Sunday, May 28, 2017

He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

What They Said.....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, it is not only the victim's life that is changed forever. 

The victim seems grateful. Months later, she turns up on their doorstep like a lonely stray. But as her gratitude takes a twisted turn, Laura begins to wonder—did she trust the wrong person? 
15 years later, Kit and Laura married are living under new names and completely off the digital grid: no Facebook, only rudimentary cell phones, not in any directories. But as the truth catches up to them, they realize they can no longer keep the past in the past.
From Erin Kelly, queen of the killer twist, He Said/She Said is a gripping tale of the lies we tell to save ourselves, the truths we cannot admit, and how far we will go to make others believe our side of the story.

What I Say......This is the time of year that I love having paper ARC's, because this is what they end up looking like.

Yep, it's my favorite time of the year, it's time to float and read.  And He Said/She Said was the first pool book of the summer.

Laura and Kit are eclipse chasers, Kit since childhood and Laura since she met Kit.  They are about to be clouded out at the latest site, which leads them to a isolated area when they come upon two people having sex, but while Laura is sure what she has witnessed is a rape, the guy says it was consensual.  

As they are part of the ongoing trial, Laura finds herself committing perjury under questioning from an aggressive defense attorney.  Afterwards, she is living in fear that Kit will find out, the alleged rapist will go free or she will go to jail.

However, when the victim continues to contact her after the trial has ended, Laura develops an uneasy friendship with her - partly out of her sympathy for what happened to Beth, and partly out of fear that if she doesn't, Beth will tell Kit about her perjury.  But never does it seem like she really likes Beth or enjoys spending time with her, even as they are coloring each other's hair.

But when she tries to pull back, weird things start happening, things that become increasingly dangerous.  Convinced that Beth is unhinged, Kit and Laura move off the grid, change their names and try to disappear into new lives.  

But Kit can't stop chasing eclipses and they live in fear that she will find them every time the next one comes.

Laura stays behind hugely pregnant with twins, while Kit sets off on another eclipse trek.  Which he can't enjoy since he worries every minute about Beth showing up.  Meanwhile, Beth is safe at home.....

I don't want to say much more, because this book was full of twists and turns.  You know how sometimes you think you've read it all, and you can't be surprised anymore?  I actually was surprised with this book - I did not see the twist coming.  

And I'm not sure if I agreed with Laura's take on the situation on the end, she wasn't innocent either, but that's all I'm going to say about that.  NO SPOILERS!

Current Goodreads Rating 4.17

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