His & Hers is a true cat and mouse story. Or maybe cat among the pigeons is a better analogy. It is my favorite book so far this year for its completely original story and especially for its many twists and turns in the plot.
For two years, Anna Andrews has been filling in as a news anchor for Cat Jones. Cat has gotten pregnant again while out on maternity leave. Abruptly one day, Cat returns to work and bumps Anna down to a news correspondent. At that moment, on Anna’s birthday, Anna wished Cat dead.
DCI Jack Harper is the head of the Major Crime Team in the small village of Blackdown in Surrey. Nothing “major” ever occurs there until one morning Jack gets a message. “Jane Doe discovered in Blackdown Woods overnight.”
The dead woman is beautiful, vain, rich and barefoot. On her fingernails, the killer has left a message, “TWO FACED”. There is also something red stuffed in her mouth.
After seeing the woman, Jack thinks, “I’ve never worked on the murder of someone I know before. And I knew this woman well. I was with her last night.”
At about 20% in, this book takes a horrific turn. Neither her nor him are quite what they seem. The plot continues to corkscrew until the reader feels like Alice in Wonderland endlessly falling to an unexpected place. Just when you think you have read every possible thriller plot, His & Hers appears with its wholly original story. The less you know going in, the better. However, it is definitely my favorite book so far this year. 5 stars and highly recommended!
Thanks to Flatiron Books, MacMillan Audio and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.