Sunday, August 2, 2020

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ His & Hers by Alice Feeney

His & Hers
A Novel
By: Alice Feeney
Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Stephanie Racine
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 07-28-20
Language: English
Publisher: Macmillan Audio

There are two sides to every story: yours and mine, ours and theirs, His & Hers. Which means someone is always lying.

When a woman is murdered in Blackdown, a quintessentially British village, newsreader Anna Andrews is reluctant to cover the case. Detective Jack Harper is suspicious of her involvement, until he becomes a suspect in his own murder investigation.

Someone isn’t telling the truth, and some secrets are worth killing to keep.

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Momma Says: 2 stars⭐⭐

His & Hers had terrific potential, but it suffers from a bad case of too much - too many unlikable characters, and I mean really unlikable, too much back and forth between unreliable narrators, and I can't believe I'm saying this but too many red herrings. At one point, I'm pretty sure every single character had said, done, or thought something that made them suspicious. As far as time inside the characters' heads, we have Anna and Jack, which is the bulk of the book, but we also get the occasional chapter from our killer, who could be Anna or Jack either one or any number of other characters. Everybody has the opportunity at some point in the book and the same goes for motive. In fact, there are various comments and thoughts throughout the book that can lead you to suspect most anyone. In most cases, I would say that twists I don't see coming are a good thing, but some of these were just completely over the top, especially one toward the end. There's a point close to the end when we're hearing from Anna, and honestly, had the book ended with that chapter, I likely would've rated it higher. Instead, it goes on and ventures into some pretty improbable territory. Anything is possible, I suppose, but this was just a little too much for me. It kind of felt like it had to go on just to get one more twist in, only that one more twist didn't work for me. The pacing was another problem for me. It started out well, and the author does provide a pretty good hook at the beginning, and from there it's a mix of really good storytelling and some serious lags in the pace. Those slow parts walk the edge of boring, and then it picks back up again with a decent hook. It just bounces between fast and slow a lot. As this is the audio format, I should mention that we have dual narration done by Richard Armitage and Stephanie Racine. Now, for the most part, Armitage and Racine do a solid job with this book, except for the chapters from the killer's point of view. As I mentioned, those chapters could be anyone, so they're done a bit differently than Anna's or Jack's chapters. It kind of sounds like the person is speaking through a voice changer, and I suppose it's effective. My problem is that while it distorted the voice, it also made it sound as though the person had their mouth full. It was just shy of muffled. I realize that I'm in the minority here, but it is what it is. In the end, I liked the narrators well enough that I'd listen to them again, but the story has left me disappointed. 

❃❃Audiobook provided by NetGalley and Macmillan Audio

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