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Publisher's Summary

A breathless psychological thriller from the crime author on everyone's lips, He Said/She Said is the suspense novel of 2017. The twisty, gripping and thought-provoking Sunday Times best seller that listeners can't stop raving about.

Don't be left in the dark.

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.

15 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.

©2017 Erin Kelly (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic Reviews

''A tour de force - a gripping, twisting, furiously clever read that asks all the right questions and keeps you guessing until the very end. I loved it.'' (Ruth Ware, author of The Woman in Cabin 10)
''I'm calling it: THIS is the book I wish I'd written.'' (Clare Mackintosh, author of I See You)
''It's magnificent. Stunningly twisty plot and weep-makingly brilliant writing.'' (Marian Keyes, author of The Woman Who Stole My Life)
''It's SO good...I was carrying it around the house I was so gripped.'' (Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent)
''Not just a tense psychological drama but a meditation on the complex view. Kelly brilliantly uses the eclipse as metaphor, exploring the fact that though we long for black and white, the partial view is all we ever get. Dive in.'' (Susie Steiner, author of Missing, Presumed)
''Twisted, atmospheric and perfectly plotted. Her best yet.'' (Jenny Blackhurst, author of How I Lost You)
''Deliciously tense and twisty.'' (Sharon Bolton, author of Daisy in Chains)
''Erin Kelly keeps you guessing to the very last page, she cleverly reminds us of our own fallibility and gullibility.'' (Adele Parks, author of The Stranger in My Home)
"Superbly twisty and readable." (Jenny Colgan, author of The Summer Seaside Kitchen)
"A clever, compulsive read, which sinks its claws into you and won't let go." (Red Magazine)

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  • Lulu M
  • 05-04-17

Gripping & different

I listen to a lot of books of this genre but this one stands out. A gripping psychological tale with plenty of twists & characters to love& hate. I also enjoyed the astronomical details which formed the background to the story.

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  • mary
  • 05-08-17

A PAGE TURNER THAT MAKES YOU THINK

If what you want from a thriller is a gripping page turner that has substance and style then listen to this. Clever, touching and surprising to the last line.

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  • AFroggatt
  • 10-22-17

Wandering and boring

Didn't get in with this at all. I found the female narrator droning and couldn't keep awake. Persevered as I thought the story may get better but gave up and returned it.

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  • Unearthed Jewellery
  • 05-24-17

Disappointing

I chose this book as I had heard the author on Womans Hour and thought the story sounded interesting. Unfortunately, a combination of a predictable story and the dreadful whining intonation of the female reader made it a torture to listen to.
The endorsement from Womans Hour made me limp to the end but I just could not bear the last half an hour and had to turn it off.
A waste of money.

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  • happy loon
  • 04-28-17

Something a bit different.

I really enjoyed this. More meat to it than so many psychological thrillers I've read recently which are "scanty" to say the least.
The relationship between the two main characters touched me as I could really relate.
Totally believable too.

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  • Kaggy
  • 05-12-18

Stumbling upon a nightmare

I enjoyed two previous books by Erin Kelly (The Poison Tree and The Sick Rose) and had pretty high expectations of her latest offering. Overall this is a slick suspenseful tale that dares to take us off the beaten track and into something more intense and interesting than the usual ‘did he or didn’t he’ rape story. Once again the author writes about intelligent, middle class people who do stupendously stupid things and as a result wreak catastrophic havoc on their lives. (This is very satisfying for a lesser mortal like myself). From the beginning you realise there is something a little off kilter with the relationship of the main characters and the ensuing story is a very interesting explanation of why that is the case. My only criticism is with the final denouement which I thought was too cluttered and unbelievable. I was also disappointed that eclipse theme didn’t yield any deeper meaning or indeed serve as the backdrop of a really spectacular payoff - what a waste! The narration was adequate but the female narration was a bit flat and monotone. In summary I would recommend this if you are looking for something that will entertain and surprise you, but don’t expect to be fully convinced by the proceedings.

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  • Crazymazy
  • 08-11-17

sorry I tried 3 times and couldn't get into this

you may like it - but not for me didn't get that far into this

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  • M. Nilsen
  • 08-09-17

Awful narration

Helen Johns interpreted the role as always being desperate and on edge which made listening to her for more than ten minutes an impossible task.

The story is engaging, but as I ended up hating the main character I just couldn't finish. Need to buy the actual book now, so I read it to the end.

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  • Laurie
  • 06-21-17

Terrible waste of time

It started off poorly and just got worse. I hung around for the big twist but it was a waste of time. Main character is just a moan and a drain. Bit of advise don't bother!

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  • AM HARRIS
  • 05-11-18

Tedious

I was expecting something far more interesting than this dreary, overly long tale of tedium. The characters were just...flat, no real depth to them and not particularly sympathetic. The plot was unbelievable and the narration was rather dull, lacking expression or texture. I found myself zoning out then thinking 'oh, whatever'.

