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Her [Kindle Edition]

Harriet Lane
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Book Description

You don't remember her . . . but she remembers you. 'The ultimate frenemy thriller' NOW and smash critical hit from the publishers that bought you GONE GIRL.

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?

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Another taut, tense psychological thriller from the author of the acclaimed 2012 debut novel Alys, Always... A compelling revenge drama that will make you think twice about getting too chummy with the neighbours. (Sebastian Shakespeare TATLER)

Harriet Lane's first novel Alys, Always was widely praised for combining sharply observed everyday life with something a lot more sinister. Her second now pulls off the same trick with equal aplomb... The result is a novel that becomes increasingly - and at times excruciatingly - tense as it approaches its devastating final chapter (READERS DIGEST)

With a forensic eye for domestic detail, Lane sets up a riveting series of vicious snares (SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE)

Her is another psychological thriller, every bit as compulsive as the first one... The menace here is the sort that lurks right at the edge of consciousness - something unsettling that you can't quite put your finger on, that builds and builds until the last chapter by which time I was holding my breath. Don't miss. (Alice O'Keeffe THE BOOKSELLER 'Book of the Month')

The exquisitely sinister psychological thriller that is going to take us all by storm this summer, Harriet Lane's Her, has a Notes on a Scandal-type relationship between an exhausted young mother and her rich sophisticated neighbour. (Amanda Craig THE DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Harriet Lane's Alys Always was one of the most memorable fictional debuts of recent years, a seemingly simple story that discovered subtle ways to unsettle, and which found elegant, disturbing insights into familiar English obsessions with class and status. Lane's new book, Her, due in June, promises to be this year's unmissable summer novel. Among Lane's antecedents is the pin-sharp prose of Patricia Highsmith (Tim Adams THE OBSERVER)

A fabulously creepy thriller from the author of Alys, Always. Nina recognises Emma on the street from 20 years ago, but doesn't reveal this, and Emma treats Nina as a new friend. But what happens when it comes out that Nina remembers? (Viv Groskop RED magazine)

Her is a superbly taut, intensely gripping domestic drama... The tension is held beautifully throughout in this excellent second novel from a writer clearly at the top of her game (DIVA)

This spare, tense psychological thriller opens when a wealthy woman finds a struggling young mother's purse in the street of the London suburb they live in. Returning the purse marks the start of an unlikely friendship (HARPER'S BAZAAR)

Driving the plot are the reciprocal forces of revenge and provocation: we want to know what Nina will do next and what Emma has done to deserve it. Lane inspires a terrible dread as Nina's threat looms larger, combined with a slender hope that Emma might realize the danger in time. Lane also intrigues her readers with the puzzle of Emma's past... a fine mistress of suspense. (Emily Rhodes TLS)

Struggling young mum Emma is grateful when her glamorous neighbour Nina befriends her. What Emma doesn't realise is that Nina recognises her from the past and has a score to settle. In HER, Harriet Lane keeps the reader on the edge until the last page. (GOOD HOUSEKEEPING)

Struggling mother of two Emma doesn't recognise Nina, but Nina recognises her. She infiltrates her way into Emma's life gaining her trust. But what is it that she wants? The story is told by both women, with an underlying tension that builds and builds until the last horrifying scene. I loved this slow-burning tale of revenge. (Fanny Blake WOMAN & HOME)

Emma struggles with life's demands when Nina breezes into her world and makes it better - but what does she really want? This tense page-turner will make you look at kindly strangers with suspicion! (PRIMA)

A sharply observed relationship with a sinister plot line of hand-in-the-mouth proportions... psychologically nuanced novel... Lane excels at everyday detail. Emma's total absorption by motherhood is rendered with beautifully stinging observations (METRO)

Harriet Lane's debut, the subtly unsettling Alys Always, was a chilling psychological drama of power privilege and manipulation. In this, her equally compulsive follow-up, similar sinister shenanigans are spun out in Lane's elegant, poetic prose... Unlike conventional thrillers, the perverse pleasure of this compelling novel is not a big reveal but the pin-sharp unpicking of personality (Eithne Farry SUNDAY EXPRESS)

