He Said She Said

He Said She Said

by Erin Kelly

Overview: 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. 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.

Deanna Boe (07/15/18): This is another well written novel, that has so many twists and turns to the storyline that you are simply shocked when you find out one of the secrets that had been held throughout the novel and how it had impacted the lives of the three main characters. As the old saying goes; “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” Never has a saying been more apt than for this novel.

Again we have a novel that goes back and forth between two time periods. In this case it is 1999 and 2015. Not only do we skip from one year to the next, but we also go from one person telling what happened to another. Originally Laura and Kit were simply boyfriend and girlfriend but as the book progresses they are married. The whole storyline is connected to total eclipses of the sun.

Kit became enthralled with eclipses when he was young. His father took him to view several before he died. Since then, Kit has made it a point to observe these eclipses in the best possible place on earth. They live in London but have traveled all around the world to see them. This one begins with Kit going off to view one alone, while Laura remains in England because she is pregnant with twins.

Then the story flips back to 1999 where they are viewing an eclipse right in England. Kit and his twin brother are trying to sell coffee and other items to try and make money. Unfortunately, Laura can’t arrive at the same time as Kit, this will impact the storyline which we don’t realize just how greatly until much later in the book. The weather didn’t permit them to even see an eclipse but, unfortunately, they did witness something else that influences their lives for years to come. Laura was walking slightly ahead of Kit when she discovers a purse on the ground. This was followed by a trail of coins which she followed in hopes of returning the purse. What she stumbled upon was a young lady being raped. Kit appears after the man has jumped up and is walking away. The young lady’s name is Beth. Her role in their lives can’t be overstated in the years to come. The same is also true for the man who was raping her. Because Laura insists that the police be called they are dragged into the trial that happens and the involvement with the man who did the raping.

The author, Erin Kelly, is known as the “queen of the killer twist.” I would have to agree with this. I will have to read some of her other novels after enjoying this one.
Rating: ****+

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