He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

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Synposis:

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.

Review:

I am going to go there and say it: this is the best book of 2017 thus far, in my humble opinion.

The story is told in alternating pov’s and timelines from the two main characters, which is necessary and effective in the case of this story. Briefly, there are two witnesses to the aftermath of a sexual assault, and this is the story of how it affects the lives of all involved. This is strong subject matter, and the words within this book are powerful – the writing is great, the character development is thorough – I didn’t want to say good bye to (some of) the characters, nor did I want the story to end.

In the beginning, we have many points which are alluded to, but nothing is detailed, which definitely gives the reader an overall sense of foreboding and mystery. The first half of the book was definitely a slower pace, which I usually believe slows down the story with psychological thrillers, but I daresay I enjoyed it even more than the suspense that follows in the second half. And boy, does it ever follow.

There is much to be said of how the issue of sexual assault was portrayed here – from the perspectives of the victim, witnesses, accused, media and how it affects these individuals for the rest of their lives. Again, it was very powerfully addressed by the author, and I believe this would be a great book club discussion.

I highly recommend this book to readers of all genres, I believe there is something for everyone here.

5 stars.

Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

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