Review of Behind Her Eyes

Recently, I shared my “Lazarus Rating System” for reviewing books. Here’s my latest book review. Let me know what you think of the rating system. Did you find the review useful? Does this type of review help you to determine your next read?

Title – Behind Her Eyes

Author – Sarah Pinborough 

Overall Score – 4

The best part of Sarah Pinborough’s Behind Her Eyes was that it was addictive and so cleverly told from 3 points of view – Louise, Adele and a narrator. I couldn’t figure it out and now understand why – the #wtfthatending is not something most readers would guess. While I would have preferred something more conventional, the superb storytelling, human insights and character development were very well done.

Book Cover – 4

I don’t like covers with “people” on them, but this one only shows just an eye so it doesn’t spoil the mental picture in my mind of the characters. The title will make sense at the end.

Plot – 4

Is Adele psychotic like Amy of “Gone Girl” or a trapped woman like Grace of “Behind Closed Doors” or something else? Is Louise a jilted, alcoholic single mother like Rachel of “Girl on the Train”?

Lots of comparisons, but the ending has no comparison … well, except for a few I’ve seen from Hollywood that I won’t share in order to avoid spoilers.

The plot had me guessing the whole time, especially as I tried to figure out Adele’s motive and to tie the backstory explained by the narrator to the current events. I finally decided to just enjoy the ride, and though I wasn’t a fan of the ending, I did come to understand why I couldn’t figure it out.

Character Development – 5

Louise – 5; The protagonist, so relatable that anyone would forgive her flaws and root for her

Adele – 5; A beautiful mystery of a woman

David – 5; A monster or misunderstood, not revealed until the end

Pace – 5

When I was 2/3 done, the storyline was spinning up so fast that I truly wondered how there could only be 1/3 to go, but it kept me entertained! Diving into this book made time disappear – I was hooked!

Basics (Grammar, Punctuation, Format) – 5

All good.

PS – if you listen to the audio book it is narrated by Anna BentinckJosie DunnBea HollandHuw Parmenter — you won’t be disappointed, especially the Scottish accent given to David.

Price – 4

Hard Cover – 16.94; which is fair compared to other novels of this type.

Kindle – 12.99; which seems a bit high compared to the hard cover price.

Any other criteria that you think I should add to my “Lazarus Rating System”?

About the image: recently the New York Public Library opened their digital collection. It’s like a candy store of art, graphics, history and style. As a writer I am fascinated by desks, working spaces and styles. Wouldn’t you love this desk in your office?

Image Credit: CABINET MAKER AND ARTIST’S ENCYCLOPEDIAThe New York Public Library. artist: Thomas SheratonThe New York Public Library Digital Collections



Free of Malice National Book Tour 2017 – Liz Lazarus

Liz Lazarus Free of Malice National Book Tour Spring 2017

We’re taking Free of Malice on the road for a series of book events. I’ve teamed up with local chapters of The Well Armed Woman for events in the following cities. Please contact the chapter for event details.  Join me in a city near you!

Date City
June 27 Orlando, FL
July 7 Kansas City, MO
July 8 Springfield, MO
July 21 Orange County, NY
July 22 Long Island, NY
August 5 Atlanta, GA (GA Carry)
September 9 Sacramento, CA
September 11 Reno, NV
October 16 Central Maryland
October 17 Lancaster, PA
Thank you for hosting me:
March 12 Florence, MS
March 31 Raymond, MS
April 1 Naples, FL
April 4 Saint Peters, MO
April 5 Evansville, IN
April 6 Haubstadt, IN
April 21 South Jordan, UT
May 8 La Porte, IN
May 9 Fort Wayne, IN
May 10 Anderson, IN
May 17 Cleveland, OH
May 18 Columbus, OH
May 19 Cincinnati, OH
May 20 Johns Creek, GA
June 8 Des Moines, IA
June 10 Brooklyn, MI
June 21 Canton, GA

If you are interested in hosting a Free of Malice book event or signing, please contact me at liz [at] lizlazarus [dot] com – more event details coming soon.

See you soon,