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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Big Little Lies meets 13 Reasons Why in this dark and suspenseful debut from a stunning new talent.

It all started with ... HIM.

Catherine has become mute. She has witnessed something so disturbing that she simply can't speak - not to her husband, her children, or her friends. The doctors say the only way forward is to look into her past. Catherine needs to start with Him. L
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 23rd 2018 by Orion
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Charlotte Annelise
DNF for now, I might come back to it another day.
Tracy Fenton
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Him is a story of obsession, love and guilt.  It's dark and uncomfortable and a great debut from Clare Empson.  Told through the two main characters, Catherine who is currently residing in a hospital in a state of elective mutism and Lucian, Catherine's first and only true love.

Something horrific has happened to Catherine to cause her to shut down entirely, unable to communicate with her husband and 2 children and in order to help her she has to delve deep in to her past to find a way back to he
Joanne Freitas
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uma palavra para descrever este livro: uau. Capítulos curtos que alteram entre passado e o presente. Nunca sabemos o que irá acontecer a seguir. Fala de vários temas como o amor, agressão (física e psicológica) e segredos.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Firstly this book took me 5 days to read ( inc weekend where I dont read as much mind you ) and thats the longest a book has taken me to read for months...however I did want to finish it and at no time, even when it frustrated me, did I contemplate not finishing it...this book had ‘something’.......
Its NOT a full on mystery/thriller as is billed but more of a modern day Romeo and Juliet set in opulence and ‘old money’,there are elements of mystery and thriller in it but basically
Julie Lacey
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will take you through a roller coaster of emotions and all the while, you’ll be desparate to know what happened to Catherine.
The story is told during different time periods - four months before ‘it’ happened, from two points of view, fifteens years ago and now.
We learn that Catherine is in hospital as she is unable to speak since ‘it’ happened. Her family and best friend visit her but nothing seems to help.
We’re given an insight into Catherine’s thoughts and you really do feel for h
Roman Clodia
I don't think the publishers are doing themselves any favours by packaging this as a kind of thriller - it's not: really it's a 'love gone wrong' story, that uses thriller-ish elements, not always particularly well. For example, we start with Catharine in hospital having decided not to speak (selective mutism) though the narrative is told by her so she's 'speaking' to us. Then we inevitably start flipping around in time: 15 years ago when she was at university, 4 months before; then we have anot ...more
Mandy White
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley
Not for me I am afraid - very confusing
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This didn’t quite turn out the way I thought it would. I was expecting a psychological thriller and while it does have some of the elements of that genre and a bit of a mystery to solve, at its core Him is a love story gone badly, oh so badly, wrong.

Catherine doesn’t talk. She suffers from elective mutism after witnessing a traumatic event. It all has to do with “him” but the why takes a while for the reader to discover.

Fifteen years ago, Catherine met the dashing Lucian at university. Theirs wa
Maria João (A Biblioteca da João)
8,5 de 10*

Aqui está um excelente livro para ler nas férias. Porque é que digo isto? Porque agarra e apetece ler de uma assentada só e torna-se doloroso para quem, como eu, está a trabalhar e tem que interromper a leitura...
É um thriller descomplicado, que vive em torno de um grupo de amigos e passado em três tempos distintos. Há quinze anos iremos conhecer Lucian e Catherine, dois jovens a chegar aos 20 anos, e imensamente apaixonados.

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Catherine nie mówi. Cierpi na mutyzm, ma za sobą traumatyczne wydarzenie, które ściśle wiąże się z jej wielką, nieszczęśliwą miłością do Luciana. COŚ zdarzyło się w przeszłości i to coś pociągnęło za sobą kolejne wydarzenia (tym razem w teraźniejszości), które wywołały u Catherine tak ogromny szok, że przestała komunikować się ze swoimi najbliższymi.

Chylę czoła przed Clare Empson (to jej debiut!), gdyż napisała bardzo dojrzałą, doskonałą pod względem literackim, przejmująco smutną powieść, którą
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este livro foi uma verdadeira surpresa boa para mim! Gostei mesmo!
Vera Neves (Sinfonia dos Livros)
Mais uma estreia a nível de autores. Nunca tinha lido nada de Clare Empson e tenho de dizer que fiquei agradavelmente surpresa.
Quem pensar que este é um livro de um policial ou thriller, engana-se. Eu, quando li a sinopse, tenho de admitir que pensava que se tratava de um assassinato ou algo do género, no entanto, este livro traz-nos a história de (des)amor de Catherine e Lucian. Duas pessoas que se encontram numa certa altura da vida e que, por motivos alheios às suas vontades, são separados p
Christina McDonald
This is a thoughtful character-drawn book, a tragic tale of love, obsession and guilt. My only problem with it was it's one of those books that's packaged as a psychological thriller and it just isn't. But once you push that expectation aside, the writing is good, fluid and intelligent, with a protagonist I mostly liked.

