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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.
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.
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Would you listen to Her again? Why?
No I would not but it is not because of this book I just don't listen to books more than once
What was one of the most memorable moments of Her?
Finding out how little space there can be between good and evil ..
What does Julie Maisey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
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.
Any additional comments?
I like books that describe the surroundings in detail which this book does. Simply a good listen..
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