He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

I’ve been weaning myself off constant thrillers this year, but I really enjoyed He Said/She Said. It’s far more than the ‘did-he-didn’t-he?’ rape accusation that the title implies. Our heroine is Laura, who witnesses what she believes to be a rape taking place at an eclipse festival. The ramifications reverberate down the years, following through her life from teenager to adulthood.

Laura’s relationship with her partner Kit was very well crafted, and in the honeymoon period of their early days, author Erin Kelly manages to capture that perfect soft glow that lingers around young love. The couple share a hobby of eclipse-chasing – a phenomenon I’d never before heard of, but which left me longing to view a total eclipse. I even got as far as Wikipedia-ing locations of totality for the next decade to work out which would be the most feasible.

There are some big twists and turns along the way here, one of which in particular I didn’t see coming a mile off – and I do love that in a thriller. For quite a lot of the narrative, Laura nurses a secret that I was afraid would become the turning point of the novel – but by the end, it’s barely even relevant. I’d definitely read more by Kelly in future, and would like to thank Hodder & Staughton for providing a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

[Read from 30 March-1 April 2017]

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