Thank you, Sian, at HQ Books, for the invite and a copy of His and Hers by Alice Feeney, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
If there are two sides to every story, someone is always lying…
Jack: Three words to describe my wife: Beautiful. Ambitious. Unforgiving.
Anna: I only need one word to describe my husband: Liar.
When a woman is murdered in Blackdown village, newsreader Anna Andrews is reluctant to cover the case. Anna’s ex-husband, DCI Jack Harper, is suspicious of her involvement until he becomes a suspect in his own murder investigation.
Someone is lying, and some secrets are worth killing to keep.
Our Author: Alice Feeney
Alice Feeney is a writer and journalist. She spent fifteen years at the BBC, where she worked as a reporter, news editor, arts and entertainment producer and One O’clock News producer. Her debut novel, Sometimes I Lie, was a New York Times and international bestseller.
My Review – His And Hers
Confident, dynamic, self-reliant – Anna Andrews heads off to work as normal, only to get there and find that she’s been replaced as the face of the news. A job She has been doing to the camera for the last 2 years. Her predecessor has returned and she’s out. However, it turns out there’s been a murder in her home town of Blackdown, and they want her down there, to cover it, now. She’s reluctant, for many reasons. These become clear, as you navigate your way through the book, one by one the reasons she been avoiding going back to Blackdown raise their ugly heads and Anna can’t stop or hide from them. She’s not 15 anymore.
Firstly, her ex-husband. DCI Jack Harper – is covering the case and she can’t avoid him. The death of their daughter split them up and she hasn’t really come to terms with that. He’s qualified with a wealth of police experience, but when he realises he knows the victim, he too is sent reeling. Since splitting up with Anna, he is now living with his sister Zoe, who Anna is none too keen on, and being home, means Anna has no choice but to revisit those feelings and memories. But for his own reasons, Jack would rather not be covering the case either.
The story goes between His – Jack and Hers – Anna’s versions of events, going back to when Anna was growing up in Blackdown, during school, her school friends, and why she left. And Jack and her movements now. The information form the past is superbly drip-fed and just adds to the plotline. Secrets and lies come back as memories to Anna, that shes obviously tried to forget, and some for good reason.
Rachel Hopkin’s body had been found, its clearly murder, and its personal. The who and the why is Jack’s job to sort out. Anna’s busy reporting to the nation and getting his sidekick Priya to tell her the details was a stroke of luck. Playing along to get more details than you already have is a great tactic of Anna’s, which Jack is, of course, wise too. Having been friends with Rachel at school was even better, as it gave her greater insight for the reports and got her closer to the action than any other reporter on the scene. But it doesn’t end there and for Anna, the story soon becomes all too personal as well.
This book will hit the spot for any fans of psychological thrillers, its intensity compels you to keep reading and will ensure your on the edge of your seat throughout. The characters grip you and carry you through nicely narrating the story, whilst another voice pieces together the missing bits of the puzzle.
I loved Alice Feeney’s previous book Sometimes I Lie and was delighted to read His And Hers. Another brilliant book from HQ and from an author whos here to stay.
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