HIS & HERS BY ALICE FEENEY


PLOT SUMMARY:

There are two sides to every story: yours and mine, ours and theirs, His & Hers. Which means someone is always lying.

Anna Andrews finally has what she wants. Almost. She’s worked hard to become the main TV presenter of the BBC’s lunchtime news, putting work before friends, family, and her now ex-husband. So, when someone threatens to take her dream job away, she’ll do almost anything to keep it.

When asked to cover a murder in Blackdown - the sleepy countryside village where she grew up - Anna is reluctant to go. But when the victim turns out to be one of her childhood friends, she can’t leave. It soon becomes clear that Anna isn’t just covering the story, she’s at the heart of it.

DCI Jack Harper left London for a reason, but never thought he’d end up working in a place like Blackdown. When the body of a young woman is discovered, Jack decides not to tell anyone that he knew the victim, until he begins to realise he is a suspect in his own murder investigation.

One of them knows more than they are letting on. Someone isn’t telling the truth. Alternating between Anna's and Jack's points of view, His & Hers is a fast-paced, complex, and dark puzzle that will keep readers guessing until the very end.


MY REVIEW:

This was another book that got a lot of hype over the summer and I am happy to report that it totally lived up to it!

His & Hers is a dark and incredibly fast paced thriller that constantly has you on your toes and trying to guess where it goes next. However, Feeney is always one step ahead and just when you think you've nailed where the story is going, she does a complete 180 and you're back to the drawing board!

The characters are great, they each bring so much to the story. I won't lie, I did find Anna a bit annoying but I feel that is the way she was meant to come across, which just shows how good a writer Feeney is. Both Anna and Jack are heavily burdened with loss and are trying to navigate their way through this and this sense of grief comes across extremely well and gives us a deeper glimpse into who they are.

The writing is really atmospheric as well and you feel like you are in Blackdown with our characters. The scenes that take place in the forest are my favourite, you really feel like you're there.

With regards of the overall plot and the 'whodunit' reveal, I did not see it coming! The end totally threw me and I loved it! The pace was so tense and I was at the edge of my seat for the whole final quarter of the book and couldn't believe the final reveal. It was so well thought out and clever.

This is what I look for when I pick up a thriller. These days I find so many of them are easy to guess or build up for ages and then the ending is just a total let down. Thankfully Feeney has redeemed this genre for me and I cannot wait to read more from her!

IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:

Fast Paced

Tense

Total twist I didn't see coming!


FAVOURITE QUOTE:

'Confusing the sound of a kettle with some kind of cry for help was probably just wishful thinking on my part. You can't help someone find their way if they won't admit they're lost.'

FAVOURITE CHARACTER:

Definitely Jack, mainly because I found Anna a little annoying sometimes(!). He also came across as the most real and had a lot of depth.

OVERALL RATING:

9/10

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