Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “In Her Words” as Want to Read:
In Her Words
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

In Her Words

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  78 reviews
While she seems to have it all, Sophie Knight is looking for more. When gorgeous and carefree Michael Frisk walks into her life, he offers the excitement and passion she desires.
Sophie is willing to risk everything she has. After all, she is used to concealing things from her husband—like her alcoholism, her unhappiness. But soon she has more to hide. She wakes up one morn
Paperback, 1, 395 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Black Cat Ink Press
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about In Her Words, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
J.S. Ellis
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.74  · 
Rating details
 ·  122 ratings  ·  78 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of In Her Words
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 41%
The writing style was so repetitive, the plot wasn't really strong and it dragged...
Julie (JuJu)
Sophie goes to a club with a girlfriend, but wakes the next morning with only vague memories. She becomes obsessed with a young man she met that night and finding out what happened. Michael tells her a simple story that explains her ripped dress and bruises, but she can’t shake the feeling that there is more.

She’s unhappy with her job and her life. She knows she drinks too much. It wasn’t always this way.

”When we’re sad, we drink to forget. When we’re happy, we drink to celebrate. When nothing h
On the surface, Sophie Knight seems to be living the life most women would envy. She’s an accountant with a respectable firm, married to a man with a successful and lucrative career and living in a fashionable section in Notting Hill. But beneath that veneer is a woman who’s unhappy and uses alcohol to dull her pain and restlessness. One night out with her best friend turns her life upside down while also begins a complicated relationship with Michael Frisk, a much younger man and musician.

The f

4.25 Stars

On the surface, Sophie Wright appears to have it all - a successful career, a loving husband and financial security. However, she also is trying to mask her pain with alcohol. Hiding her secret is a daily task, but it’s one she’s been able to manage until waking up one morning with no recollection as to how her body is bruised and her dress is ripped. Without sufficient facts or evidence, she is powerless especially knowing she will be labeled as a drunk.

“I knew what they were th
Linda Strong
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Sophie's life is on the brink of collapse. Her husband has a history of a heart attack, and as long as he takes his medication, he'll do okay. But Sophie feels like she's more of a care taker than a wife. Her husband doesn't treat her the same way he used to.

She's a woman of addictions ... she's a chain smoker and an alcoholic. although she hides the booze and cigarettes as much as possible. She's an accountant, with many clients, but her job is going to the dogs. She is extremely unhappy.

Now sh
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
In Her Words was one twisted read. From start to finish, the story took me on a twisted journey where I encountered several twists and turns. By the end, it had me scratching my head wondering what did I just read.

This story showed the dangers of addiction. Addiction comes in many forms and will cause your life to spiral out of control, as Sophia Knight will discover. It destroyed her life, both personal and professional and caused her to question her sanity. She allowed alcohol to be her crutch
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This journal narrative meant that readers are only presented with Sophie’s perspective. This is interesting on its own, but throw in the fact that she is a secret alcoholic, then things get very warped, very quickly.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this story as the blurb is rather ambiguous. However, the story development takes on a surprising twist that in the end, I did not find pacey nor gripping enough. Introduced to Sophie’s seemingly perfect lifestyle, it is a surprise how much alcohol s
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Life seems perfect for Sophie Knight. She has a great job, an older loving husband and money. But Sophie isn't happy. She drinks too much, smokes too much and one night out changes everything. She meets Michael,a charming guy that draws her in. But when she wakes the next morning with bruises, she doesn't know what happened. Told from her perspective in diary form as she tries to figure out what happened. Was she drugged? Did she fall? Every one that was there seems like they are hiding things f ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really dark thriller that hooked me from the beginning! Because it's told from Sophie's diary entries, we only get her perspective which is unusual as many novels give multiple perspectives and I initially wanted to "hear" from other characters. I am always a sucker for flawed characters but there was something so hard to reconcile at the beginning as Sophie is self-destructive, selfish, and basically unlikeable as she searches for love and attention outside her marriage and drowns he ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this story we get it from Sophie's perspective, In Her Words! I thought that this was a very riveting psychological thriller that will keep you turning the pages faster and faster. I think J.S. Ellis does a good job with this one even though the story sort of took a lull for me at some places. It did pick back up though and I was glad I stuck with it.

