Book of the month: He Said/She Said (Erin Kelly)
I’m going to choose one book I’ve read as my book of the month, and write a more in-depth review…
This month, the most stand-out book for me was Erin Kelly’s He Said/She Said. This review doesn’t contain any spoilers, only what is included in the blurb on the book.
The book begins with pregnant Laura feeling anxious about her husband, Kit, embarking on a solo trip to the Faroe Islands to see an eclipse.
The story then jumps back almost 16 years, to a festival in Cornwall, where Laura and Kit, who are six months into their relationship, and a couple of friends are there to experience the total solar eclipse of 1999. After the eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and Kit report it to the police, and this event changes everything.
He Said/She Said flashes back and forth between the present and the events and their aftermath in Cornwall. While Laura knows that reporting the attack was the right thing to do, the repercussions of this have a lasting effect.
Anyone that knows me, knows I love psychological thrillers, and this one ticked all the boxes. The story builds the suspense brilliantly, and keeps you guessing until the end. I loved the fact that so much of the book revolved around chasing eclipses, it was a really unique angle and I found it really interesting. Kelly’s descriptions of the eclipses are absolutely beautiful, I love her writing style. I immediately googled images of the mentioned eclipses so I could really picture them as I read!
As seems to be a popular way to write at the moment, the point of view alternates between chapters. I assumed this would be the case given the title of the book. I generally don’t mind this way of narrating, as long as it benefits the story, and I think in this case it did. Details trickled through the narrative, and it keeps you guessing right up until the end. I wasn’t sure what I was waiting for, I just knew something was coming.
If you enjoy books like The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl etc, you’ll really enjoy this. It kept me gripped right until the end and I was eager to see the whole picture.
Have you read He Said/She Said? Are psychological thrillers your kind of book?