Who do you believe?
“The stress hormones of adrenaline and cortisol, when pumped in sufficient quantity, rival anything you can smoke or swallow. Within a year of the Lizard, I would envy those who could dry out in rehab. When you suffer from anxiety, you carry an endless supply.”
― Erin Kelly,
Published: April 24, 2018
My Copy Came From: Audible
Read Via: Audio Book
Book Synopsis From Amazon:
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?
Fifteen 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.
This book started out with a bang but ended with a bit of a thud! I will explain more about the thud later, but first the good stuff. I loved the back and forth story telling by Laura and Kit as well as the back and forth between the past and the present. Kit and Laura witness the final moments of what looks to be a terrible assault. Jaime, the man accused of raping a woman named Beth swears it was consensual. But Laura saw the look in his eyes in the heat of the moment and remembers Beth’s face smashed into the muddy ground. What follows in the next few years is Jaime’s trial in which Laura is the star witness and the increasingly intense friendship that Laura and Beth form. Each are holding on to their own secrets. Secrets that threaten the things they love and need the most. Kit, while understanding Laura’s need to help Beth through this time is annoyed at Beth’s constant presence in their lives. When Beth’s actions become alarming and a bit odd, both Kit and Laura find that it’s time to end the relationship. When they wake up to an intentionally started fire in their home, they find that it’s time to flee. They are unsure what Beth is capable of in her unstable mental state and think it’s best to move their life elsewhere. Years later, when the accusers re-trial and potential release is a possibility, secrets come to light which change everything.
This book was good. But it wasn’t great. I enjoyed all of it until I reached the end. When I say the end, I don’t mean the whole end either. When the whole truth came to light it was interesting, but part of it seemed to rely on the familiar “this was the person who did these things even though it was completely out of their character.” If I would have written my prediction down at the beginning of the book, I likely would have written the actual ending down. But I really think this is a good thriller. He Said/She Said’s title is the perfect title for this book. In many of these types of stories we have two or more narrators telling their side of the story and it’s up to the reader to decide who is telling the truth and who the good guy is. If you like these kinds of stories like I do, read this one too. It was again a recommendation from my favorite pod-caster Anne Bogel.
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