He Said/She Said
But in the hushed moments after the shadow passes, Laura interrupts a man and a woman. She knows that she saw something terrible. ...more
It’s twisty throughout the last quarter of the book …moreWriting this for anyone viewing your question, because I figure you already finished/abandoned it.
It’s twisty throughout the last quarter of the book (from the Third Contact section on). If one fast-forwards to Chapter 45, one might catch on to what one missed in between. But the whole point of reading a story like this, with alternating POV (hence the book title!), is to experience the slow build to the twists and turns — not to plow through it to get to one at the end. ;)(less)
Now that's the way you do a thriller.
Kit and Laura are young and newly in love in the summer of 1999. Kit, who has been chasing solar eclipses since his childhood, convinces Laura to join him on a trek to Cornwall for a festival, during which they're expected to see a total eclipse of the sun. While the weather doesn't quite cooperate to give them the full eclipse experience, it still wows Laura, as she truly understands why Kit finds these events so mesmerizing, and lov
It's over 100 degrees this weekend in San Jose, California...making it impossible for me to sleep any longer. I was asleep by 8:15pm last night -- so luckily I got almost 7 hours of sleep.....
I picked up my Kindle next to my bed to begin reading one of the ebook library books I recently checked out.
I USUALLY DON'T bother to write reviews for books I don't finish --but I'm making an exception tonight -at 2:30am.
And this is why I'm discovering HOW MUCH I'm e ...more
Laura and Kit are married and have been in hiding for years. After witnessing a crime during an eclipse festival they went to together, things change for them as a new person enter their life, driving the two closer together as they bond over their shared trauma. Can I just say that I did enjoy this ...more
When I read the description for He Said/She Said sometime last year, I knew it was a book that I had to read. I was positive I was going to like it. However, with all of the hype I started to worry that I was expecting too much. Over a year later I finally had my hands on it and was excited to start reading.
The book opens with two women standing in a restroom, side by side at the sinks in front of the mirror. They ...more
I am almost speechless from the ending.
This is a well executed book that lacks nothing. The plot is clever, intricate and sucks you in bit by bit. You will feel so many different feelings reading this book. At least I hope you do - I did.
Kit and Laura. A young couple in love. Kit is an eclipse chaser - travelling around to the best world vantage points to see a solar ecl ...more
HE SAID/SHE SAID by ERIN KELLY is a slow-building, dark, and twisted psychological thriller that is cleverly formatted into parts that conforms to the five stages of a total eclipse of the sun. With each phase of the eclipse more details are revealed to us.
This book started off a little bit slow and tedious for me as the information and details that were given regarding eclipses didn’t really hold my inte ...more
The narrative is divided up into parts that correlate to the stages of a total eclipse of the sun.
In 1999, college sweethearts Kit and Laura attend an eclipse festival in Cornwall where they interrupt a rape. Laura befriends the victim, Beth. After testifying at Beth’s trial, Laura and Kit think that they are though with this horrible event. However, Beth inserts herself ...more
....The beginning....defines the five stages of a total eclipse....the next one being August 21, 2017 by the way, and we just happen to be right in the path of totality at its thickest....so cool.
....Anyway, Kit and Laura are a match made in heaven....the real deal....and they happen to be eclipse freaks. (especially Kit) Even with limited funds, they travel around for the amazing experience of it all....so fun....until the incident....until thei...more
Eclipse chasers Kit and Laura are set to experience their first eclipse together at one of many festivals held around the world. For the couple this will be the adventure of a lifetime, special memories to be shared between them both. Perhaps even some day with their children. (If they make it that far). Instead, what they witness will change their lives forever.
Told from both Kit and Laura's p.o.v, th ...more
Has there ever been one single event that shaped the course of your life thereafter? One event that you couldn't erase or hide from no matter how hard you tried? One where you thought to yourself, if only I'd gone left instead of right? .. but alas, we do not get to have do overs, and neither do Kit and Laura, who were faced with such an event in 1999, and as of 2015, they have yet to escape its aftermath.
