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.
His & Hers is a dark and twisty story told by Jack Harper(his) and his ex-wife, Anna Andrews (hers). Full of suspense and surprises, the story unfolds slowly and methodically in a way that lulls you into a false sense of security until another person is found dead. Then the rug is pulled out from under you.
What I Loved
The narration is spot-on. It can be confusing if you must leave off in the middle of a chapter because the voices are not distinct, but the two narrators are imperative for the telling of this story, so that is easily forgiven. Anna is the main character, as the back story is mostly hers to tell; however, Jack plays a critical support role and can fill in the gaps. Anna is a very intricately developed character that is full of flaws and missteps. And though the support characters are not as well developed, they are as fleshed out as the plot allows without giving away the truths behind the secrets too soon.
I loved that this is a story about secrets, lies, and the systematic and planned unfolding of the truth. Truths, once revealed, twist and turn your thoughts until you cry “uncle,” but then the story keeps going to take the dark deliciousness to unspeakable heights. As much as I love this, it also makes a review of substance exceedingly tricky, since I always strive to avoid all spoilers. And there are so many potential spoilers, which is useful in a sense because it speaks to the amount of fun you will have reading this story.
I loved the short chapters as it keeps the story at a fast pace that is matched by what is going on. The novel took me to the past and back to the present at a wickedly enticing speed, and both stories are thoroughly engrossing. At no point did I note a lull in the story, and I love it when a book keeps me on my toes from start to finish.
To Read or Not to Read
If you love dark and twisty stories that take you on a fast-paced thrill ride, this is the story you won’t want to miss this summer
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.