His and Hers - Alice Feeney
Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley
If there are two sides to every story, someone is always lying… 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.
Wow, this gripped me right from the start and didn’t let go until I had finished. There are so many twists, turns and little hooks to keep you reading it really makes for a fascinating read. We are alternating between ‘His’ voice, who is Jack a DCI in a sleepy town where hardly any crime ever happens. Until one day there is a murder, and he is thrown headfirst into the investigation. Does he know more than he is letting on, though? Then we have ‘Her’ voice; Anna is a news reporter with lots of troubling attributes. She has a drinking problem, has just lost her dream job and a dark past. She finds herself covering the news of the murder, and again she seems to know more than she should. The whole way through you think you are being told who has done the murders, but I’m not sure if this was a formatting issue with the ARC copy that I had or was intentional? So when the end came, I was thrown entirely, but the author still has some tricks up her sleeve and keeps surprising us and shocking us right up until the very last sentence. This was brilliantly written and moved at a fast pace to keep you wanting to turn those pages. I’d checked my review for her last book ‘I Know Who You Are’ and it seems that this is her speciality as I felt the same after that one that I do after this. She is undoubtedly a talented writer, and I really must find time to go back and read her first book.