His & Hers
Flatiron Books, July 2020
The Title – His and Hers – refers to the book’s two main characters.
Hers: Anna Andrews, a newsreader, divorced and living and working in London, with a troubled past.
His: Detective Chief Inspector Jack Harper who lives and works in the small English village of Blackdown where he grew up.
We are introduced to these two characters in separate chapters at the beginning and throughout this rather unusual and intriguing novel.
When the body of a young woman is found in Blackdown Woods, Detective Chief Inspector Jack Harper is called to the scene.
Anna Andrews, who has recently been taken off her job as newsreader, is asked to travel to Blackdown to cover the murder. She is somewhat reluctant to go. Anna grew up in Blackdown, her mother still lives there, but Anna hasn’t seen her in months and the village holds no good memories for her.
The murder victim, Rachel Hopkins, is known to both Anna and Jack, a fact neither wants revealed. But as the investigation unfolds the reader is privy to both Anna’s and Jack’s take on the murder. It isn’t long before the connections between Jack and Rachel and Anna and Rachel surface, casting suspicions on both of them.
This twisted tale is full of surprises and more victims before it reaches an exciting and dramatic climax. But even there the tale isn’t quite over…
You’ll have to check this one out… You’ll be glad you did.
Reviewed by guest reviewer Moyra Tarling, November 2020.