Sophie's husband has had a heart attack and is ok as long as he takes his medicine. Now Sophie feels like she is more of a caretaker than a wif
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although she seems to have it all,a beautiful home,loving,devoted (but seemingly a bit controlling) husband and no money worries,Sophie Knight is very unhappy and is looking for more. She is also a (barely) functioning alcoholic. Maybe if she had been able to stop drinking for five minutes and remembered that the old saying The grass is always greener on the other side is just a myth and you really should be careful what you wish for. Then maybe she wouldn't have ended up with her perfect life b ...more
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed J.S. Ellis' "In Her Words".

This review contains NO SPOILERS.

This is a slow burning thriller with some juicy twists at the end.
The plot kicked in immediately and the last 100 pages were very exciting!

Characters: I did not like ANY of the characters in this novel :D I don't think you're meant to like any of them! Well, thinking back on the characters, their choices and their interactions throughout the book, I believe it would be hard for readers to like the characters. Oh reader
Brittany Brown
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t want to say anything to take away from the book so I won’t talk about it much. I did love the layout of how it was written and it kept me wanting to read more!
Naomi Downing
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book had me hooked, I really didn't want to put it down but had to because of life. With it being told in a diary format you really got into the characters head. Lost of twists that will have your head spinning. I hope to see more in the future from this author.
Dorothy Morris
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I started reading In Her Words I didn't know what to expect from this book. But once I got into the book, I loved the thrilling mystery, secrets one woman keeps from the man who loves her. Why seek it from somewhere else and then the phone call and waking up to bruises and not know how they got there. I loved the book.
Kitabi Keeda
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book: In Her Words
Author: J.S. Ellis
Rating: 3.5

Disclaimer: This is a no-spoilers review of the book - In Her Words. Thank you Ms. Ellis and Booksprout for the Advance Review Copy.


Sophie Knight - She had it all (or so everyone thought)- a loving, handsome husband, a fabulous apartment, a successful career. In most ways, her life was set.

Her life takes an unexpected turn when she wakes up one day, with no recollection of what happened, badly bruised, and in a bad shape. To what length will
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Her Words is a uniquely written story. The entire format is from a diary perspective. This was a really cool idea and definitely got you into the head of the character.

It was interesting to see how she viewed herself and how she said others viewed her. It really makes you think about how quick we are to judge others. And even when we think we have all the information, there is still things we don’t know about situations.

The story was pretty intense and took a couple of turns I was not expecti
J.S. Ellis
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book so I'm a bit biased xD
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

"In Her Words" is J. S. Ellis' excellent debut, and one of the best suspense novels I've ever read. The plot was well planned, with each small detail put into play for a clear reason. The characters were all well constructed and I loved their backstories. I found Michael the most fascinating character - he was super mysterious, and that made him hot. I admire J. S. Ellis for her ability
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title of the book: In her Words

Author of the book: J. S. Ellis


Sophie Knight was in a monotonous marriage. She kept her alcohol and smoking vices hidden from her husband Richard. But was that all she was hiding? It changed one fateful night. She cannot recall the events of the previous night. What she sees is only bruises all over her body and her dress torn up. Nothing comes to her even bleakly. And amid this chaos, she meets Michael Frisk. A musician by profession he pulls the right stri
Jennifer Pierson
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OH MY HELL WHAT DID I JUST EXPERIENCE?! In Her Words took my breath away, while trying to simultaneously get my heart to explode out of my chest, and not in that whole sexy kind of way either. Nope, from what is going to happen next kind of way, which is just as good in my opinion. J.S Ellis penned a story with an extreme amount of twists that my f-bomb dropping was quite loud that by the time the story was ended, my voice was just about gone as well. I bet you're wondering if I'm going to give ...more
Kristi Elizabeth
Read all my reviews at

