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Her Story isn’t exactly a game, it’s an interactive narrative. It’s a voyeuristic puzzle, a scramble of information, and there is no real end to it. There is no certainty. There is no perfect solution. Since the narrative flow is really up to the player, big reveals can come pretty soon but there’s always something else that may be one click away. Even when you’ve perused all 271 of Her Story’s video clips, there still seems to be so much more to know.

“This is all the stuff I’ve seen in cop shows and cop novels,” creator Sam Barlow has said of the game. “The detective sits there for 12 hours, and his partner comes in the next day and he’s still asleep in the chair. He’s just been staring at the screen all day. This is about the eureka moment. This is the detective game where you get to sit in the dark for a few hours smoking cigarettes and scanning a computer.”


Very quickly it becomes clear that the woman you’re watching, or at least one of the two women you’re watching, killed Hannah’s husband Simon Smith. That’s not the mystery. The mystery turns out more to be about motive, which is quite a tale.

Chronologically, at the very end of the videos the twin/double known as Eve ominously tells the detective that her sister won’t be coming back. This, along with a lot of other compelling clues, suggests that we may be looking at one woman who is either suffering from a split personality (or alter,) that can happen with Disassociate Identity Disorder, or that Hannah is “acting” out this Eve character. Both options could indicate an attempt to cope with trauma, but DID would indicate a delusional lack of knowledge when she’s disassociating,

Other theories are that Eve possibly killed Hannah in between interviews, or that Hannah has fled leaving the cops to deal with Eve, who was raised in secret without any legal trace of her “existence.”

None of the theories are completely satisfying, but I’m currently leaning toward the idea that the two women are actually just one woman. Hannah may have had a twin who died, and to cope with loneliness and isolation, she “invented” her sister. The preoccupation with Rapunzel, doubles, mirrors, fairy tales, and palindromes are all indicative of an obsessive and highly creative mind. The girls don’t end up being complete reflections of each other, though; Eve has license to behave in a much more liberated way than her repressed sister Hannah.

It’s a bit strange that Eve always refers to Hannah as her sister, but in the June 30 interview Hannah refers to Eve as a “friend,” not a sister. She also recounts a story that suggests they are the same person. Once on Hannah’s birthday, (she doesn’t mention that it’s also Eve’s birthday,) they ran away hoping to tag along with Bob Dylan’s tour bus. The cab driver gets suspicious because of their age, and drops them both off at the police station. Then, Hannah says “she” returned home, omitting the use of “we,” she’d used throughout the story. This change of pronouns is odd because Eve was supposedly living with Hannah at the time and had no living guardian. Since they were both in police custody, it would be impossible for Eve to set out by herself. Hannah explains her parents didn’t punish her because she blamed the whole thing on Eve, which is rather strange, too.

Both women speak of making tireless daily diary entries. Hannah says that it helped process her day and keep “everyone on the same page.” In another video, Eve reveals that they would both write in the diary so they could keep up with what they were each doing, a necessary log since they were switching places so often. Hannah was an avid reader at the time, living in her books and dollhouse. The origin story of Eve has such whispers of a fairytale that it’s hard to believe it’s real. A widowed midwife stole Eve and then moved her across the street, and then died from falling down the stairs? Eve met Hannah and then successfully lived in the attic without detection from anyone?

There also seem to be multiple unsuccessful attempts to rid Eve from the picture. Hannah relates that she once tried to kill Eve at the beach. She held her underwater after a fight, but says they immediately made up. She calls their relationship a love/hate one, and reveals that she was jealous of Eve because she was more popular with boys. When Hannah meets her husband Simon, her mirror world with Eve gets broken. Eve no longer has a large place in Hannah’s life because she wants Simon all to himself.

I’m not an expert on how DID, altered states, or personality splits actually occur in real life, so I have no idea how accurate this behavior would be in a true life situation. I’m not completely sold on DID, but I am pretty sold that they are just one person. Because I now have this pet theory, every video I watch or rematch seems to support it in a way. Confirmation bias stalks at my heels.