Harriet Lane is a deft conjurer of menacing middle class scenarios, and her second novel, a taut revenge drama with a shattering endgame (i NEWSPAPER)

tautly written psychological thriller... there is forensic social observation here. Her London is recognisably real. Both Emma and Nina feel like women you might pass on a leafy Islington street. She has a sharp eye for telling detail... Then the endgame, when it comes, is shattering. (THE INDEPENDENT)

Nina's a control freak, Emma's a mess. What happens when their paths cross - and is it really the first time? Psychological page-turning follow-up to Alys, Always, Ms Lane's best-selling debut (GRAZIA)

Like a fly caught in a spider's web, struggling naive mother Emma is drawn further into sophisticated Nina's life. The ultimate frenemy thriller. (NOW)

When frazzled mum Emma encounters sophisticated Nina, she thinks their meeting is down to chance. But, as this cool, controlled thriller reveals, the truth is far more sinister. With wonderfully fleshed out characters, this is a chilling study in revenge. (SUNDAY MIRROR)

Harriet Lane has created a taut, unnerving thriller in Her that will keep you in its hold until the devastating conclusion... Her is a beautifully put together novel which fans of Deborah Levy's Swimming Home or Helen Walsh's The Lemon Grove will enjoy. (WE LOVE THIS BOOK)

Harriet Lane made a memorable debut in 2012 with novel Alys, Always and her second book is another superb psychological thriller... that slowly unfurls, layer by tantalising layer, in this riveting revenge drama (HELLO!)

As seductive as it is chilling, Her is quality literary fiction meets psychological thriller, the devil of which is in the detail (Lucy Scholes THE OBSERVER)

Emma and Nina inhabit very different words. Unknown to Emma, they have met before... Wangling her way into Emma's home is the easy part - but how can Nina ensure she finally gets her revenge for what happened in the past? (BELLA)

Book Description

'Thriller of the Year' Amanda Craig

You don't remember her... But she remembers you. The stunning new novel from Harriet Lane, author of 2012 break-out hit ALYS, ALWAYS.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 713 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (12 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HRXQ15Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars beautiful writing that doesn't ring true 13 Jun. 2014
By Edie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
SPOILER ALERT. This review mentions key plot points from late on in the novel.

Harriet Lane can write. Most of her sentences are a pleasure to read, and for that, I highly recommend this novel to readers who enjoy work for the perfection of the prose alone. She's wonderful on visual detail and puts this to excellent use in the creation of Nina, a painter, whose notations on light and sky really are worth the page space they take up. She's very strong too on that bleak dismantling of personality that happens for so many women when they abandon the life they know to surrender to the gruelling physicality and lack of headspace that descends during the pre-school years of child rearing. She absolutely nails the dark and bitter humour that emerges from Emma in these moments. Her comments on her in-laws are laugh aloud. I ached for more of Dirk and his Sunday supplement gadgets. Haven't read Alys, Always yet but will in the hope that Lane's brilliant humour is present there too. There wasn't much of it in this book and it deserves a wider hearing.

But the plot? Lane is a bit cheeky here. She has a character read thrillers and uses this to riff on the nature of suspense plots where too much happens and the end is far from believable . (So why, I wondered, is the final scene of the novel so utterly, crassly high drama with the ultra cheap trick of putting an innocent babe's life in jeopardy at the hands of a Wicked Woman. Was this an authorial flounce, because agent or publisher demanded higher stakes?
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Smoke and broken mirrors. 23 Sept. 2014
By Lucie D
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What a shame. I enjoyed the first book - sort of Brookner lite (what's wrong with that?) However 'Her' is (for me) fatally flawed.

The writing is good and sense of place beautifully rendered but in a way this made my disappointment even greater.

