He Said/She Said is a slow-burn thriller, and it was pretty fantastic. The book follows Laura and Kit, a married couple living lives altered by a pivotal event 15 years before. After the two witness a total eclipse, Laura finds a purse and winds up witnessing an attack. The aftermath of the attack leads to Laura and Kit’s involvement with the courts and the victim, and none of their lives will ever be the same.
At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about this book. It started out a wee bit too slowly for me…and my Kindle told me it would take me longer to read than I wanted to know (technology makes things harder sometimes). However, I’m very glad I stuck with it. The book is a thoughtful exploration of a marriage, shadowed by some extraordinary events. The characters aren’t always likable. From the beginning, you can tell that Kit and Laura also aren’t very reliable as narrators. There’s something mysterious happening, and it all dates back to the attack Laura witnessed. The narrative flits between Laura and Kit’s points of view, and backward and forward in time, with chapters arranged in groupings classified according to the stages of an eclipse. You get snapshots of their lives, and slowly piece together this event that has had such large ramifications for both of them. The story did seem predicatable at times, but near the end there was a lot of twists and turns that contributed to the suspense, and I didn’t see most of them coming until they were there.
Overall, I recommend thict of this novel.s novel for fans of slow-burn thrillers. It was a little reminiscent to me of Ian McEwan, due to the pacing and the meditative nature of some of the prose. It was a very understated sort of thriller, and I find that I really appreciated it. It has some good social commentary as well (but I can’t really delve too deeply into that without spoiling things that aren’t included in the book’s summary). If you’re interested in giving it a go, He Said/She Said is out now!
Note: I received this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for publishing a fair and honest review.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
What are your favorite slow-burn thrillers? Let me know in the comments!