Friday 30 January 2015

Her by Harriet Lane


The story opens up where we meet Emma who is a mother to young children, struggling to retain a shred of self-worth amid the dog-tired drudgery of domesticity. Sleek, chic, groomed and self-composed, Nina seems to embody everything that Emma craves. Married to a successful architect, she has a semi-independent 17-year-old daughter and a growing reputation as an artist.They live in the same north London neighbourhood, but Nina's circumstances are undeniably grander. When the hard-up Emma, who found a career in television incompatible with motherhood.  Nina reaches out to Emma. Flattered, Emma takes the supportive friendship at face value, taking umbrage at her husband Ben's flummoxed speculation at what the poised Nina might see in her.

As the story unfolds we see the seemingly innocent friendship slowly develops into a dangerous game of cat and mouse as Nina eases her way into Emma's life. Soon, it becomes clear that Nina wants something from the unwitting Emma - something that might just destroy her.

This book started off good but unfortunately I didn't like the ending. I also didn't like the way parts of the story were told from both the main characters, Emma & Nina, I found it very repetitive. I was gripped at the start, parts of the story were creepy & it reminded me of The hand That Rocks The Cradle but it definitely had potential to be a much better story.

Her is available on Kindle and from all good bookstores.

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