Its central premise simply doesn't work. As a result, the inner workings of artist narrator Nina (why are there so many artists in fiction? The Woman Upstairs/ What I Loved are both superior books but also indulge in quite a bit of ekphrasis) and downtrodden mum Emma simply don't ring true. The riffs on new motherhood and envy are good but not unusual. The ivory tower life of Nina reveals none of the cracks that would/should gradually hint at the real 'her'. Both women remain infuriatingly hidden. One can be charitable and argue that this is ok in a first-person narrative where people suppress truths and see what they want to see but try as I might (and I did try having invested time in this book), I felt tricked. As a reader, I had to do too much work to make sense of the baffling denouement. Of course people do all sorts of things, for all sorts of reasons but writers of novels have a certain duty to create a credible world even if that world is made of butter and everyone in it speaks backwards.

In fact for me, the ending is shocking mostly because it has been so poorly set up in the preceding pages. No clues are given about Nina's singular psychological make-up. It's a cheap move and I think beneath a writer as good as Lane.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars brilliant and a complete page turner 31 Aug. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was bowled over by Alys Always, Harriet Lane's first novel. It was absolutely gripping, brilliant and a complete page turner. Think of the film All About Eve, but set in contemporary London. So I quickly downloaded Her and was disappointed. Yes, the writing was equally brilliant and yes the two main characters were skilfully drawn. But I just didn't buy the central premise of the novel (Can't say what it is, because that would be a spoiler). I found it unrealistic and improbable. Also, the narrative swinging between the two women, both written in first person, was too predictable in its rhythm. Overall, disappointing
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unconvincing and drowning in domestic minutiae 5 July 2014
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Like some of the other reviewers here, I loved Alys, Always but found this a disappointing second book. All the acidic sharpness, the subtle uncovering of Frances' ruthless manipulation and determination has instead been turned into what has become a standard genre: the domestic gothic where Nina's obsession with a past `secret' spills over into Emma's present.

I liked the set-up of this book but felt drowned in domestic minutiae. The story is told through the two voices of Nina and Emma but they both sound exactly the same with no nuances of voice to distinguish them, and as they often tell the same events the story feels repetitive: this can work when one person's narrative reveals new things about the first person's, or something about the narrator but neither of those happened here.

It's a fictional trope that people hold onto tiny events from the past and, eventually, wreak their revenge on the unknowing perpetrator - but I'm afraid I just wasn't convinced by it here. The past event is so insignificant in the world of the book, the `revenge' so out of proportion to what has gone before.

So this is very similar to books by people like Erin Kelly, Julia Crouch, Louise Millar and others - I really wanted to love this but though there are moments of domestic menace I'm afraid this didn't live up to the promise of Lane's first book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I was intrigue but the ending was just terrible..
It was a page turner, I was intrigue but the ending was just terrible.....I think my most disappointing book to date.
Published 1 day ago by Miss S Gurlek
5.0 out of 5 stars ... read this authors previous book Alys Always and really enjoyed it....
I read this authors previous book Alys Always and really enjoyed it. I was absolutely delighted to read this one. The plot is deliciously delicate. Read more
Published 3 days ago by M. Please
3.0 out of 5 stars Great involving story, initially!
I really enjoyed this story until the last 10% or so. Once the reason for the long held grudge became apparent, it seemed to lose credibility. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Maggie
3.0 out of 5 stars Grrrrrrrr
I was so enjoying this book and the dynamic between the two characters, one a ditsy exhausted mother of a small child and the other a woman who had it together,... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay story.
An easy read, not quite as interesting as I had hoped but an okay story.
Published 12 days ago by Wendy Redmond
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, excellent psychological thriller!
An excellent, excellent psychological thriller, very atmospheric and well written, chock full of the tiny details that make up the lives of women of a certain age living in the... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Lisbeth Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed reading it and it nearly ticked all the boxes
This is a very well-written and cleverly plotted book. I really enjoyed reading it and it nearly ticked all the boxes. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Clara Monroe
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I could not put this book down, it was one of the best books I have ever read.
Published 20 days ago by Maz
3.0 out of 5 stars Anti-climax
'Her' introduces us to Emma and Nina. Emma is a mother of two young children struggling with what her life has become and Nina is an artist and completely held together and... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Justhavingfun
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
An interesting read up to the unbelievable as in "what on earth" ending.
Published 23 days ago by marma
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