A book about an eclipse-chaser is a new one on me. I learned a lot, but Erin Kelly’s novel irritated some readers due to its alternating points of view. I rather like this as a technique for it creates a pacy read which I enjoy. Pleased to have worked out the plot before the end but felt compelled to read it anyway, and had missed the final twist in my summing up.
On her website, Erin Kelly says (which would have disappointed me in her shoes, too):
In 2014, I wrote the novelisation of the BAFTA-winning Broadchurch but sadly did not get to meet David Tennant.
The blurb on He Said, She Said, says:
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, four lives change forever.
Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear.
And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, she also knows that you can never see the whole picture: something is always hidden… something she never could have guessed.
Twisty, gripping and thought-provoking, HE SAID/SHE SAID is the suspense novel everyone is lining up to read and rave about. A breathless psychological thriller from the crime author on everyone’s lips.
Obviously, I won’t go into the plot in any more detail, lest I spoil it. The settings vary. They play their part.
In terms of writing techniques, we invest in the key characters who are slowly unveiled over time: Laura the protagonist, Beth, her friend, Kit, her boyfriend, and Jamie. What to call him? Her tormentor? There are others, conveying hints of the past.
It is a dark tale, atmospheric, and at times, pretty twisted.
At over 400 pages, it has kept me going, my allegiances switching throughout the book. A pretty talented and skilled writer. One to recommend for anyone who enjoys a decent psychological thriller.