Book Review | He Said / She Said by Erin Kelly

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

“He said it was consensual.
The woman said nothing.
But Laura saw it…
… didn’t she?

In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura and Kit interrupt something awful.

Laura is sure about what happened. Later, in a panic, she tells a little white lie – and four lives are changed irreparably.

When the victim turns up on their doorstep, her gratitude spills into dangerous obsession. Laura and Kit decide to run – but Beth knows they have pledged to see every eclipse together. They will never be able to entirely escape her.

As the next eclipse draws near, Laura must confront the fallout from what she saw in the darkness. Confessing will cost her marriage; keeping the secret might prove fatal.

But all secrets, sooner or later, will come to light.”

 

He Said/ She Said is told in a duel perspective which I really enjoyed and I loved the time hopping aspect too. I would have liked to have seen a bigger difference in writing style for Kit and Laura, as without the headings at the beginning of the chapters I wouldn’t have been able to tell them apart. This was very prominent at the beginning of the book and became less so as the story went on but I still felt the differences should have been greater.

Some times the pacing seemed a bit off. The beginning was a bit slow (this may be due to the indepth, sometimes scientific, way eclipses are described) and a lot seemed to happen in the last 50 pages or so. However, the short chapters made this a quick read, 400+ pages and you fly through it.
For ~60% of this book there was a lot of suspence created around an incident in Zambia. There was so much emphasis on this and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened but was disappointed in the results. I felt that ‘Beth’s behaviour’ prior to this point was much more irratic and frightening. I was waiting for a big explosion that never came.

Credit to Kelly for writing some great plot twists that I didn’t see coming, and I’m usually quite good at sussing things out! This isn’t an action packed read but you struggle to put it down, always wanting to find out more.

A strong 3.5/5* and will definitely be picking more up from this author!

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