His & Hers; Alice Feeney
Flatiron Books/Macmillan Audio - 2020
There are two sides to every story HIS (Detective Jack Harper) and HERS (Anna Andrews, BBC News anchor).
Anna, is newly single, estranged from her mother and someone who drinks too much. She's also someone with some dark secrets from her past when she was a teen, which are about to come back and haunt her. When Anna is sent to cover a murder story in the quiet village of Blackdown, the victim turns out to be a woman she knew in her past.
Jack is a police detective, also single and also covering the same case. He arrives at the scene and realizes that he knows the victim as well, but, he decides not tell anyone just what he knows. Jack also drinks a bit too much.
When more women with connections to Anna and Jack end up dead, with a signature item tied to each of their tongues, it looks as if a serial killer is out there. Who will the next victim be? Who is lying?
I loved almost everything about this psych thriller. The (2) unreliable narrators alternate the short chapters of this novel. I loved how only bits and pieces of info/clues are revealed throughout the book, allowing the read to speculate what may have happened along the way and in the past. As the story progresses the web gets larger - who is the killer and what was the motive?
What I hated - SPOILER - cat lovers, like me, will be appalled at what they read on page 247. Why do authors have to spoil books for animal lovers by resorting to animal abuse? It's toward the last 50 or so pages of the book so, I felt I still had to see how this one ended since I was already so invested. However, what would have been a 5 star rating is no more. This was a fast paced page turning thriller that I was able to read in just 2-sittings. Well done except for what I cited previously. I started this book on audio and it is well-done but, the male voice was really creepy, too creepy to listen to before bedtime so I picked up the print edition as well.
a couple quotes that I liked....
"We rarely deserve the lives we lead. We pay for them however we can, be it with money, guilt or regret."
"Silence is my favorite sympathy, I can't think clearly when life gets too loud."
"Some people build invisible walls around themselves in the name of self-observation. Hers was tall, solid and impenetrable."