Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough was one of those books.
I picked this book up because it was a selection from Book of the Month. If it had not been, I would probably have passed over this book since the cover is pretty generic and unless you pick it up, it simply looks like a throw away book.
The great thing about this book is, you will not guess the ending. You simply will not unless you turn to the last section of the book and start reading, but trust me, DO NOT READ AHEAD. This has been my advice to anyone looking to read this book. Don't skim it, don't read the chapter headings, and for goodness sake, do NOT read ahead. It makes the book so much better because of it.
It begins in a kiss. Louise, a single mother, meets a guy at a bar and winds up kissing him at the end of the night. He leaves immediately and Louise doesn't know why. She shows up to her job the next day and is introduced to a new boss- the guy she kissed last night. They both decide to move forward as if nothing happened, but Louise continues to have a thing for David.
Meanwhile, while getting coffee one day, Louise bumps into Adele and strikes up a conversation. Adele invites her out one day to go to the gym and then hang out. Louise is trying to get her life into order and accepts. A few pages later, we learn Adele is also the name of David's wife. Louise now must contend with the fact that she is seeing David's wife AND has a thing for David that will blossom. What will happen in this bizzarre love triangle?
As stated earlier, don't read ahead as this is one of the craziest books I have read so far. As I was reading, I kept thinking, this cannot get stranger until Pinborough, through her book, said- hold my beer, I am just getting started. Get through Part 1, which is essentially the introduction to the characters, the plot, etc. Part II is where the real fun begins. By the time you get to Part III, you will not know which way is up and you will definitely not guess the ending. You won't even ball park the ending. You won't even be in the town where the ball park is with your ending guess and the ending fits wonderfully into the book.
This is not to say the book doesn't have its flaws. It drags a bit and there are a few plot holes in the book, but it is such a fun read that those things will not matter, just keep going. This was the most fun I had with a book this year.
I gave this book 4 stars.
Here is your Book of the Month Club link- Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough