This is one of those books that sort of meanders along as story good enough to keep you reading … until page 300 … when you get an OMG moment that changes the pace of the whole thing.
HE SAID, SHE SAID by Erin Kelly
Kit has been an eclipse chaser since he was a child and it’s a hobby that he carried into his adult life and his girlfriend, Laura as well as sometimes their friends followed along more to keep him company than because they were also eclipse chasers. While attending a rather disappointing eclipse festival (the weather being such a big factor) Laura and Kit are walking back to their tent after the non-event when Laura happens upon a rape in progress. Of course, they report the crime and Laura feels a strong connection with the victim. She and Kit go through the whole trial process ensuring that the rapist, despite his protests of “misunderstanding”, ends up in jail. But that is hardly the end of the whole situation when the victim shows up at their doorstep and Laura begins a tentative friendship with her, much to Kit’s disapproval.
Fifteen years later Kit and Laura are married, she is heavily pregnant with twins and they are living under an assumed name. No good deed goes unpunished!
That’s all I can really say about this book without giving away the aforementioned, brilliant, page 300, twist.
I enjoyed Ms. Kelly’s writing and the way she was able to pull me into the story but truthfully this would have been a 3-star read until I came to “the twist”. It caught me completely by surprise and I raced through the rest of the book to learn how things would play out and the last quarter of the book was certainly a page-turner. However, I can’t quite bring myself to give it 5-stars because it started off a little slow, because of the flashback sequences it was at times a little repetitive and the ending left me feeling a little … well … unsatisfied.
So 4-stars for this one. It’s still a good read that I would recommend and I will definitely pick up something else by Ms. Kelly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR (from her website)
I was born in London in 1976 and grew up in Essex. I read English at Warwick University and began working as a journalist in 1998.
My first novel The Poison Tree became a major ITV drama and a Richard & Judy bestseller, and was longlisted for the 2011 CWA John Creasy Award. The Sick Rose, The Burning Air and The Ties That Bind were all published to critical acclaim and my books have been translated into 19 languages. In 2014, I wrote the novelisation of the BAFTA-winning Broadchurch but sadly did not get to meet David Tennant.
As well as writing fiction I continue to work as a journalist and also teach creative writing. I live in north London with my husband and daughters.