Review: He Said/She Said, by Erin Kelly #IdRatherBeReading

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About the book:

In the summer of 1999, Kit and Laura travel to a festival in Cornwall to see a total eclipse of the sun. Kit is an eclipse chaser; Laura has never seen one before. Young and in love, they are certain this will be the first of many they’ll share.

But in the hushed moments after the shadow passes, Laura interrupts a man and a woman. She knows that she saw something terrible. The man denies it. It is her word against his.

The victim seems grateful. Months later, she turns up on their doorstep like a lonely stray. But as her gratitude takes a twisted turn, Laura begins to wonder—did she trust the wrong person?

15 years later, Kit and Laura are living under assumed names and completely off the digital grid: no Facebook, only rudimentary mobile phones, not in any directories. But as the truth catches up to them, they realise they can no longer keep the past in the past.

My thoughts:

Kit and Laura are eclipse chasers. But at one eclipse event Laura witnesses something shocking.

The chapters move back and forward in time, each being told from either Kit or Laura’s perspective. You always know who’s headspace you are in.

On the whole, the characters are likeable, but you never know who’s telling the truth – I once said I didn’t like unreliable narrators – this has well and truly proved me wrong on that!

It was a brilliant plot, although it was a slow burner to start with. Once it got going, it races along with more twists and turns you could imagine!

A well deserved 5*

I read this for the 2018 reading challenge – it fitted the category “2018 nominated for an award.

About the author:

Erin Kelly was born in London in 1976 and grew up in Essex. She read English at Warwick University and has been working as a journalist since 1998.

She has written for newspapers including the The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Express and magazines including Red, Psychologies, Marie Claire, Elle and Cosmopolitan.

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