Review: HE SAID/SHE SAID by Erin Kelly

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Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Minotaur Books for this free advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

“If revenge is a dish best served cold, confession should be dished up piping hot or not at all.” 


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.

My Review:

He Said/She Said is a dark psychological thriller that kept me interested from beginning to end. I am a huge fan of Kelly’s other work as I’ve read The Burning Air and The Poison Tree and let me just say she did it again! This book is excellent! It is about a couple called Laura and Kit, who witnessed a rape in progress. It goes back and forth between events that occur in 1999 and 2015 and throughout the book you see the events as they occur from both perspectives.
Kelly did a fantastic job of giving you bits of information along the way that left me feeling a bit paranoid and creeped out. I was completely surprised by the ending, which is something I look for in a book. I highly recommend this novel as well as Kelly’s other works. She is one of THE great literary mystery writers.

I rated it an EXCELLENT 5 / 5 stars!

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