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  • maree
  • 08-13-17

Very slow start but good

Took several hours till I felt the story got going but was pretty good after that.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-15-17

A bit of a struggle

This took a long time to finish. The initial court scenes were painful and cringe worthy but the book improved dramatically once I got through these chapters. The whole eclipse thing as well as some of the characters motivations were also quite ridiculous. However the twists and overall story was ok. The performances were good. 3.5 star overall

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  • Michelle
  • 05-07-17

What a twist

I really enjoyed this book. It switches between 2 ain characters view point over 2 time periods. I was actually devastated by the twist without giving too much away .

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  • Jane
  • 08-14-18

very satisfying

I loved the story and character development and could not stop listening. I liked the narrators and look forward to reading/listenting to more of Erin Kelly.

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  • Judy Holzberger
  • 08-10-18

Very good.

I didn’t see that coming!!!! Very good indeed!!!! All that they said, and more. Well done all round.

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  • Krista Sirota
  • 08-01-18

Great thriller!

I really didn’t see the twists coming. Great narration and compelling characters. Very unexpectedly good!!

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  • Michele
  • 07-30-18

Boring

I could not relate to this book at all.I tried to concentrate on the story but found my mind kept wandering as it couldn’t hold my attention Maybe it gets better eventually but I have given up. I have tried to swap it but it appears that audible doesn’t do that anymore

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-18

look forward to the ending.

beginning is very slow with too much explanation which feels unnecessary. some parts of the story feel like they've been dragged a bit too long. as you come closer to the end though most of the explanations fall into places. the ending is filled with twists and turns bit on some level it feels like everything is crammed into couple of chapters. overall good book though and the story is also interesting.

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  • Denys
  • 06-14-18

Slow start then gripping <br />

I almost gave up in early stages but glad I stayed with it. Good plot with twists. Excellent narration.

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  • Heidi
  • 06-03-18

tense, claustrophobic and clever mystery

I’m not sure exactly what made me pick out He Said / She Said from my Alpine TBR list, only that I am really glad that I finally picked it up, and that I went into this completely blind. What a great mystery! As soon as Laura and Kit made their appearance, I knew that I was going to like this book. Do you find that sometimes you just instantly bond with a character / characters? I love it when protagonists stand out from the fray through some unusual quirk or characteristic that makes them interesting and three-dimensional. In this case, Laura and Kit are both eclipse chasers, people who will sacrifice their time and savings to travel the world to view total solar eclipses. Apparently, only those who are located in the path of the moon’s full shadow can see a total solar eclipse, which makes people traverse continents to be in the right spot at the right time. Who knew? Who also knew the four different phases of an eclipse, which draw parallels to the very distinctive parts of this clever story of danger and suspense?

Kit and Laura’s story starts with the total solar eclipse of August 11, 1999, on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall, when they are both only twenty-one years old and freshly in love. Many mysteries rely on the characters’ bad luck of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and sadly, for Kit and Laura this auspicious day will turn out to be their undoing. Not only is the eclipse “clouded out”, with weather conditions impairing visibility, but a chance encounter shortly after the eclipse will change their lives forever and see them go into hiding afraid of ... well, you will need to read it to find out!

I love novels that describe situations that could happen to anyone and that have life-changing implications. What would I do in that position? How would I react? The question was ever present in my mind as Laura and Kit try to live with the fallout of the incident at Lizard Point, which is being slowly unmasked through Laura’s and Kit’s retellings of the past through both POVs. I will not go into the plot at all, because anything may spoil the surprise for someone, and the novel hinges strongly on plot twists and surprises – so if you are a fan of that particular genre (like I am) you are in luck! In fact, the twists are so clever and so sneaky that the book easily makes it onto my “brilliant twist” list, and I am not usually easily impressed.

He Said / She Said is a slow burning, character driven mystery with a constant undercurrent of menace and danger that had me totally enthralled and gave me goosebumps. I am so glad that I listened to this novel on audio, which gave me the opportunity to fully immerse myself in the atmosphere of its tense narrative. A rich cast of supporting characters who were as compelling as Kit and Laura themselves, and the interesting background of the solar eclipse chasing scene added additional depth and interest for me, and I looked forward to every minute I could spend in my car listening. For me, these sort of atmospheric, tense and claustrophobic mysteries are the best kind, and I gasped out loud a few times as the couple stumble along their path towards their undoing. For lovers of courtroom drama, there was also an interesting and confronting courtroom scene, but again I cannot elaborate for fear of giving something away – let me tell you though that it was an eye opener!

So, before I open my big mouth and gush out a secret, I will try and sum this up in a few words: this tense, claustrophobic and clever mystery is a must-read for lovers of slow-burning, character driven, twisty psychological thrillers. It messed with my mind, which is the best compliment I can pay to any book in the genre. The only reason this was not a 5-star read for me was the ending, which was a bit too drawn out for me, as the author tried to tie up all loose ends but in my opinion ended up over-explaining things when a full-stop could have kept me reeling in shock and surprise. A minor quibble. I loved it. Thank you, and I will definitely pick up other titles by the author!