Book Review: He Said She Said – Erin Kelly ***

Billed as a psychological thriller this is very different to the standard novels with a twist out there. I have to confess that about a third of the way through I almost gave up on it and was ready to start something else. Erin Kelly has crafted an excellent anatomy of a relationship but the pacing may leave a lot to be desired for the die-hard (pun intended) thriller reader.

It is 1999 and Kit and Laura are at the Lizard in Cornwall, working a festival to pay their way while they wait for the total eclipse of the sun. When the eclipse is clouded out they mask their disappointment and head off to a quieter area to be alone. Laura stumbles across a couple in the middle of sexual activity. As her embarrassment recedes she takes in the details in front of her. The girl pressed down into the mud, her face covered in snot and tears. This is not consensual. Laura calls out the young man on his behaviour before he runs off into the crowd. Calling the police for the young woman Laura and Kit set in motion a train of events that would follow them through life forever.

Kelly writes very eloquently and there are very descriptive passages setting the scenes as the action takes place. You do have to pay quite close attention as the book moves fluidly from Laura’s to Kit’s point of view and alternates between the aftermath of the Lizard and more recent times.

It is worth persevering with this long and twisty novel because the final chapters were very unpredictable and definitely worth the wait.

Supplied by Net Galley and Hodder & Staughton in exchange for an honest review.

UK Publication Date: Apr 20 2017. 416 pages.

He Said/She Said

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