HE SAID, SHE SAID
and other thrillers to check out
This one has been on my TBR list for a little while, and I finally got my hands on it. I had seen it on several readers’ blogs and posts, and I like a good thriller now and then. But I feel like I have high expectations for thrillers… For me to really give it a solid thumbs-up I need it to legitimately surprise me and take some twists and turns I would not have seen coming. There are so many thrillers that fall flat, even while they keep me reading, because even when they aren’t blowing my mind, it can still be an interesting ride. But a true clever thriller will make you stay up reading until ungodly hours of the night and that’s the BEST kind of book!
He Said, She Said really did not disappoint. The plot is very original, the characters have some range that make you want to hear them out even while they sometimes drive you crazy, and the storytelling itself is engaging. Kit McCall is a devoted eclipse chaser who ropes his girlfriend, soon-to-be-wife, into joining him in his passion, along with his brother and brother’s girlfriend. Through a series of events they become witnesses to an assault and end up testifying in court. The victim of the assault, a girl named Beth, becomes a staple figure in their home, and soon they find themselves in hiding from her, afraid for their lives. The story is told in current day and flashbacks, from both Kit and Laura’s perspectives. Sometimes this can be a distracting or annoying way of reading, but in this case, it really allows you to get the story from all angles in a way that rounds it out nicely, especially at the end when it almost becomes a necessity.
I have to warn you that the assault scene isn’t very pleasant to read, naturally, but it is short. As someone who cringes at many words that identify body parts, functions, etc. I especially did not enjoy this portion of the book. Alas, it is the defining moment that sets the stage for the whole story, so it’s not exactly skippable.
All in all, if you aren’t horribly sensitive to the types of things I mentioned in the previous paragraph, and you like a good thriller that will keep you guessing, I would recommend this one to you.
THRILLERS THAT ARE ORIGINAL, CLEVER AND WORTH THE ENERGY