3-2-1 Chapter Review for He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly.
He Said/She Said is about the alleged rape of Beth Taylor, described from the perspective of the witnesses Laura and Kit who testify in the court case. Kit and Laura are eclipse followers and this thread is interwoven with the story line. I picked this book for my own birthday treat – mainly because it mentioned there was a twist. I like a good twist; when dancing, but especially when reading. So far the writing style has been as rich as I love it to be and I can’t wait to get on with the rest of the book. Here’s my 3-2-1 Chapter One Review.
The Good – Erin Kelly uses such a rich, descriptive language and the words are carefully chosen to match the locale, as in ‘the institutional clatter of doors opening and closing’
The Good – A great build of the mystery and threat on the horizon and yet they have such friendly sounding names; Beth and Jamie.
The Good – I loved the little double poke at psychotherapists and IKEA where Kelly describes their thoughts towards their IKEA couch being a sacred confessional. We all know IKEA thinks this too!
The Bad – Possibly too many mystery angles for the first chapter. One of the descriptions left me wondering if Laura had a sex change.
The Bad – The epilogue (not named) is set at the Court house and refers to the female first person being a witness. It ends with ‘How did it come to this? How did we get here? How will it end?’ Then we start the first chapter to find that it’s after the trial has happened rather than an explanation of how we came to this or how we got here. Just a little confusing.
The Beautiful – ‘High ceilings catch your words and throw them back in different shapes.’