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He Said/She Said

He Said/She Said, June 2017
by Erin Kelly

Minotaur Books
400 pages
ISBN: 1250113695
EAN: 9781250113696
Kindle: B01N8VOW5P
Hardcover / e-Book
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"Nothing is as it seems in this brain scrambler!"

Fresh Fiction Review

He Said/She Said
Erin Kelly

Reviewed by Lynn Cunningham
Posted November 24, 2017

Thriller | Thriller Psychological

Kit and Laura are what is known as eclipse chasers. They follow crowds of other people to places all over the world when an eclipse is going to happen. There are festivals built around these gatherings and everyone has a great time. This particular eclipse is no different from any other. It is still filled with people camping and partying while they wait for the main event to occur. In addition, the excitement builds as they all wait for the stunning sight that they will behold.

Yes, it was meant to be a special time for everyone. That is until Laura accidentally stumbles upon something that she was not meant to see. The man claims nothing wrong happened, but Laura knows what her eyes told her. On the other hand, the victim seems grateful to have been rescued.

Justice is done and not long after, the victim shows up on Kit and Laura's doorstep. At first, it is fine. Then, her actions begin to take on a rather twisted manner, frightening Laura and Kit into getting away from her as quickly and permanently as possible.

Fifteen years later, Kit and Laura are living under assumed names and always looking over their shoulders to make sure that this woman has not found them again. They know she is still looking for them, but they have been lucky so far. Laura is now very pregnant with twins and still suffers panic attacks, but life is mostly good for them.

Now, there is a new eclipse coming up and Kit has made arrangements to see it. Laura will not be able to make the trip due to her pregnancy, but she urges Kit to go without her. She knows how much these mean to him.

It is while Laura is alone, very pregnant, that her long-held nightmare comes true.

HE SAID SHE SAID did many things for me. One, it taught me about eclipse chasers, which I never knew existed. Next, this is such a wonderfully written book that I was completely caught up in the plot because so many things were happening. HE SAID SHE SAID is told in the voices of both Kit and Laura separately and goes from the past to the present. This helps to keep up with the events that are occurring.

HE SAID SHE SAID is a book that is very difficult to turn away from because there is always something happening that leads to something else. Not only that, Erin Kelly has created characters that you can relate to, for the most part. Admittedly, I spent a lot of the book wanting to shake the characters into people that I could actually like. This was an area in which I had some trouble. Happily, my opinion of the characters did not detract from one of the most unique books that I have ever read. It is a book to be savored and immerse yourself in much like a warm bath that suddenly becomes cold, making you shiver from head to toe.

Do yourself a favor and get your own copy of HE SAID SHE SAID and prepare to be amazed. Nothing will prepare you for the mind-blowing finale because you simply will not see it coming. There has never been another book quite like HE SAID SHE SAID and that is a good thing for you as a reader.

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In the summer of 1999, Kit and Laura travel to a festival in Cornwall to see a total eclipse of the sun. Kit is an eclipse chaser; Laura has never seen one before. Young and in love, they are certain this will be the first of many they’ll share.

But in the hushed moments after the shadow passes, Laura interrupts a man and a woman. She knows that she saw something terrible. The man denies it. It is her word against his.

The victim seems grateful. Months later, she turns up on their doorstep like a lonely stray. But as her gratitude takes a twisted turn, Laura begins to wonder—did she trust the wrong person?

15 years later, Kit and Laura married are living under new names and completely off the digital grid: no Facebook, only rudimentary cell phones, not in any directories. But as the truth catches up to them, they realize they can no longer keep the past in the past.

From Erin Kelly, queen of the killer twist, He Said/She Said is a gripping tale of the lies we tell to save ourselves, the truths we cannot admit, and how far we will go to make others believe our side of the story.

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