There's just something about a book written in a diary format that I love. In this book about a lonely woman named Sophie, the reader discovers just how intimate a diary can be and how its words could possibly help others to know and understand the truth when things get messy or something goes wrong. Sophie is married to Richard, a wealthy, busy man who is many years her senior. Richard goes out of town on business quite often and So
Joyce Stewart Reviews
In Her Words
by J.S Ellis
295 pages
1 ⭐
Description :
One night. One woman. One Man. One Mystery. When Sophie Knight wakes up and sees bruises on her body, she has no recollection of what happened to her, but she knows she has more to hide. Her alcoholism, something she tries to conceal from her husband, and resulting haze, has once again muddied the details of a night out.Even though Sophie seems to have it all—she’s beautiful, lives in a swanky apartment, has a thriving career and a devoted husba
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is told from Sophie's point of view, in a journal format which I found kept the story very interesting.
Sophie's life if spiraling out of control. She chain-smokes, she drinks a lot, she starts an affair with a much younger man. The reasons why she acts this way are at first unknown to the reader. Sophie also goes through an event that leaves her somewhat traumatized for reasons that are unclear even to herself. Because of the drinking, she doesn't know if she can trust herself to fig
Kathy Rouchelle
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing, captivating mysterious and emotional; a book not to be missed! An absolute attention grabber with a format that allows you to get inside of Sophie's mind, her turmoil, her inability to make rational decisions, her pain, her loss. But it also allows you to look into her world as she tries to solve the mystery of what has happened to her. Told to you as you are reading her diary, Sophie's story will attach itself to you and will not release you until you have reached the end.

This is a
Kelli Martin
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a ARC copy of this in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. An alcoholic waking up with no recollection of what happened?! Sounds like an episode of Law & Order SVU to me (one of my fave shows). I was very intrigued with this book. The diary format made it more interesting in my opinion. I felt more 'connected' with the character. I am a huge thriller fan so this was right up my alley. I felt like I was on edge, needing to know more the entire time. An alcoholic waking up with no r ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first book by this author and it didn't disappoint.
Sophie has it all but has a lot of secrets. This story is told from her POV but through her diary entries. There were times I hoped she wouldn't do something she was planning but she did.
This story did drag at times for me and Sophie wasn't necessarily a likeable character at times.
As we watch her life fall apart we feel for her and when the many twist occur after that you'll be guessing who is really responsible for everything.
It's best to j
MJ Tucker
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is about a middle aged woman, named Sophie, who is married to an older, well off, man. She has it all. Following misfortunes in her life has turned to drink. She is an alcoholic, chain smoker, has a great career and very bored with her life. She attends an evening out with her friend where she becomes very inebriated and received attention for some younger guys. When she wakes in the morning she has no memory of what has happened to herself, she has a torn dress and bruises which she c ...more
Jill Burgin
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
On the outside Sophie has everything - a beautiful home, loving husband and successful life. On the inside she is struggling with alcoholism, blackouts self doubt and it’s aftermath. One morning her world shifts when she wakes up covered in bruises with no memory of what happened. Told through her diary entries Sophie searches for the truth - or does she? My first read by this author - with a complimentary ARC - was a thrilling surprise. Great read with more character depth (good and bad) than m ...more
Jessica Bogue_Cucchi
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sophie seems to have the perfect life, but sometimes perfect is just an illusion. Sophie is the definition of a closet alcoholic and it finally catches up with her. After waking up from a night of drinking, unable to remember what happened, she realizes she needs answers. Poor decisions threaten to bring her perfect world crumbling down or drive her crazy. Written in diary form, it is a quick read.
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • I Said Yes
  • The Liar's Wife
  • One By One
  • The Wife Lie
  • Should Have Known Better
  • Your Only Friend
  • The Girl I Used To Be
  • MINE
  • The Anniversary
  • The Truth
  • Perfect Stranger
  • Dear Anna
  • His Wife's Sister
  • The Perfect Lie
  • The Lucky Ones
  • The Other Woman
  • Cut You Dead (Dr. Samantha Willerby #4)
  • Gamble
See similar books…
J.S Ellis is a thriller author. She has a degree in creative writing, English literature, and digital marketing. She lives in Malta with her fiancé and their fur baby Eloise. When she’s not writing or reading, she’s either cooking, eating cheese and chocolate, or listening to good music and enjoying a glass of wine or two.

You can Stalk J.S Ellis at

Related Articles

It’s time to turn your attention to something dark and twisty, to a story (or two or three) so engaging, the pages just fly by. In short, it’s...
35 likes · 4 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »
“When we’re happy, we drink to celebrate. When nothing happens, we drink to make something happen. I drink to escape from the pain of life and to forget what happened.” 2 likes
More quotes…