He Said, She Said – Erin Kelly

Published by: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 416
Date released: 20/04/2017
Date read: 18/03/2021

Who do you believe?

In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack.

She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, it is not only the victim’s life that is changed forever.

Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear.

And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture: something – and someone – is always in the dark.

*TRIGGER WARNING – RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT*

*SPOLER ALERT*

I am generally not a fan of what I call “thriller” type books, and especially do not like reading books regarding rape or sexual assault. But a friend leant it to me, highly recommending it, so I thought I would broaden my reading horizons.

The story follows rape victim Beth, rapist Jamie, and eyewitnesses Laura and Kit over a period of 15 years. It starts in 1999 at a festival in Cornwall, where Laura and Kit stumble upon a seemingly obvious sexual assault between Jamie and Beth. We then travel through the next 15 years, discovering love and friendship, anxiety and fear, through an overarching storyline of eclipse chasing (quite a niche topic I must say).

It took me a while to get into this book, as I felt very uncomfortable with the story topic (which is probably what Kelly was after), and because I’m not used to reading this particular genre, I wasn’t really getting on with the style of writing. But once I’d got maybe 50 pages in, I was completely hooked.

There were twists and turns throughout and you find yourself continuously questioning everyone, and you start to wonder how you would react in the same situation.

I didn’t care much about the scenes involving Kit going on a cruise holiday to witness another eclipse. To me, that – and most of the eclipse stuff – didn’t add much to the storyline, other than to turn our focus more onto the evolving friendship between Laura and Beth.

I wouldn’t say I’m a thriller convert yet, but I probably will no longer pass over them point blank now.

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