He Said/she Said

He Said/she Said

A Novel

Large Print - 2017
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In the summer of 1999, Kit and Laura travel to a solar eclipse festival in Cornwall. In the hushed moments after the shadow passes, Laura interrupts a man and a woman and knows that she saw something terrible. The man denies it, but the victim seems grateful. Months later, she turns up on their doorstep and her gratitude takes a twisted turn. Did Laura trust the wrong person?
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2017]
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432840716
Branch Call Number: LT FIC Kelly E
Characteristics: 633 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Aug 30, 2018

Wow that was an intense read.

The story is told between what happened 15 years ago and the present, with Kit and Laura telling their versions of the story. Just when you think you have parts of the story figured out....here comes another part that you had no idea about.

It all started with Laura coming across Beth's purse while she and Kit were returning to the festival after watching the eclipse, and that would lead to witnessing the aftermath of the sexual assault of Beth by Jamie (a supposedly innocent and rich Harvard type school boy). This event ties them together for the next several years.

During the trial, you think the one little white lie told by Laura (she claimed she heard Beth say 'No' to Jamie, even though in her original statement to the police, she made no mention of any words uttered by Beth), was the best for everyone (because after all Jamie is a total sociopath right?!). Through all this, Beth becomes super close to Laura and Kit, sometimes hanging around like an unwanted third wheel. But mind you given what had happened to her, it seems only natural that she would turn to those who helped her during this trying time. But then....things start to happen to make Laura and Kit question things.... like the broken glass through the mail slot and the fire in the stairwell of their flat....

Deception.... who can you really believe? No one is really who they seem. It seems like Laura became more and more dependent on Kit, after the events with Beth and Jamie, while trying to keep from a complete mental breakdown. Kit appears to be the loving and patient husband trying to keep Laura happy and safe. Beth appears to be the clingy girl who knows no boundaries and tries too hard to find Laura and Kit (like hello she went around the world to try and find them when they tried to 'disappear'). Jamie might seem like the charming and wronged young man, who had a bright future ahead of him until that night at the festival.

Oh but how the truth comes tumbling out after 15 years. That climax had my heart pounding and the ending scene.... wow.

I quite enjoyed this book, it was full of twists and turns. Just when you think you know how it will end or go....things go a different direction and leaves you breathless for more.

May 20, 2018

Lots of twists and turns. Possibly even too many. But it was dark and atmospheric and I always like that.

Nov 03, 2017

This book was very good. A little slow in the beginning, but a power house at the end.

Jul 11, 2017

A great read from a fantastic author. Enjoyed this story. The last two sentences gave me chills.

Jul 05, 2017

I'm tired of books like this where the whole selling point is that like Gone Girl there is an unreliable narrator and the suspense involves finding out who that it. I found it hard to get into this as one of the narrators is a science and maths geek, possibly with a touch of Aspergers, and I just didn't find him attractive. In the end I didn't find the work worth the effort.

Jun 28, 2017

Oh my gosh this book is boring. It plods on from page to page with far too much unnecessary detail. The plot is not believable and insults the reader. I flicked through the second half as it was too tedious to plough through. Seriously, don't waste your time, there are so many really good books out there.

JCLGreggW Mar 10, 2017

In a year full of GREAT psychological thrillers, Kelly's latest is a standout, with lies, secrets, and different points of view all colliding together in a chilling, compulsive mix. You never know QUITE who to trust as Kelly changes viewpoints, and she handles the characters and plot masterfully.

Feb 28, 2017

At times shows promise, but most of the time gets bogged down under ridiculous plot twists, uneven pacing, too many subplots, and eclipse arcana.


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