Something so horrible has happened that Catherine has stopped talking. The story then goes back to the past. Catherine and Lucien fall in love. Something happens that makes her a
Amber Myott
2.5 stars ..... I ended up being quite disappointed with this book. I’m not sure what it was trying to be ....a love story ,thriller or an observation on the troubles of the young and rich . Felt little empathy for the main character . Repetitive and I’m not sure why the author chose 4 months & 15 years as the flash back time frames.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Justas seriam 3,5*.
Quando comecei a ler, pensei tratar-se de um thriller, mas não é. Ainda bem que fui ao engano, porque sendo um drama não me iria sentir tentada a pegar-lhe e acabou por se tornar uma leitura agradável.
A forma como está escrito, contada entre o passado e o presente, manteve sempre o meu interesse.
Gostei e recomendo.
Liz Barnsley
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Theakstons proof 5 was this one and I loved it for its considered engaging characters, the beautifully done past/present vibe and it's strong emotional core.

A love story with a dark dark heart.

Stef L
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intense & profoundly moving.

This is an astonishing debut. Character driven, intense and profoundly moving.

Catherine is suffering from Elective Mutism - unable to speak, she tells us her story through her memories. Memories of a time fifteen years before when she first meets Lucian and they enter into a relationship that is all-consuming. With breathtaking prose and more than a hint of nostalgia Catherine’s recollections show us exactly what Lucian means to her and the impact this has on th
Rachel Bridgeman
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
'Him' takes place over 15 years in the lives of a group of people bound by class, social standards and expectations-they all move in a stratosphere which I found hard to keep up with. However, their privilege, entitlement and self regard did not protect them from loss and harm done.

15 years ago,Lucian blew into the life of Catherine, beginning a torrid and frantic love affair based on mutual sexual attraction and desire. Something happened which made Catherine run away rather than explain it to
Joanne Robertson
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I first saw the blurb for Him, I was reminded of The Silent Patient but let me tell you now that the silence of its main protagonists is the only thing those two books have in common! Both are brilliant books but in very different ways.

Him is an all consuming and heartbreaking story with a mystery at its heart. Why is the beautiful Catherine mute? What could have happened to cause such an extreme reaction and will her doctors ever be able to cure her? We watch her husband and two children c
Ana Matias
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Talvez tenha pegado neste livro com demasiadas expectativas, talvez tenha achado que seria um bom thriller, a verdade é que no fim não consegui perceber se tinha acabado de ler um thriller, um romance ou um drama..pareceu-me uma mistura dos três géneros que na minha opinião acabou por não resultar bem. A premissa pareceu-me boa mas acabou por não se concretizar, a certo ponto torna-se numa narrativa lenta e repetitiva acabando por dar a impressão de andar em círculos e pouco ou nada avançar.
Chantelle Hazelden
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt my favourite read of the year so far.

Head to the blog to check out my full review now
This book was incredible, I read it months ago now and have put off reviewing it because it’s impossible to put into words what I thought of it. In the present day Catherine has elective mutism, something traumatic has happened to her and now she can’t speak. It’s heart-breaking knowing the pain she’s in, and the struggle she’s having while knowing she can’t articulate what she’s thinking. In the past, fifteen years previously we slowly get to see Catherine and Lucien’s story. Lucien is from a d ...more
Aimee Walker Editorial
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The previous reviews had me doubting that I would enjoy this book. I do agree that it shouldn't be marketed as a thriller, it is more of a romantic suspense – ultimately, a love story. The other reviews saying it is confusing are, in my opinion, harsh. It does go back and forward in time but that is the nature of a plot! If the story was told in a linear way it wouldn't be a page-turner, which it most definitely is.
I thought the characterisation was great, there was an element of social comment
Karen Cole
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To the casual onlooker, Catherine would seem to have it all - an adoring husband, two beautiful children and an idyllic country cottage in Somerset. However, something has caused her to become an elective mute, something so traumatic that she has become dissociated from everything around her as she retreats into the memories of her past with Lucian.
The book alternates between the present, four months ago and fifteen months earlier, with the chapters detailing what happened in the recent past als
Dee-Cee  It's all about the books
I was a little bit confused at the start of this book if I'm honest, told over multiple timelines it took me a little while to get the hang of this book. We're told the story by two characters, Catherine and Lucian and it's told in the present, 4 months ago and 15 years ago and it took a little bit of getting used to but once I got into it, I was totally hooked.Catherine has suffered a great trauma, what that trauma is, we don't find out until the end but it has caused selective mutism. Part of ...more
alex saunders
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This proof arrived care of Orion - to whom very many thanks - yesterday morning, and had me filling and re-filling my bubble-bath with hot water as I raced through it, candles lit, glass of wine on the side: a real Saturday afternoon indulgence. I'm not going to bore you with a plot summary, as there's one of those up above, but I loved the way it juxtaposed memories of university with the more recent past and the present day: a master-class in how to build and maintain suspense which reminded m ...more
Fiona Mitchell
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With a romance at its heart, this mesmeric book is a window into the world of the uber-wealthy. Centring around a circle of mostly rich friends, it has echoes of Donna Tartt’s Secret History - think stately homes, butlers and a cast of flawed characters. In the present day, Catherine is a traumatised mute, and the book flashes between scenes in the past to help us make sense of what has happened to her. It is a tense and taut experience, and all the narrative threads are tidily and most satisfyi ...more
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