His & Hers by Alice Feeney
Narrated by Richard Armitage and Stephanie Racine
Published by Macmillan Audio (July 2020)
The version that I listened to was an ARC provided by NetGalley. The opinions are my own!
Story Summary, as told by Goodreads:
There are two sides to every story: yours and mine, ours and theirs. His & Hers. Which means someone is always lying. 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, but she is at the heart of it.
DCI Jack Haper 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 realize he is a suspect in his own murder investigation. One of them knows more than they are letting on.
Someone, isn’t telling the truth.
A few thoughts after listening: I am SO late with this review, I know! I started listening to this book in July on the weekends during my walks and then forgot about it, but I am so glad that I finished it now!
I haven’t listened to many audiobooks – it’s still a new medium, for me, as a reader – but I am really glad that I listened to this one. I don’t think that the separate third narrator ( the murderer’s distorted voice) would have come across as well if I had read the print version. I think that having a voice to place with those sections of the story helped me keep everyone separate rather than me reading just the words on a page in my own voice – a woman’s voice – and then making the unconscious assumption that the killer is a woman…but, I digress.
At first, I wasn’t sure that I was interested in the story. I think the opening of the book was a little slow and I sometimes struggle with books set in another country but that’s just me as a reader.. I started to really immerse myself in the story of Anna, Jack, and this murder in the woods at around chapter 5. What made this audiobook really special and engaging for me was that the two characters were read by separate voice actors and then they used a voice changing tool for the murder which helped to muddy the gender of the murderer. That threw me so far off the trail that I was completely wrong during the big reveal!
Anna and Jack have such a sad, complicated history. A small part of you wants to see them reconcile, but at the same time, you can’t help but keep feeling like Jack is the killer so you also want to hate him. From minute one, I was convinced he was going to be the killer in the end, but the story soon shows you that it’s not him and then you root for reconciliation and healing all over again.
Thank you, Netgalley and the Flatiron (Macmillan) Audio teams! This is the first time I have read an audio ARC and I hope to read more soon!
My Rating: I was pleasantly surprised by this thriller/suspense novel!