He Said She Said by Erin Kelly #BookReview


Book description

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


When I first started reading He Said She Said by Erin Kelly I was surprised that this book had so many five stars and rave reviews , I found it to be a slow starter and the constant changing between narrator and time lines took a while to get used to, but around the 120 page mark everything clicked into place and this turned from a mediocre read into a book that actually made for an intriguing read.

At the centre of the plot are four characters whose live’s become entangled after a chance meeting during an eclipse, the story is told from two perspectives, Kit and Laura’s. After witnessing a brutal attack during an eclipse, the couple do what anyone would do if they found themselves in a similar predicament and call the police, but little do they realise life will never quite be quite the same for them again. As events unfold it soon becomes apparent that nothing is quite as it seems, the characters credibility plays a major factor in this tale, and the reader is led a merry dance to get to the truth.

I’m sure at this point I’m going to get some shocked gasps but here we go, although I enjoyed He Said She Said I did have some issues with this book. At times the plot felt drawn out and there were chapters that didn’t necessarily add anything to the read, but actually distracted from the story, if I’m honest I actually found the whole eclipse thing a bit tedious after a while, although in the authors defence I can see why it was included in relation to the plot, it just didn’t work for me.

On the positive side come the last half of He Said She Said I was pleasantly surprised at how crafty Erin Kelly had been, I don’t want to give anything away that might spoil the read for others, but suffice to say the conclusion to this book absolutely threw me, as did the surprises along the way. If I were to sum this book up I would say it’s got a great premise, a brilliant second half, but I’m afraid this one struggled to keep my attention. I definitely think I’m in the minority with my thoughts on this book as it’s received so many fabulous reviews and in this case it maybe one you need to read for yourself.

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Hardcover: 416 pages

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton  (20 April 2017)


24 thoughts on “He Said She Said by Erin Kelly #BookReview

    1. lollyrugs Post author

      Thanks Cleo I get the eclipse bit I just found it hard going, but I certainly enjoyed the second part, I really thought I would love this book but unfortunately as you can read it never hit the mark x

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  1. Jessica's Reading Room

    I am just over halfway and I have also been struggling with it. It is starting to pick up for me though. I thought part it might have been that I have only been able to read a handful of chapters at a time.

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  2. FictionFan

    I more or less enjoyed it but certainly wasn’t blown away by it, so your review struck a chord with me. I felt it all got too convoluted – too many twists where a more straightforward story might have worked better overall. But she’s a great storyteller nonetheless – very readable.

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  8. Anny

    This is the first book I have read written by Erin Kelly. I struggled through the pages and gave up halfway. But I cheated and just jumped over half the book to read the last few chapters to see the ending. Erin Kelly may be a great author but I still prefer works by PJ Parrish, Laura Lippman and lately, some light but fun read from children’s author, Eva Ibbotson.

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  9. Anonymous

    I agree the beginning was slow. It almost bored me. I was also distracted by detail errors. For example, on pg 476 someone is described as having ‘dark gray hair’ but in the next sentence it describes her hair as white. Other times characters pick something up, only to have something else entirely in their hand the next sentence. I found several editing discrepancies like this throughout the book. It is a good tale but heavily written. I didnt love it, I didn’t hate it.

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