Behind Her Eyes author Sarah Pinborough opens up about *that* shock ending and how it's ok if people 'hate' it

She'd rather people hate it than are 'indifferent'

Tom Bateman and Eve Hewson in Netflix's Behind Her Eyes (Season 1, ep. 101, aired Feb. 17, 2021)
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Behind Her Eyes author Sarah Pinborough may have achieved great success already when her book was published back in 2017, but the hit Netflix adaptation of her sinister story has certainly hooked a new audience. The chilling thriller tells the tale of Louise, who finds herself dangerously drawn into the lives of couple David and Adele. The Netflix series brilliantly captured the unnerving undertone of the Behind Her Eyes book. Many will now be tempted to pick up their best eReader and immerse themselves in the novel. Whilst those who have already made it through to the final episode might be looking for that confusing ending to be explained

The show covered the full Behind Your Eyes plot from the novel, though that won’t stop some people from keeping their fingers crossed for a Behind Her Eyes season 2. After all, we need to know what happens next!

Love it or hate it, it’s that ending that has got everyone talking. And when it comes to the twist, it seems that writer Sarah is more than happy for not everyone to be as keen on it.

Tom Bateman and Eve Hewson, "Behind Her Eyes" (2021)

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What has Behind Her Eyes author Sarah Pinborough said about the ending?

Behind Her Eyes author Sarah Pinborough has reportedly referred to her novel as a "Marmite book" - you either love it or you hate it. And now she has spoken out in an interview with The Guardian about that somewhat controversial ending after the show aired. 

“I don’t mind people who hate the book,” she stated. “I’d rather they hate it than be indifferent. What I don’t like is when people say, ‘She didn’t know how to end this book, she tacked on this ending.’ I’m like, ‘Go back and read it again, do your homework!’”

Once you know the truth of the twist, you won’t be able to help yourself going back through the show episodes and book chapters to see the clues you might have missed. 

Discussing the writing process for the bestselling book, Sarah revealed she tried infusing the plot with “flavour” and then the twist came to her. However, she also noted that whilst the idea for the twist was there, writing it wasn’t as easy as she’d imagined.

“I wanted it to hit all the beats of a regular thriller. The clues had to be there,” she said. “At first I thought it was going to be really easy to write, but it was quite hard. Everything had to have dual meaning, so that no one could say this character lied. I would have hated that.”

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Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.

Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for 

After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!