Netflix let us in on one of their upcoming series, Behind Her Eyes, once again a little bit earlier. Set to hit the platform from tomorrow (17th February), Behind Her Eyes is an onscreen psychological thriller adapted from Sarah Pinborough’s bestselling novel with the same title. The book is also set as a suspenseful psychological thriller first published in 2017. Clearly a huge hit it was that it (the book) quickly got turned into an onscreen series a couple of years later.
That forms part of the reason why we were originally attracted to it and the fact that it shares similarities to another series, The Affair, which we also highly enjoyed and followed religiously, also added favorably to its case. It mainly revolves around three characters (Adele, Louise and David) played by Eve Hawson, Simona Brown and Tom Bateman, respectively.
Since her husband walked out, Louise (Brown) has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all of that changes when she falls head over heels for the successful, dashing and charming David Young (Bateman).
For a while, their relationship seems perfect, as most naturally seem at least from the outside. Adding to that, he (initially in Louise’s eyes at least) also seems perfect. But everything comes to a grinding halt when Louise meets David’s beautiful wife, Adele (Hawson), and finds herself caught in a web of secrets and lies where nothing is what it seems. Certain questions arise as a result, mainly… Is David really the man she thought she knew? Is Adele really as sweet and vulnerable as she appears? What terrible secrets are they both hiding? And, more importantly, how far will they go to keep them?
Behind Her Eyes makes for an intriguing watch and the episode count of 6 ensure that you won’t get fatigued while watching. It makes a good case study for attraction… how quickly it develops between two people, and, in some instances such as this one, tends to have serious and not so great consequences for those involved.
Weird sequences also come to light especially towards the end that perfectly explain what the meaning of the title is which at first we couldn’t determine. Having also not read the book, the twist in the end also made for a shocking revelation, you could say not reading the book was actually a good thing in the end. After all one of the main things around any good watch is the intrigue of wanting to find out more and seeing what happens. Having said that though, it also wouldn’t hurt to read the book now to see how it compares with its onscreen counterpart.
The series won’t blow your mind like say this here, what it will do instead is make for a really good and adequate watch. Its unpredictability is its main draw card which will also have you wondering, over and above the surface plot, what secrets are being kept and why. The nature of it and how well put together it is, coupled with the acting, which is also quite good, easily and comfortably place it on Netflix’s list of good series to watch… at least that’s what we think.
One that will probably fly under the radar a bit, for those who invest the time (which isn’t that much considering the total running time) Behind Her Eyes will make for an enjoyable watch that will have you looking forward to its second season, we hope there is one planned. So, with all that said, does it fall under the stream it or not category? Another no brainer really, a definite stream it.
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