Thursday, 28 May 2020

His & Hers by Alice Feeney Book Review

During these strange months it appears that a lot of people have re-discovered their love of reading (myself included).

I take great joy in reading many book reviews and even more pleasure in being able to review books personally and recommend them to all of you. 

Today I have the fun of reviewing Alice Feeney's latest novel, His & Hers.

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This is a book which reads like a puzzle, one that you can slowly piece together the more pages that you turn.

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.

There are two protagonists in this tale.

First up is Anna, a TV presenter who is working hard to solidify her role in her dream job and to become more prominent on our television screens.


Then there is Detective Chief Inspector Jack Harper, who is head of major crime in Blackdown in Surrey. This is after he left the MET due to a tragedy - which will later be revealed - and is now investigating a murder in sleepy Blackdown. 

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



The murder victim happens to be someone that Jack recognises .... and so does Anna.

Anna is the reporter fist on the scene of the murder, the woman turns out to be one of Anna's childhood friends but it isn't just the victim who she knows. Jack just so happens to be her ex-husband.

Are these things just coincidence, a chance happening?

Or is someone's past not staying hidden?

It seems like there are so many suspects to this crime.

The question isn't just who did it, it's how.

With Anna's life off screen in tatters and Jack's not doing much better, neither of these two seem to have a lot to lose.

His & Hers is a fast-paced, complex, and dark puzzle that will keep readers guessing until the very end.



Each narrator tries to tell their side. But what might be their truth appears to be another's lie. Every chapter is cleverly mixed together making it very hard to distinguish what is reality and what is perhaps imagined.

What makes this novel truly clever is how the two narratives get blurred at times.

As the reader you become confused at times as to who's actually talking. This for me made the story more thrilling.

I know you read this line a lot but this book really is fast paced, I was eager to know just what was going to happen next so when more of Anna's old school friends start turning up dead, I of couse asked the question would Anna next?

Filled with an abundance of twists and turns, Alice Feeney has mastered her craft of writing. This is a psychological thriller that does not disappoint.

The ending left me with my jaw on the floor!

If you haven't read a novel by Alice yet, this would be a good place to start.

Check out the other blogs below for more insight into this absolute fire cracker of a book.

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