Another one finished! And another #CJSReads2017 selection for June.
HE SAID/SHE SAID by Erin Kelly (released yesterday, June 6th, 2017)
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!
He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly is one of the most anticipated releasing for the summer, so I was very excited to get my hands on a copy. I didn’t know too much about this book going into it – just a very brief synopsis. I avoided skimming the reviews on Goodreads, but I had heard from some people that it was a slow burn kind of thriller. It definitely was – but so worth it!
Laura and Kit are eclipse hunters – meaning they travel the world to see the total eclipses of the sun. Fifteen years ago, Laura witnessed a brutal attack during the aftermath of an eclipse. She reported the attack, but little did she know that not only did the victim’s life change forever, but so did Laura’s and Kit’s.
This follows the same kind of writing style that I love – multiple narrators and bouncing back and forth from two timelines. I feel more drawn into these thrillers when we see through the eyes of multiple characters. It helps answer questions as you go, explain the actions of characters, and moves the pace along. Sometimes the different timelines can add an element of confusion, which I feel like all psychological thrillers need. Erin Kelly did an amazing job at developing these complex characters. Emotionally, the stress of their pasts has a huge impact on their lives. The trauma manifests differently for both of them (insomnia, anxiety, etc) and they both cope with it differently.
Overall, I really loved this thriller. While it’s a slow burn, it’s definitely worth it for the end! This story gave me the creeps and made me uncomfortable while reading – almost like “someone is behind me” type feeling. And on a side note, I loved the explanation of the different phases of the eclipse, and then how they were applied to the different parts of the book.
A big thanks to Minotaur Books for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!
If you’ve read this one or are currently reading it, I’d love to discuss your thoughts on it!