He Said, She Said- Erin Kelly

Synopsis:

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 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.

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I had a very hard time getting into this story at first. I really enjoyed how the POV was covered from the perspectives of both Kit and Laura, but I feel like I didn’t have enough information throughout the beginning of the story to continue reading. I had a difficult time continuing until I got to a point where everything was making sense for me. HOWEVER- as the story continued and the pieces began to come together, I was able to better understand why they did certain things and why so much was left out in the first portion of the book. The last third of the book has so many answers crammed in there- it’s unbelievable.

I really appreciated the time the author spent comparing the eclipse to each part of the story. As the stages of an eclipse continue as you progress through the book, more and more was revealed. I found myself disappointed and aggravated with the characters as the book developed. Erin Kelly did a fantastic job with making her characters relatable and authentic. Although difficult to do with such a story as Beth’s- I felt sorry for her, hated her, questioned her, dismissed her, and then felt sorry for her in cycles throughout the story. The same went for Kit and Laura- As a reader I was torn. The tagline “Who do you believe?” really resonated throughout the story, as I changed my mind countless times.

Overall, I would recommend this book because of the multiple intricate layers of lies and deceit, interesting characters, and unique story line. This makes a good choice for a patient reader who will appreciate the building of anticipation with countless twists and turns before the explosion of answers at the end.

-Kris

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