Book Review - He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
THE suspense novel for 2017, from the bestselling author of The Poison Tree.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 20 April 2017
"In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack.
She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, four lives change forever.
Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear.
And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, she also knows that you can never see the whole picture: something is always hidden... something she never could have guessed."
There was a real sense of nervousness at the beginning of this book. The blurb mentioned an attack during the aftermath of an eclipse so I assumed it had something to do with that. It was clear that the story started off after that particular event and this meant that I would have to piece together all the details. At this point I had a million questions racing through my mind!
The mystery of why Laura and Kit were so nervous hung over the storyline and forced me to keep turning the pages. It became a need - I needed to know why this couple were being targeted when all they had done was help someone.
The author's words created a 'just one more page' atmosphere (all you bookish people out there know all about that one, am I right?). I couldn't figure out how this one event could have possibly affected the rest of their lives so drastically.
I enjoyed the scenes from the year 2000 but I equally enjoyed the scenes set in 2015. Sometimes I find it difficult to keep track when a book jumps from one time line to another but this one worked perfectly and allowed me to gradually fill in the gaps between the two.
On the cover of the book were the words 'Who do you believe?' and I have to say that I just wasn't sure. My opinion changed several times until the truth started to seep through and then I had chills. I admit I was surprised. I think the realness of this story is what made it so good, I could actually imagine it all happening, what a freaky thought!
Secrets and lies all tangle together in this heart-poundingly good psychological thriller.
Erin Kelly is the author of The Poison Tree, The Sick Rose, The Burning Air, The Ties That Bind and Broadchurch: The Novel; inspired by the mega-hit TV series. The Poison Tree was a Richard & Judy summer read in 2011 and became a major ITV drama in 2013.