Behind Her Eyes
January 6, 2024 10:09 PM - Subscribe

When Louise, a single mom, shares a drunken kiss with a man in a bar, it starts a chain of events that she could not possibly imagine.

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake, but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend. But she also just happens to be married to David. And if you think you know where this story is going, think again, because Behind Her Eyes is like no other book you’ve read before.

David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife. But then why is David so controlling? And why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. But Louise can’t guess how wrong—and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.
posted by miss-lapin (7 comments total)
I am reading this book for my book club and oof. With a hundred pages to go the very heavily hinted at astral projection reveal just hit. Structuring the book like this, it makes me feel like the author dropped it so close to the end so that as an invested reader you'll let it slide. Like if you're gonna have paranormal elements, which I absolutely put astral projection in that category, you gotta build a world where I believe that happens. And I just don't believe it in this case.

The things I do for book club.
posted by miss-lapin at 10:14 PM on January 6 [1 favorite]

There’s also a tv version from 2021. The twist maybe works better in the show since the slightly-off world isn’t as jarring as it might be in the book.
posted by autopilot at 2:11 AM on January 7

I've held off on watching the show until I finish the book. I have about 75 pages to go, but I am very annoyed.
posted by miss-lapin at 9:48 AM on January 7

I read this book just under six years ago and hated it with a fiery intensity which has never diminished. It is fairly well written, though.
posted by johnofjack at 4:42 PM on January 7 [2 favorites]

Just finished it and yeah, I am pissed. However, my OTHER book club is doing The Devil in Silver by Richard Lavalle so I'm hoping that will be a palate cleanser.
posted by miss-lapin at 6:09 PM on January 7 [1 favorite]

I also read this several years back and I also found it incredibly frustrating and annoying, to the point where it's one of only a very few books I've deleted off my Kindle with extreme prejudice. Just no.
posted by Martha My Dear Prudence at 12:13 PM on January 8 [3 favorites]

Knowing nothing of the book, we came across the series during Covid bingeing time, and thought it was fantastic.
posted by conscious matter at 8:30 AM on January 17

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