Her by Harriet Lane

Her by Harriet Lane


This is yet another suspenseful thriller with broken women. The tagline was epic: You don’t remember her . . . but she remembers you. From the publishers that brought you Gone Girl! It sounds scary. It sounds immense. Nina is a powerful and fabulous woman. Emma is the opposite. A mother first and a woman second. Everything in her life is a mess and a struggle. Emma is fascinated and envious of Nina’s lifestyle. Nina lets her in. If you’re excited by that, don’t be, it’s the other way around. Nina remembers Emma and what she did. It’s hard to believe and the ending is hard to swallow.

We are thrown in Emma and Nina’s lives which can be hard to follow as the narrators don’t introduce us to the people around them; we’re expected to know. It was particularly difficult with Nina’s family as it was so broken. Everyone is divorced and have children with someone else. The chapters flip between Nina and Emma, sometimes scenes are repeated so we get each woman’s commentary. This was a fascinating look into the pressures of a modern London woman; having to balance a career, being a mother and keeping up appearances with your friends. Everything must appear seamless and effortless. Unfortunately, it isn’t for Emma. She loses her wallet, turns out Nina took it. Emma’s son goes missing in a park. Nina is the one that lead him astray.

Throughout the book, you’re screaming why?! Why does Nina hate Emma so much? How? How can Emma not see what this woman is doing to her? How she is manipulating her and inserting herself into your life. That’s because the characters fell a little flat. Nina is nothing more than a seething ball of hate; plotting and scheming Emma’s demise. Emma is a helpless girl, too trusting and naïve to see what’s really happening. Why? Why, why why?! All of Nina’s sinister doings build to a climatic end. I was in disbelief at what Nina had done. Then Nina told us why. And I was like, wait what? That’s it? Nina has dwelled on her connection to Emma for too long and let it consume her. Her reaction is not just. Nina is a cartoon villain and Emma is the Princess, and this book is a Disney film trying to be the next Gone Girl.

Watch my video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3mEqBvWXF0

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