His & Hers by Alice Feeney is a deeply psychological mystery thriller. This is a great mystery with layers upon layers. This who done it, will have you constantly changing who you think is the killer. His & Hers reminded me of the best parts of The Girl in the Train, the unreliable narrators. Both main characters lie with in the first passage already showing you the reader mistrust. I really like the way it is told you have the perspective of him, a detective for a small town, and then you have her, a BBC news correspondent. But there is also another voice the killer’s voice, the clever thing this novel does is make you find out who the third voice belongs to is it Him, Her, or is it some one else. This novel is best not knowing too much, so my plot summary will not be too long to keep the story vague. The story had a great pace and was really hard to put down. This novel is easily in my top 10 published this year. This novel would be perfect for a movie.
The Tag Line: There are two sides to every story: yours and mine, ours and theirs, His & Hers. Which means someone is always lying.
The Plot:Her:Anna has been the fill in correspondent for the one o’clock hour of the BBC for almost two years. Cat Jones the original host is back from two back to back pregnancies and Anna is demoted to a desk and to be used only for on site broadcast. A murder comes up in her old home town and she’s assigned it. But she knows the victim and saw them the day before and has had some relationship to the detective. Him: Detective Jack Harper investigates the murder of the young woman Rachael, but he knows her and has been seeing her secretly for months the body is discovered where he last saw her, and he knows the reporter that seems know insider information. The Voice: we are in either Him, Her, or Someone else the voice says I will kill them all for what they have done. Rachael is the first of many victims.
What I Liked: The Tag line is brilliant and made me pick this book. The layers to this mystery kept me going back and forth with interchanging subjects. The writing is really clever everything makes sense. The two main characters Anna and Jack are great and well rounded with a crazy connected past. I was able to really like the characters and not trust either one of them. One of the better reveals to a twist leaving it all at the end to know the whole story. One of the better written villains at the end you know why they did it, it is really messed up but you can emphasize what they wanted to achieve and did achieve. I guessed the killer early on but there was so many twist and turns I was convinced early that it wasn’t them. I liked the three perspectives narrative and trying to find out who the third voice was. There was more than a few moments where, I was blown away by twist and turns.
What I Disliked: To throw the reader off they have a sequence of events that were a little hard to believe that one character would act one way, and not have a conversation about it. It was a cool moment but I wanted some dialogue spoken not just action.
Recommendations: This is a perfect thriller with more twist and turns than I can remember. The killer is viscous, and will keep you guessing until the end. If you like thrillers with unreliable narrators who blatantly lie, then this book is for you. The closest book I would compare it to is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I rated His & Hers by Alice Feeney 5 out of 5 stars. This is author Alice Feeney’s third book, I am a fan and will add Sometimes I Lie and I Know Who You Are to my TBR.