As of 2015, Kit and Laura are a married couple, who, after being ...more
But at the base-rock level of morality, I felt no guilt. My lie was a route to the truth: therefore, truth it was.
This book had done such weird shit on me - not until the very the last sentence did I ever imagine, for all the 400 pages of it, that (view spoiler)[Laura (hide spoiler)] would be the one character who I recoiled from the most. It’s inexplicable. Even to myself. Considering other obvious bullshit, fucked up mess going on in the story. But there you go.
The sharp writing, r ...more
Kit and Laura are young and in love. Seemingly made for each other, in a way that would make others envious. Not long aft ...more
The story is told in alternating pov’s and timelines from the two main characters, which is necessary and effective in the case of this story. Briefly, there are two witnesses to the aftermath of a sexual assault, and this is the story of how it affects the lives of all involved. This is strong subject matter, and the words within this book are powerful - the writing is great, the character developmen ...more
I have read all but one of the books written by this author and found them all very readable, suspenseful, love how she tackles different themes in each. In this one there are the moral questions of when ...more
A story of obsession, lies, and crippling paranoia. Someone is dancing dangerously close to the edge of madness. This one is made for those who prefer their psychological disquiet to slowly simmer before it breaks into a rolling boil. The title is right on the money.
Eclipses are cool, and this story is stellar.
this is a slight deviation from the goal, because it was a present, not one i bought myself. the lesson i'm trying to teach myself with this project is DON'T SPEND MONEY FOR NO REASON, DUMMY! WAIT FOR PAPERBACK! LEARN RESTRAINT!
but it is equally shitty a character trait to not read books when they are prezzies.
my composition = 20% bone and skin ma ...more
I remember this occasion well ........
I managed a roadside restaurant in Devon at the time and it felt like the entire population had traveled down to the West Country to witness the event (the best place in the U.K. to see the eclipse)
I can still see the cloudy skies, the darkness that eerily engulfed us and the strange silence that followed as everything came to a standstill. ...more
This is an incredibly slow-burn thriller that plays primarily with character dynamics and fear over who we can trust, and listen, I get it, that’s no ...more
He Said She Said is beautifully atmospheric, the backdrop of eclipse ch ...more
Erin Kelly gives the story the right balance of layers needed to drive this plot using clues instead of motives. Creating believable characters that allowed me to piece together the twist to this story and leaving me feeling quite clever. This doesn’t happen very often.
The story alternates from the ...more
The story starts with an 'alleged' sexual attack on Beth by Jamie, a guy from a well-off and influential family. The incident is partially witnessed by Laura and close behind by her boyfriend Kit. That is the essence of the book - was it rape or consensual sex - he said consensual, she said rape. The saga then unfolders, over two time periods - 15 years apart, between these 4 characters, and their ever-changing relationships and fears. Who is the one with the obsessive behaviour and ...more
Strange things happen during an eclipse... and this book is all about eclipses.
Laura and her boyfriend Kit are attending an eclipse festival. The paths of their lives are forever changed when Laura becomes a witness to an attack that night and asks Kit to go after the accused attacker.
The police are called and after charges are filed and arrest and trial take place. The prosecutor questions the defendant, Jamie. "You have a history of pursuing what you feel entitled to, regardless of ...more
If I could sum up this book in one sentence it’d be - a misdirection at its absolute finest.
What the actual fuck. Those twists, even for me were too messed up to foresee. I thought I knew all. I knew shit. Literally nothing!
High intrigue. Weird AF twists. Good pacing. I went into this prepared for a 3-star read. At best. But all in all, better than what I’d expected. So much better.
Initially I was taken in by the characters and the excitement around an eclipse. Who knew eclipse watching drew faithful, fanatic followers? Laura stumbles on a rape during an eclipse party and accuses Jamie, the perpetrator, of rape and he takes off. She calls Kit to step in. The lives of the four of them, Laura, Kit, Beth, and Jamie are entangled ...more
She has written for newspapers including the The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Express and magazines including Red, Psychologies, Marie Claire, Elle and Cosmopolitan.