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Published by Hodder & Stoughton, 20 April 2017. ISBN:
Who do you believe?
Cornwall 1999, and in the aftermath of an eclipse Laura and Kit stumble across
a brutal attack. The woman's face is contorted with fear. Laura is absolutely
sure about what she saw, and later, in a panic, she tells a little white lie -
a lie that results in her and Kit living fear, hiding their identities. Sixteen
years later, as the next eclipse draws near, Laura must confront the fallout
from what she saw that day in the darkness. Confessing will devastate her
marriage, keeping the secret could prove fatal.
secrets, sooner or later, must come to light.
A new novel
from Erin Kelly is always one to savour, and I had been looking forward to her
thriller He Said/She Said for months. And I was not disappointed.
moves backwards and forwards from the eclipse in 1999 to 2015 when Kit is
planning to travel to the Faroe Islands chasing another eclipse. I love a book
that informs me, so I enjoyed learning about the different stages of an
eclipse. It also served as a metaphor for light and dark, good and evil, dark
and light, the moving of the truth from one side to another, the transition between
what we thought we knew and what we eventually learned.
Said explores difficult subjects – an assault and its effect on victim and
perpetrator, the judicial system and all its flaws – Erin Kelly leads us
through these minefields with a sure and steady hand, she wears her research
The book is a
masterclass in slow burning tension, with an original plot (as Kelly always has)
and her all too human characters are beautifully drawn - unreliable,
unpredictable and who, in a doomed attempt, try to control their lives. He
Said/She Said is beautifully constructed, with plenty of twists and
misdirection. It is involving, thoughtful and, of course, entertaining. It kept
me guessing until the brilliant end.
One of my best
books of the year.
------ Reviewer: Mary-Jane Riley
Erin Kelly is a freelance journalist and
lives in North London with her family. The
Poison Tree was her first novel.
Mary-Jane Riley wrote
her first story on her newly acquired blue Petite typewriter. She was eight. It
was about a gang of children who had adventures on mysterious islands, but she
soon realised Enid Blyton had cornered that particular market. So she wrote
about the Wild West instead. When she grew up she had to earn a living, and
became a BBC radio talk show presenter and journalist. She has covered many
life-affirming stories, but also some of the darkest events of the past two
decades. Then, in true journalistic style, she decided not to let the facts get
in the way of a good story and got creative. She wrote for women's magazines
and small presses. She formed WriteOutLoud with two writer friends to help
charities get their message across using their life stories. Now she is writing
psychological suspense, drawing on her experiences in journalism. The Bad Things by Mary-Jane Riley was
published by Harper Collins/Killer Reads. Her second book, After She Fell, also published by Killer Reads in April 2016. To read the review of Killer reads click here http://promotingcrime.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/after-she-fell-by-mary-jane-riley.html