The biggest physical issues with the one person theory is the tattoo and the bruise. The tattoo could be a temporary tattoo that is put on to be “Eve.” Possibly the tattoo may be covered up with sleeves and makeup when Hannah doesn’t want it to be seen. At some point Hannah has a bruise on her left cheek, but Eve thinks the bruise is on the opposite cheek (which furthers the mirror theme, if nothing else.) This could still be either a psychotic Hannah who believes in the moment that she’s Eve, or a calculating Hannah trying to fool detectives. She may be truly dissociative, or a very imaginative woman has used some of her childhood fantasies to concoct a story to try to get away with murder. At the very least, she maybe be hoping to convince everyone that she deserves an insanity plea.

What do you think? All I know for sure is that I’m hungry for more interactive narratives like this.

  • I thought one woman at first, but after seeing more clips it seems like Hannah’s mother had twins, there was a problem with one of them and the midwife ended up taking that one, without telling anyone, and the midwife happens to live across the street from the mother.

    The girls encounter each other and realise they’re the spitting image of each other, so start taking advantage of that fact and become friends. Later, when the midwife dies, Eve somehow moves into the attic where Hannah lives without their parents knowing (admittedly things are becoming a bit stretched believability wise now but bear with me).

    They then start living one life together, each taking turns to be Hannah, in secret (remember everyone assumed the baby Eve didn’t make it). They take turns seducing boys, which goes well for a time until Hannah falls in love with Simon. Now Hannah wants to stop this life sharing thing, so Eve is out on her own for the first time, fending for herself. I think this is where she starts wearing the wig, and working in the club where she sings.

    Eve and Simon get married and move in together, and then at some point later Simon sees Eve singing in the club. I’m missing some clips at the moment, but I gather the two fell in love, and Eve got pregnant. Hannah becomes convinced he’s having an affair, and then later that he’s having an affair with Eve, at which point she dresses up as Eve (using her wig) to entrap him.

    Simon presents who he thinks is Eve with a present (the mirror), and Hannah flips out (she had received a similar ‘unique’ mirror as a present from him), and accidentally kills him.

    I’m still working through the clips, so I can’t say where Hannah might be at the end of the timeline, but it seems like the two of them tried to work together to cover the murder up and maintain an alibi during the interviews. At some point something happened to make at least Eve drop the charade (this is why there’s a change in pro noun from “friend” to “sister”).

    • That’s a summary of what they “tell” you in the videos, but everything they say maybe shouldn’t be taken at face value. It’s her “story,” (or, more accurately, stories,) which may or may not be true.

      • I’m not even 50% of the way through the clips yet, so maybe I’m taking things too literally right now and I’ll change my mind later (I imagine everyone who plays it changes their mind a few times) – that said, my first conclusion was that she had split personality disorder, and I moved from that to that she had a doppelganger, and then (after buying it on Steam so I could tear into it faster than the iOS version would allow) I watched much more of her/their story and events made a less out there sort of sense.

        My inclination is towards face value, and it does seem that there’s a point there where the charade is dropped completely by Eve, so I don’t yet have a good reason to think otherwise. Like I’ve said though, I’ve got a lot of clips to get through so I’m almost definitely going to change my mind again 🙂

        • Kevin James McAllister

          I started thinking twins, then DID, then twins again, but I think it’s DID. The biggest reason, for me, against the twins thing, is that if Eve was a teenager the first time she left the house, it doesn’t make sense that she’d be the one good with boys. She should have no social skills, but that’s never mentioned. One person with some severe mental issues.

          • Frieder

            Maybe she already left the house before, acting as Hannah, since they already shared Hannah’s life at that point.

  • Christopher Mills

    First off. Great game, just discovered it. I realise I’m late to the party here so hope you’re still checking back on your post.

    I’m thoroughly with you on the same person theory. Here’s a couple of extra thoughts to weave in there:

    Simon likes Blondes. Eve / Hannah has a Blonde wig, which she wore at the club and at the murder. The barmaid at The Rock, Helen, was a Blonde. The interviews do touch on the possibility of Simon having an affair. I think he did. With Helen. And it was upon finding that out that Eve / Hannah flipped and killed him.

    Also, check out the story behind Kate Bush’s song Babooshka. I think there might be some elements there worth transferring into the thought process!

  • Detective Conan

    DID theory : How can you explain about Glasgow alibi ?

    • UE

      Because she never went to Glasgow, she admits this in one of the videos stating it quite clearly.
      I can see how that would be obfuscated without the detective’s responses though.

      • Beatrice

        Eve went to Glasgow, Hannah didn’t.

        Eve passed all the lie detector questions, except for her identity. One of those questions would have been asking if she went to Glasgow, as she earlier said she did.

        Further evidence of being twins:

        Hannah was barren due to her earlier miscarriage. Eve was not. Hannah could not have been pregnant.

        The bruise. When asked about the bruise two days later (it’s missing, not faded, it’s completely gone) Eve actually rubs the right side of her face. The bruise was on the LEFT side of the face two days ago. So she’s actually rubbing the wrong side of her face. If she were the same person, she would have rubbed the left side, not the right side.

        I don’t believe the DID theory is even possible.

        As for the story on the last day. I believe that much of it is true, although the part about living in the attic may be an embellishment. Then again, it’s not impossible, and things like that have happened before.

        • MacDre

          Curious as to where do we fine the lie detector results

        • Beau

          All of your arguments against split personality could still be used in favor of it. Eve went to Glasgow, not Hannah, because that was the personality in control at the time. Same for miscarriage & pregnancy. The one who was in charge at the time is the one who got pregnant/had a miscarriage.
          The original post already talks about the bruise being on the mirror side of the face, which makes sense if they see each other as a mirror of one another. The bruise could also be makeup, and is not conclusive of anything.
          The “living in the attic” statements, I see as being where the other personality goes in the brain when they are not in control.
          I see this story as much about one personality trying to exert its dominance over the other as much as the murder itself. The song she sings pretty much solidifies this in my mind. But as the original article mentions, this could be confirmation bias as much as anything. Once you have an opinion about the truth, you’ll see that interpretation everywhere you look.

    • Marcio R

      I never go that alibi anyway. If it worked, why they kept the body inside the house
      and why change the watch and break it ? If they wanted a big alibi all Hannah had to do was tell the police she arrived at the moment of the crime and they would confirm the time of death, finding the body several days later would complete ruin the time line of the murder for the alibi to be effective.
      Also the whole accident with the taxi and going to the hospital seems like a nice arranged “accident” to fix a alibi.

      Nothing stops this from happening: “Hannah” kills Simon, she wents in shock and runs aways as Eve from the house going until Glascow and fixing a supposed alibi, going back home she hides the body, breaks the watch so he would die later than he really did and wait to discover the body in the right moment.

  • Marcio R

    I think the biggest problem with the twins theory is two:

    1) The one you mentioned about the show is hard to believe the police found two identical underage twins, one went missing and they never mentioned that to the mother.

    2) Is very unrealistic that Eve was hidden in the attic for so long, I mean she was there for 9 years! Not once any of the parents thought it was weird that Hannah was always going up and there from the attic every day and they never checked ? And they never noticed when they changed between each other even through one had a complete different personality from another ? And this master plan of deceit was made by a pair of two eight years olds ? I mean if we go with that theory we have to accept their parents and everyone arround them were complete idiots.

  • Beau

    For me, talk of living in “the attic” is where the other personality goes when the other is in control. I thought twins at first, but I’m pretty convinced it’s split personality.

  • Loved this game. My take was that the DID stuff was a deliberate red herring. It felt like someone playing with the idea (given the shaky ground DID occupies) and taunting the police with how clever she was. The level of detail, the fairy tale references and particularly holding court in an interview room by playing a song that echoes the events she is talking about all point to someone who knows what they are doing.

  • malifact

    I like that the game is open to interpretation. Apart from the reasons Marcio R mentioned below, my problem with the twins theory is that if Florence did steal Eve, she would be very stupid to continue to live across the road from the family. Also, why did Hannah decide to hide Eve in the attic instead of just taking her home to her parents and introducing her?

  • James Jeans

    Another issue with the split personality theory is Eve being in Glasgow when Hannah is killing Simon. Eve insists she’s telling the truth and encourages the detective to check with the taxi driver and the hospital. Eve asks the detective several times if he’s checked her story, and we’re never given any indication in her dialog that the story was checked and proven false.

    In terms of the tattoo, it ought to be easy enough for the police to check the thing and see if it’s real or fake, but that’s something else that never comes up in the dialog.