“He Said/She Said”
Written by Erin Kelly
Review written by Diana Iozzia
First and foremost, I think this book is going to get me back into the British psychological thriller books, and I’m grateful for that. I had heard great things about Erin Kelly and was intrigued by “He Said/She Said”.
This book has four perspectives, Kit in 1999, Laura in 1999, and both of them in 2015. Kit is an eclipse hunter, bringing along his girlfriend, Laura, for her first time to see an eclipse. At the festival for this eclipse, Laura witnesses a stranger, Beth, being raped and assaulted by Jamie, another stranger.
We see the story in the past, of Laura and Kit’s battle in the courtroom, to prove that Jamie indeed raped Beth, that it was not consensual sex that looked strange and kinky, as Jamie claimed. Slowly, intertwined with present day Kit and Laura, we unfold the story of the aftermath of Jamie’s conviction. Beth becomes obsessed and clingy to Laura, much to Kit’s dismay.
In present day, Kit and Laura are expecting twins. Kit is off on an eclipse chase, under an assumed name, hoping Beth has stopped looking for them (Why he’s afraid of her? Of course, we don’t know the whole story yet). Laura stays home and increasingly becomes paranoid, as a video of drunken Kit appears on social media, nearly becoming viral.
This novel is twisty and intriguing, but it does not pay off with the ending I had expected or wanted. I had a thought in my mind where it could be going, but it seemed to be a red herring, as other reviews have agreed. The twist and climax were not predictable, but they just were not exciting or thrilling. Yes, they were suspenseful and a little surprising, but I was a little underwhelmed with the ending. However, the other 75 percent of the book beforehand was great. I thoroughly enjoyed this, but do not think this book is going to have the shocking, brilliantly concocted twist ending that it’s branded to have.
* won in a contest held by Minotaur Books on Instagram . *