He Said/She Said – Erin Kelly

29 May 2017
He Said/She Said Book Cover He Said/She Said
Erin Kelly
Minotaur Books
June 6, 2017

In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, it is not only the victim's life that is changed forever.

Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear, and while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture: something, and someone, is always in the dark

My review of He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

Holy twisty batman, can Erin Kelly weave a web of lies.  Almost all of the main characters are hiding something.  Some we know up front, some we find out later.  Just wait for later… wow.

Together, Kit and Laura watch a total eclipse of the sun.  Kit is an eclipse chaser, Laura is an eclipse virgin.  As they are returning to camp, Laura happens across Beth and Jamie.  At first she is confused, but quickly realizes that Beth is being taken advantage of.  Kit comes along as Jamie is bolting and Laura calls the police while Kit goes after Jamie.

15 years later, Kit and Laura are living in desperate fear.  Living in fear of Beth.  How did that happen?  And so in a series of flashbacks and current time, a twisty story of lies and deceit begins to unfold.

I enjoyed the story immensely.  Not spooky, but definitely a twisted thriller.  As events unfolded, I found myself thinking “What in the world just happened?”

The metaphor of the eclipse shapes the book and this was executed superbly.

As other reviewers have said, the book does start off on the slow side.  Stick with it.  It’s worth the wait, trust me! It turned out to be so much more than I ever expected.

The Final Twist (no spoiler)

The very last sentence was the final twist.  It is by far the best last sentence I recall ever reading.  As I approached the ending, I had this pegged as a 4 star book in my head.  But the final sentence made this a clear 5 star winner.

Thank you Erin Kelly and St. Martin’s Press for a copy of He Said/She Said in exchange for an honest review.

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