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Summary

A breathless psychological thriller from the crime author on everyone's lips, He Said/She Said is the suspense novel of 2017. The twisty, gripping and thought-provoking Sunday Times best seller that listeners can't stop raving about.

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.

15 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.

©2017 Erin Kelly (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic reviews

''A tour de force - a gripping, twisting, furiously clever read that asks all the right questions and keeps you guessing until the very end. I loved it.'' (Ruth Ware, author of The Woman in Cabin 10)
''I'm calling it: THIS is the book I wish I'd written.'' (Clare Mackintosh, author of I See You)
''It's magnificent. Stunningly twisty plot and weep-makingly brilliant writing.'' (Marian Keyes, author of The Woman Who Stole My Life)
''It's SO good...I was carrying it around the house I was so gripped.'' (Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent)
''Not just a tense psychological drama but a meditation on the complex view. Kelly brilliantly uses the eclipse as metaphor, exploring the fact that though we long for black and white, the partial view is all we ever get. Dive in.'' (Susie Steiner, author of Missing, Presumed)
''Twisted, atmospheric and perfectly plotted. Her best yet.'' (Jenny Blackhurst, author of How I Lost You)
''Deliciously tense and twisty.'' (Sharon Bolton, author of Daisy in Chains)
''Erin Kelly keeps you guessing to the very last page, she cleverly reminds us of our own fallibility and gullibility.'' (Adele Parks, author of The Stranger in My Home)
"Superbly twisty and readable." (Jenny Colgan, author of The Summer Seaside Kitchen)
"A clever, compulsive read, which sinks its claws into you and won't let go." (Red Magazine)

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Gripping & different

I listen to a lot of books of this genre but this one stands out. A gripping psychological tale with plenty of twists & characters to love& hate. I also enjoyed the astronomical details which formed the background to the story.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • mary
  • london, United Kingdom
  • 08-05-17

A PAGE TURNER THAT MAKES YOU THINK

If what you want from a thriller is a gripping page turner that has substance and style then listen to this. Clever, touching and surprising to the last line.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Wandering and boring

Didn't get in with this at all. I found the female narrator droning and couldn't keep awake. Persevered as I thought the story may get better but gave up and returned it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing

I chose this book as I had heard the author on Womans Hour and thought the story sounded interesting. Unfortunately, a combination of a predictable story and the dreadful whining intonation of the female reader made it a torture to listen to.
The endorsement from Womans Hour made me limp to the end but I just could not bear the last half an hour and had to turn it off.
A waste of money.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Something a bit different.

I really enjoyed this. More meat to it than so many psychological thrillers I've read recently which are "scanty" to say the least.
The relationship between the two main characters touched me as I could really relate.
Totally believable too.

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  • Kaggy
  • United Kingdom
  • 12-05-18

Stumbling upon a nightmare

I enjoyed two previous books by Erin Kelly (The Poison Tree and The Sick Rose) and had pretty high expectations of her latest offering. Overall this is a slick suspenseful tale that dares to take us off the beaten track and into something more intense and interesting than the usual ‘did he or didn’t he’ rape story. Once again the author writes about intelligent, middle class people who do stupendously stupid things and as a result wreak catastrophic havoc on their lives. (This is very satisfying for a lesser mortal like myself). From the beginning you realise there is something a little off kilter with the relationship of the main characters and the ensuing story is a very interesting explanation of why that is the case. My only criticism is with the final denouement which I thought was too cluttered and unbelievable. I was also disappointed that eclipse theme didn’t yield any deeper meaning or indeed serve as the backdrop of a really spectacular payoff - what a waste! The narration was adequate but the female narration was a bit flat and monotone. In summary I would recommend this if you are looking for something that will entertain and surprise you, but don’t expect to be fully convinced by the proceedings.

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sorry I tried 3 times and couldn't get into this

you may like it - but not for me didn't get that far into this

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Awful narration

Helen Johns interpreted the role as always being desperate and on edge which made listening to her for more than ten minutes an impossible task.

The story is engaging, but as I ended up hating the main character I just couldn't finish. Need to buy the actual book now, so I read it to the end.

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Tedious

I was expecting something far more interesting than this dreary, overly long tale of tedium. The characters were just...flat, no real depth to them and not particularly sympathetic. The plot was unbelievable and the narration was rather dull, lacking expression or texture. I found myself zoning out then thinking 'oh, whatever'.

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Terrible waste of time

It started off poorly and just got worse. I hung around for the big twist but it was a waste of time. Main character is just a moan and a drain. Bit of advise don't bother!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful