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'Haunting. Mesmerising. Unforgettable.' Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
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.
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.
'I'm calling it: THIS is the book I wish I'd written' Clare Mackintosh, author of Let Me Lie
'It's SO good . . . I was carrying it around the house I was so gripped' Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent
'A gripping, twisting, furiously clever read . . . I loved it' Ruth Ware, author of The Lying Game
'It's magnificent. Stunningly twisty plot and weep-makingly brilliant writing' Marian Keyes, author of The Break
**STONE MOTHERS, the new novel by Erin Kelly, is available to buy now!**
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Erin Kelly’s proving a highly skilled thriller writer. He Said/She Said sensitively raises interesting questions around rape, a victims’ experience and consent in a book that tracks the havoc wreaked on one couples’ lives after witnessing a girl being attacked at a festival. As the book unfurls, we discover more about Beth—the girl who was attacked—relive the trial and are kept constantly guessing about exactly what happened as we reach the satisfying crescendo.
This riveting psychological thriller from British author Kelly (Broadchurch) explores the extremes to which people will go to conceal a lie. While celebrating the 1999 solar eclipse at a festival in Cornwall, eclipse-chaser Christopher "Kit" McCall and his girlfriend, Laura Langrishe, interrupt the apparent rape of Beth Taylor. They call the police, and their testimony leads to the capture and conviction of a man named Jamie Balcombe. Beth showers Kit and Laura with gratitude, but then her behavior takes a strange turn and they decide to distance themselves. Come 2015, Kit and Laura have changed their names and are living as ghosts, only risking travel to see the moon cover the sun. The couple share the narration, which moves back and forth in time to fill the 15-year gap. Kelly's pacing is deliberate, but patient readers will be rewarded with airtight plotting, mounting tension, and shocking twists. Attempts to match the beats of the story with the phases of an eclipse feel somewhat contrived, but overall, this is an affecting tale of infatuation, desperation, and betrayal.
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I read this book whilst on holiday and Spain and couldn’t put it down! Also have it to my mum to read who also thoroughly enjoyed it! I enjoyed it so much I’ve now read ‘The Missing Girl’ by the same author. He writing is just brilliant! I love the way the books go back and forward in time. What has Erin got next
He Said/ She Said
Took me a while to get into it but then I was hooked! Surprising twist at the end. Liked the view from each character in telling the story. Recommend it
The book was very slow to read as I forced myself to get to the end. A total waste of time and definitely not a ‘must-read’. The plot was not at all interesting and did not contain any suspense whatsoever.