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His and Hers

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Summary

Soon to be a major tv series, with Jessica Chastain as executive producer.

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.

©2020 Alice Feeney (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"What a ride, I loved this book and the brilliant Hitchcockian twist!" (Sarah Michelle Gellar)

"Twisty and gripping." (Jane Fallon)

"Clever, compulsive." (Louise Candlish)

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Contrived, obvious, unappealing and samey - yawn!

First off, not about the book but about the narration - it was super easy to realise who the killer was as though the voice was distorted, through the intonation and rhythm as well as some heavy handed tips.

It was one of those books which showed you a huge suspect - hinted that there was more to it and there was a clever villian lurking out of sight, unexposed .............. but then it turned out to be the obvious killer ... yawn!

Kind of an anti-mystery as we were shown from the get go who the baddie is.

Add to this some very unlikable and unbelievable characters, contrived events all set ridiculously at the BBC where the staff are all cardboard cutout stereotypes hurriedly sketched in - old people with body odour, alcoholics who carry round miniatures which they buy in bulk - um surely just buying regular bottles and decanting into a soft drink or water bottle would be a cleverer and more economic way to go instead of clanking round with a handbag full of tiny labelled bottles. Newsreaders who are "sacked" and sent back to be correspondents and although they are still going to be used as newsreaders in the school holidays (so quite a lot really) getting all bent out of shape, Detectives who are walking disasters with no regard for protocol or the law ........... the list drags on.

This is where the YAWN came in. I fell asleep as I slowly became more and more bored and disenchanted with this unlikable tale and woke up in the middle of some awful part about cats being captured and having their tails cut off.

Phew what a relief, this highly contrived, embarrassingly self-conscious and unoriginal book, which I was hoping might in some way redeem itself, just ran out of chances - back it goes, Adios!

This whole experience reminds me of buying a sandwich from a pricey shop, it looked good, it seemed like your sort of thing, you wanted to like it, but there was just no substance to it, ITleft a bad taste in your mouth and made you feel a bit grim afterwards!

Narration was fine, but just such an unwholesome and unpleasant listen, I feel like I could do with a shower to get the grime off!

Yuk and yawn.

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Gave up after an hour....

I was trying to reserve judgement and get into the plot. Just about coping with the terrible narration, then came the "dalek" voice? So I stopped listening.

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Original

Great plot, well thought out by the author and with the benefit of hindsight, plenty of clues along the way. Once we hear the final explanation, the clues come together and all make sense.

A refreshingly original plot, with the detective himself being closely connected with the crime(s) and not wanting his colleagues to know.

I loved the "creepy voice" of the killer appearing at intervals throughout the story. As listeners we're constantly trying to work out who the creepy voice actually is. (There are clues!)

Above all, I loved the author's writing style, so much more than a simple "who dun it". Mainly, it's about relationships. I'll be looking for more books by Alice Feeney.

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Very intriguing

Really enjoyed this book. Was very intriguing. I had to finish it. It was very gripping. Brilliant performances.

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Well written, with a great plot line.

Really enjoyed the story and trying to workout who did it.

Definitely worth a listen.

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Did not see the ending coming

I'm normally good at spotting an ending and get a bit blasé, yeah totally wrong this time, had to go back and pay attention! I loved the fact I totally missed it. Well written and narrated

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Brilliant 5 star!

What a rollercoaster ride! Grips the listener from the start and keeps going - I loved it! Would recommend for lovers of thriller/suspense books. And the narration superb; one of the few books I think is better on audio. Definitely recommend.

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Well lots of surprises within

This thriller was packed full of twists almost to the point where I needed to take big breaths and check back to ensure that I was hearing it righ. Very entertaining though a few disturbing scenes

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An excellent whodunnit

I whizzed through this book because it really held my attention, with lots of twists and turns. It kept me guessing right up until the end. In a market so full of excellent police procedurals, it is really something to find a book that takes you by surprise. Thiis one ticked all of the boxes for me - great story, well plotted, full of believable characters, unusual twists, excellent narration.

I thoroughly recommend it.

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Loved this book!

I loved everything about this book - the writing style, the plot, the twists and the ending. I would definitely recommend it.