He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

4 Stars from me

I really struggled to get into this to start with and almost gave up on it. However, I persevered and am glad I did as once it ‘got good’ it really got good and hit a pace that I was keen to keep up with.

He Said/She Said is a typical psychological thriller which raises lots of moral questions along the way, almost too many, and boils down to the age old ‘your word against mine’ scenario. Most books of this type focus on a short span of time and a heightened period of awareness for all involved whereas this spans 17 years.

The little sub story of eclipse chasing is actually really lovely, it sounds like quite a special community. Though would Kit and Laura pursue this at such great expense (which they could ill afford), at such a crucial time in their lives and believing that there was the potential for them to encounter harm? No. No they wouldn’t. I honestly don’t believe either of them would have even entertained the idea.

Glossing over that, this is a belter of a book with maze of moral and emotional dilemmas which will keep you guessing with every turn of the page.

 

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 are living under assumed 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.