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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)

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'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: 711 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: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,234 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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55 of 59 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Biggest disappointment 12 July 2015
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Never before have I been so compelled to leave a book review for a book that I haven't enjoyed, although to be honest that is an understatement from this book.
For a book that is hailed as a thriller and likened with a book such as Gone Girl, it had such little suspense and a serious lack of plot twists or shocks. I was apprehensive about reading this book initially because I'm easily creeped out and I was worried it might have been too creepy given that it's based on a stalker, but there was nothing to fear - Nina is the most friendly stalker ever!
I waited and waited for something exciting to happen and clung on to the hope that a thrilling climax would have made my boredom throughout worth it, but when I got to page 98%, still bored, I realised that wasn't going to happen.
The author is highly skilled in describing places, situations and people but sadly a book also requires a decent plot and this story unfortunately did not have one. The idea was good, the execution was not.
I feel like this is probably really harsh but I'm quite annoyed that I've wasted my time on this book when there are another 50 books on my to be read list that would have been more worthy of my time.
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25 of 27 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Weak, Unsatisfying, Boring. 20 Sept. 2015
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Nina is the glamourous strenger who seems to appear just when struggling Mum Emma needs her. Nina is everything Emma once was - well put together, with a life outside the home. Emma is grateful to be taken under Nina's wing and appreciates the new friendship - but Nina has an ulterior motive. She is determined to punish Emma for something she did.

I very much disliked this book. Nina was ridiculous, like a pantomime villain. I refuse to believe that someone would devote so much time to obsessing over someone for the reason she was obsessing over Emma. Emma was ridulous too - as if anyone would delve so deeply into a friendship with a stranger to the extent she did without really knowing anything. Why didn't she remember Nina? Fair enough, you could forget a face, but names, places, personal items? I don't buy it. Was she not even a tad suspicious when Nina saved the day multiple times? Emma was an idiot.

The constant repeating of discussions and conversations from both characters POV was irritating, and the book felt double the length it was. There wasn't enough character development to differentiate between the two voices clearly, I got mixed up a few times and thought I was reading Nina when I was reading Emma. The women were both weak drips, and the reason why Nina wanted revenge was ludicrous. The ending was horrible and unsatisfying, it made the whole book a waste of reading time.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Memorable
The story starts intriguingly enough with Nina, spotting a woman Emma, whom she remembers from her past. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
So, so disappointing. The book was so beautifully written and you could see the characters and situations really clearly. Read more
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I reluctantly finished this.

I don't like saying this about books - but this was... boring. What could have been a real page turner thriller was drab and ridiculous. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars No thrills in this thriller
The characters were shallow caricatures. The sort that London based journalists often seem to think interest us. Read more
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This book is creepy and enthralling all in one. I couldn't put it down.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This book is well written- good characterization; however
This book is well written- good characterization; however, you read on waiting for something significant to happen- but it never does. The ending is a huge anti-climax. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Leisel-loves-to-read
2.0 out of 5 stars What an unpleasant book with a flimsy plot catalyst. ...
What an unpleasant book with a flimsy plot catalyst. I've effectively spent the week reading about creeping and increasing child cruelty as revenge. I wish I hadn't read it.
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