Two women; two different worlds. Emma is a struggling mother who has put everything on hold. Nina is sophisticated and independent - entirely in control. When the pair meet, Nina generously draws Emma into her life. But this isn't the first time the women's paths have crossed.
Nina remembers Emma and she remembers what Emma did. But what exactly does Nina want from her And how far will she go in pursuit of it?
©2014 Harriet Lane (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group
In a chance meeting on a London street, sophisticated Nina encounters old acquaintance and harried new mum Emma. Nina has a much longer memory than Emma and begins to court lonely, forgetful and isolated Emma, 'Her', as Nina thinks of Emma: HER.
Harriet Lane's story is told in two voices, one calculating the other rather oblivious and sweet. There are no real surprises in 'Her', but in the two narratives, Lane makes you care about the finely wrought characters- she makes you hope the inevitable and cataclysmic ending can somehow be averted.
There's no fancy footwork here, no unreliable narrative, misdirection or obstrufication- just taut, excellent storybuilding through two distinct points of view. In fact, 'Her' kind of crept up on me; I was on the fence, thinking it might be a return but after a couple of hours was surprised to find myself utterly engaged.
Narrator Julie Maisey is superb as both characters, but the audio recording of 'Her' needs two distinct voices: a few times I picked up the story in the middle of a chapter and waited or rewound to figure out whether it was Nina or Emma's narrative.
Despite the misjudgment in production, 'Her' ranks somewhere near the top of the 400+ books in my library.
"Don't waste your credit"
The story only needed telling once. Telling the same incidents from two perspectives felt like padding.
No . This is just a poor one.
The narration was the best part
Frustration, boredom and then anger. I saw it through to the end for the great reveal which was something and nothing, and then the abrupt inconclusive ending made me scream !
"It's good to work it out for yourself sometimes"
Not the greatest but I liked the perfect depiction of couples who have children . I will leave it there !
Nina because she wasn't Emma
The final scene running to the pool
.I may try another book by this author because I enjoyed her writing style very much, however, the story disappointed in in its predictability, particularly towards the end.
I did listen to it in one go, more for the reason that I was decorating a room at the time, rather than being so enthralled I couldn't stop..
The narrator delivered the characters perfectly, but so much of the narrative - delivered alternately, chapter by chapter, in the voice of one or other of the two main protagonists, was too repetitive, most especially when it came at the beginning of the final chapter when I actually had to check that the download had worked properly. I did feel sorry for Julie Maisey in that the story only enabled to change her emotive style at the very last minute.
"Not my jaunre"
I tried this book out when it was highlighted as book I would want to read even though it was not really my jaunre it was unbelievable quite predictable.
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