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.
"Enjoyable but stretched the bounds of credibility"
On the whole I enjoyed this subtle grudge story. It held my attention and I was not able to guess how Emma had managed to do something that was bad but also completely forgettable. The fact that the story replayed the same scenes through two character's eyes was a little tedious especially at the end when the tension should have been mounting. I also thought the plot relied a little too much on Emma and her husband being rather dim and gullible. The ending was good but I wished for more.
Tops marks for the narration but a little less for the story overall.
"One for the mind"
No I would not but it is not because of this book I just don't listen to books more than once
Finding out how little space there can be between good and evil ..
I am just totally in love with audiobooks but of course the narration has to be in top and Julie Maisey does a good job.
I like books that describe the surroundings in detail which this book does. Simply a good listen..
Written from the perspective of two women, this book was novel at first but got tiresome after a while, the ending is not satisfactory and I wouldn't recommend this much.
"Waste of Time"
I couldn't see the point of this book. The story was really dull and exceedingly slow. I just kept listening on and on and on, waiting to get to the crux of the story, and then discovered that it hinged on an another implausible event, and the ending, what a total cop out, even added to my feeling that the book was a total waste of time. really sorry I used up one of my valuable credits.
A book by a better writer!
Sadness and disappointment.
"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 !
The very unfulfilling ending ruined the whole story. Made the book seem pointless and unresolved.
"Not what I was expecting..."
I didn't mind the narration at all, it was quite well done. However, I was disappointed by the story. I didn't feel connected to either character and felt their daily lives and "challenges" to be rather boring.
I kept expecting more of a twist when it came to the relationship between the characters and sadly, the twist was sorely lacking and only really showed itself in the last hour of the book. And again, I found the two women's lives rather boring.
No I haven't.
The ending leaves a bit to be desired but I don't think I would read the follow-up.
I would say that Harriet Lane is quite a good writer but this particular story falls short and loses the listener's attention.
"A story of obsession"
It was definitely not a waste of time, the story kept me entertained while doing chores.
I must say I didn't like the ending, I thought it was a too easy a way to end a story like this.
Hard to say, not having read the print version. But she does a very good job.
The story feels like it was written for women who enjoy thrillers but don't like gore or violence.
"Disappointed with the ending"
Need it to 'finish' !
Good overall, I. Liked hearing the story from both sides. Good if you like 'the girl on the train'
What an extraordinary book. It's shows two sides of coin. Someone hates but only destroys themselves bringing down misery on others because they can not see joy in their own world. Yet the person they hate doesn't have clue and is busy living their lives. Amazingly well written and narrated
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