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He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly


If I were to describe this book in a single word, the word would be breathtaking… an apt description, indeed, as this He Said/She Said is chock full of surprising plot twists that will, well, take your breath away.

The story centers on Kit and Laura, eclipse enthusiasts whose lives were turned upside down after Laura witnesses a rape in progress. Despite the attacker’s proclamations of innocence, he is arrested and—thanks to Laura’s testimony—found guilty and sent to prison. Laura initially befriends the victim, a woman named Beth, until a series of frightening events leave them fearing for their lives and sends them into hiding. 15 years later, the couple are married, expecting twins, and living under assumed names when the consequences of that night comes back to terrorize them once more. What really happened that long ago night? Someone is lying… but who?

He Said/She Said is a slow burn that gradually builds to a magnificent blaze that will leave you gasping aloud at one shocking reveal after another.  Written from the dual perspectives of Kit and Laura, in alternating timelines, readers gradually learn what happened in the past while witnessing the psychological effect it has on both of them in the present day.

To say these characters and events are complex almost feels like an understatement. Every single time I thought I had a handle on what was going on—even feeling smug a time or two thinking I had it all figured out—I was humbled by an unforeseen twist that was intense in its ramifications, and left me to puzzle it out all over again.

Hint: I never figured out one damned thing before it happened. It was a glorious failure that left me highly impressed with Kelly’s inventive writing and her ability to weave a completely unpredictable story.

This is a must-read for fans of psychological thrillers! Trust me… you won’t be sorry. And while you’re at it, add Erin Kelly to your Author Radar. With skills like these, she’s an author whose work you won’t want to miss out on.

I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of Minotaur Books.

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Author: Erin Kelly
Title: He Said/She Said
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publication Date: June 6, 2017 by Minotaur Books
Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

“A tour de force – a gripping, twisting, furiously clever read that asks all the right questions, and keeps you guessing until the very end. I loved it.” –Ruth Ware, bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10In 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 married are living under new names and completely off the digital grid: no Facebook, only rudimentary cell phones, not in any directories. But as the truth catches up to them, they realize they can no longer keep the past in the past.

From Erin Kelly, queen of the killer twist, He Said/She Said is a gripping tale of the lies we tell to save ourselves, the truths we cannot admit, and how far we will go to make others believe our side of the story.


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.


6 thoughts on “He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly”

  1. I’ve read so many reviews of this book and they are all so different! I like yours because it’s passionate and I love that you didn’t guess anything!

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  2. Wow, it seems I am in the minority here. It dragged for me for half of the book. In fact I almost stopped reading it, but others said to keep going as the ending was worth it, I kept going and the ending did get me, especially that last paragraph. But since I struggled for most of it, it wasn’t really for me.

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    1. It is definitely a slow paced book for a long time, but that’s what I liked about it. I think I lucked out and managed to read it at a time when I needed a slower pace for a change.

      Differing opinions is what I adore about the bookblogger community. We all read the same book, but the way each of us interprets it, and feels about the reading experience is so vastly different. I love seeing a book I loved (or didn’t) through the eyes of someone else who didn’t feel the same… it opens me up to considering aspects of the story that never occurred to me, and that is just awesome!

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