He Said / She Said
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
20 April, 2017
Rare is it that a novel lands on the doorstep that leaves the reader so breathless, there is little that can be said about it that hasn’t been said already. Step forward Erin Kelly with her new psychological drama He Said / She Said which is every bit as compelling as authors such as Clare Macintosh, Sarah Hilary and Ruth Ware say it is.
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.
This is a magnificent ride. A journey through the whole emotional gamut, Kelly manages to imbue each character through an individual, first-person narrative divided between Kit and Laura, both present and past, with just so much life it is electrifying.
The sense of time and the horror of such an attack are beautifully depicted, whereas Kelly’s grip on place makes the reader feel the clouds, the lunar bodies and the sense of oneness with nature for themselves.
Then there is the razor sharp dialogue. Cut to the bone, there is a naturalism and rhythm to Kelly’s exchanges that breath still more credibility and “recognition” into events that, in turn, paints a beautifully crafted canvas speckled with detail upon detail.
In all, He Said / She Said is an absolute triumph; a joy from first to last that holds in its hands one of the most enthralling novels of 2017 so far.