HQ | 28 May 2020 | 384 pgs
Source: Library 

His and Hers gives readers three sides of a story - a divorced couple's POVs and the mysterious killer surrounding a murder(s) investigation. 

Anna Andrews has finally gotten the job of her dreams as a newsreader at BBC after her predecessor, Cat Jones, has gone away for her maternity leave. Anna thought she'd get the job permanently through her good performance, but her hope is dashed once Cat decides to return and take back her place. Feeling bitter and dejected, Anna goes back to being a correspondent and her big break finally came when she's assigned to cover a murder in the woods at sleepy Blackdown.  

DCI Jack Harper is Anna's ex-husband and their relationship is torn apart from a tragedy involving their little girl years ago. Jack's life has been mundane until he finds himself entangled in a murder case. It turns out that the murdered victim is someone he knew intimately and it seemed he might be the last person who'd seen her alive. Although the investigation team finds a shoe print around the crime scene, they've yet to pinpoint the perpetrator. Jack and his rookie partner, Priya, are assigned to this case and he's surprised (though not so pleased) to see Anna again under this circumstances. To complicate matters, Anna knew the murdered victim, too. They were high school friends and their friendship was great at some point until Anna saw through her motives. Jack knew about their past friendship but Anna didn't know that Jack was seeing her.  

Through alternative POVs, the reader gets to learn about the thoughts and mindset of Jack and Anna. The killer's narrative was understandably vague for suspense reason, but it does add some doubts about the credibility between Jack and Anna. There're also flashbacks of the past featuring Anna's high school days and her friendship with a few girls; as well as all the bullying which would come back to haunt them all as Anna soon finds her ex-school friends turn up dead one by one. Will she be next? Or are there something more behind Anna's and Jack's mind? Then there's Priya, who is working so hard to please Jack yet she's not totally upfront with him at times. 

Overall, this twisty psychological thriller kept me on edge and the plot and suspense was quite well-paced and nicely executed. The "whodunit" took me by surprise but I didn't really buy the "howdunit" as it seemed a bit far-fetched to me. That said, this minor complaint didn't deter me from enjoying the book. 

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12 Responses
  1. Lark Says:

    I don't always like a book with the killer's POV, but it sounds like it works in this one. And twisty is always good in a thriller.

  2. I loved this one, it really had me turning the pages. She has a new book coming out in 2021: Rock, Paper, Scissors.

  3. jenclair Says:

    This sounds good! I'll look for it. :)

  4. Melody Says:

    Lark - I think a killer's POV can be interesting and add suspense to the story, though it's not a pleasant read considering the reader is "getting inside" the killer's mind. I think it works well in this book considering the characters are unreliable and each harbours secrets.

  5. Melody Says:

    Diane - I liked this book better than the previous. I'll have to check out the new book!

  6. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - Hope you'll enjoy this one! :)

  7. This sounds good, Melody! I am glad you enjoyed it.

  8. Melody Says:

    Wendy - Loved the various of narratives in this one. It all makes this story a compelling read.

  9. Iliana Says:

    Oh, I like the sound of this one. I actually do like thrillers when they have various viewpoints because I think it's a great way to keep you guessing about the whodunit, etc. Great review!

  10. Melody Says:

    Iliana - Thanks, Iliana! I love multiple viewpoints too, but not too many to confuse, lol. Hope you'll enjoy this book if you get to it.

  11. I think I have a copy of all her books but have yet to dive in. A too many books problem!

  12. Melody Says:

    Diana - Totally understand about that too many books problem, lol. Hopefully you'll get to read this book at some point.

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