Book Review: His and Hers

Like any conflict, there are two sides of the story, and then there’s the truth. In His & Hers, readers hear from three voices – Anna Andrews, a lunchtime television presenter on the BBC, DCI Jack Harper, who’s investigating the death of someone he recognizes in his hometown, and an undisclosed third narrator who knows exactly what’s going on.

This psychological thriller is set in fictional Blackdown, a small town in the English countryside and exactly the sort of place where I daydream about living. Anna is attractive and clever, keen to keep her highly sought position at the BBC, but someone who ought to drink a little less. She is divorced from DCI Jack Harper, who is so likable and so clearly still attracted to his ex-wife. Their two sides of the story are filled with interesting details based on their upbringings, relationships, and current working relationship as a TV journalist and detective. The alternating narrations keep you wondering about their WHOLE story and how it might (or might not) relate to the murder victim.

The third narrator is clearly the killer, but, of course, we don’t find out who it is until the end.

Now, if you know me in real life, I’ve likely pushed Sometimes I Lie on you. I dearly loved that book and have listened to it three times on Audible. Unfortunately, I didn’t love Feeney’s second novel, I Know Who You Are, so I probably didn’t even mention reading it to anyone. (It was one of those books that, when you get to the end, you’re thinking, “Really?”)

When His & Hers came out in 2020, I gave it a chance and it was well worth it. I am a sucker for good thrillers, and this one didn’t disappoint. You’ll move through it quickly.

Book Review: Sometimes I Lie

I resolved to write this book review before diving into other things because I simply must implore you all read it, particularly if you’re into psychological thrillers.

THE TWISTS.

But anyway.

My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me: 
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

The book begins with this, and then it jumps into Amber’s head because even though she’s in a coma she is FULLY AWARE of her surroundings. Inside, she is awake, but she cannot propel her body, face, or voice to function as it should. Essentially, she is imprisoned in her flesh. The entire book is a steady climb to figure out what happened to put her in this state.

A note: This is one of my worst fears – to be awake in the mind and dead in the body. That, and being near-killed in a horrific car wreck that leaves me paralyzed and a vegetable. That, and a house fire that kills my animals because we have gotten out but they haven’t.

Anyway, back to Amber. She’s in a coma and bit by bit we learn the details of what put her there.  We hear what’s said over her by physicians, nurses, her husband, her sister… Amber asks questions, but of course no one answers because they do not know she is awake.

This is now, the day after Christmas in 2016, but there are two other sections. Before, which denotes time and events before the accident that put her in a coma, days just before Christmas in 2016. There is also then, snippets from a diary in 1991 and 1992, quick looks back at girlhood and behavior and questionable things.

This jumping around is not hard to follow if you’re paying attention, therefore the book should not be read or listened do while doing other things. Fully devote your attention to Sometimes I Lie because if you miss too much you’ll be lost, and no one wants that.

Then there’s the ending.

Yes, read this book. Listen to it, if that’s your preferred way. Alice Feeney did so very well.