Title: He Said/She Said
Author: Erin Kelly
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Minotaur Books (St. Martin’s Press)
Source: eARC via NetGalley
Length: 400 pages
Available: 6 June 2017
There is more than meets the eye in Erin Kelly’s He Said/She Said. Layers of lies and secrets are woven together between characters, creating a story deeper, and more haunting than just another thriller focused on sexual violence.
Kit and Laura are living in a constant shadow of their past. While it’s been fifteen years since they witnessed Beth’s brutal rape, and went to court to make sure her rapist was put away, they still don’t feel safe. They live with no digital footprint, have changed their names, and moved into a neighborhood they’re sure no one can find them. It’s the only way they’ve been able to stay safe all of these years.
“I knew that this was something we had to do if we were not only to survive but to thrive. That only be reclaiming the eclipise, and by standing under the shadow, would we again find our light.”
– Loc. 3646
But when Kit leaves Laura — pregnant with twins after a long battle with IVF treatments — home alone to chase another eclipse (something he may love the same, if not more, than his wife) it creates the opportunity for the past, and the truths, they’ve been both running from to confront them.
The secrets and lies that Kelly carefully crafts in He Said, She Said are as intricate as the characters they belong to. At first, the story felt as though it was going to focus on the case: a literal he said/she said trial where the jury needs to decide who to believe. The deeper into the story you go, however, the more intense the plot becomes. But don’t mistake this for a plot-driven thriller; there are twists and turns that drop right up to the very end of the book that will have you have you questioning who the real villain of this book really is.
“Then I fold the pages tightly, a cache of threats and riddles lying in my lap, eyes closed against the clock, giving myself over to thought. The gap that most needs filling in is one she hasn’t even mentioned.”
– Loc. 4191
This book is for fans of Gone Girl — a recommendation I don’t give lightly. Rich in setting detail and character creation, Kelly has created the perfect summer thriller that will stick with you long after you finish reading.