REVIEW: He Said / She Said by Erin Kelly
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.
“That’s the thing with secrets. They’re leaky; you can’t decide to share the bits that suit you without a million questions oozing out. You have to solder a part of yourself shut.”
I was lucky enough to win a proof copy of this book but only just got around to reading it. I wish I had read this earlier as it was absolutely brilliant. A psychological thriller, it has two main threads. The first explores an alleged rape at a festival witnessed by the main character, Laura, and the subsequent trial. The second explores the consequences of the survivor’s obsession with her saviour, Laura, and the far-reaching consequences this has on her life.
“I think some men hate women so deeply, they don’t even know it. They don’t think in terms of violating consent because they don’t think about consent, full stop.”
I found this book unputdownable. There were two huge twists that I never saw coming. I even gasped out loud at one point. The parts about the rape trial were well-researched and reflect the victim blaming that occurs during most trials. The tension is heightened chapter by chapter until events converge in a brilliant conclusion, revealing secrets and lies that have been hidden by each character.
“That was when I learned my lesson about the relationship between contemplation and action … The moment you think about an act in terms of how, you are already halfway to doing it.”
This was my first book by Erin Kelly but it definitely won’t be my last. This was well-written and a perfect example of a psychological thriller. It explored some thought-provoking issues such as rape culture and mental illness in a nuanced way. I loved that she was able to pull off two twists without me suspecting at any point. This was a very enjoyable read that I would recommend to all thriller fans.
This was a well-written psychological thriller that succeeded in pulling off two huge twists.
About the Author
Erin Kelly was born in London in 1976 and grew up in Essex. She read English at Warwick University and has been working as a journalist since 1998.
She has written for newspapers including the The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Express and magazines including Red, Psychologies, Marie Claire, Elle and Cosmopolitan.