He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
I had been avoiding the novel HeSaid/SheSaid by Erin Kelly because I had heard it was about rape and I thought that subject matter would not suit me. How silly I am! I should know by now that when Erin Kelly approaches any topic, she will involve twists and turns that thrill and fascinate in equal measure.
In HeSaid/SheSaid Laura and Kit are at a festival to celebrate an eclipse when they witness a rape of Beth by Jamie. They are called as witnesses but nothing is as it seems and they must escape their past to protect their future. But after fifteen years everything changes.
The story is told through the eyes of Laura and Kit over the period of time from the time they stumble across Beth and Jamie until the story ends fifteen years later. The clever thing is that nobody knows everything: not Laura, not Kit, not the reader.
HeSaid/SheSaid would make a fabulous book group read. I certainly found it an excellent novel. I could not put it down. It is a taught exciting psychological novel and I highly recommend it.
Erin Kelly was born in London in 1976 and grew up in Essex. She read English at Warwick University and has been working as a journalist since 1998. She has written for newspapers including the The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Express and magazines including Red, Psychologies, Marie Claire, Elle and Cosmopolitan.