REVIEW: He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

He Said:She SaidTitle: He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly
Pages: 416
Published by: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 20th April 2017
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Hardback
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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, it is not only the victim’s life that is changed forever.

Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear.

And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture: something – and someone – is always in the dark…

My review: 

Before I get into this review, I just want to give myself a pat on the back for finally reading this book! I bought this May last year so at least I didn’t have it sitting on my shelf for a year before I finally picked it up.

Now into the review! I sadly did not like this book. I did not like it at all. Maybe it’s because I had really high expectations for it and it didn’t even stand a chance at meeting them. But I had seen so many five star reviews for this so I was expecting for myself to give it five stars (it didn’t even come close to that). The start of the book was so boring and slow. I was actually contemplating not finishing it before I’d even hit 100 pages, I was that bored. Then when it got exciting the author even managed to make that boring. Everything about this book was just so underwhelming and not worth the bother.

The start of the book is so confusing, I didn’t have a clue what any of the characters were talking about. Laura continually says things like what Beth put us through and how it wrecked their lives and I was just sat there like who is Beth????? What did she do?? TELL ME!! It just got to the point where I was so fed up of not knowing what had happened and I felt like I was being kept in the dark for no reason. I hate when books just start and don’t tell you anything. If this was some sort of ploy to grab your attention and make you want to carry on reading, it didn’t work on me.

The story flips between the past (1999-2000) when the rape took place and the present (2015). Laura’s chapters are in past and present tense while Kit spends the majority of his chapters in present tense. Laura witnesses the rape about 60 pages in and then the trial starts on page 74. It didn’t finish until page 142. The whole thing was a bloody mess and did not interest me at all. Laura spent the whole time belittling Kit and acting all self righteous for no reason at all. She was just way too involved in this and I get she wants the rapist to be put in prison but the way she acts is so infuriating. She lets her emotions cloud her judgement way too much. When she is called as a witness and is being questioned about what she saw/heard she gets so wound up that she ends up lying. I’m not going to say what she lies about or what she says exactly because I would consider that a spoiler. It is quite a big part of Laura’s story. I just wanted to shake her for being so bloody stupid. She talks with the victim before, throughout and after the trial so straight away you can see she lied because she had made contact with the victim. Which she was explicitly told not to do. But she did it anyway. Then she lied to Kit about it as well but then gets mad when he lies to her. She annoys me.

Kit was the only character I kind of liked at the start but then his character was completely and utterly ruined. He was a really decent guy at the start but then at the end of the book he completely changes and becomes unrecognisable. There’s a big reveal at the end with his character and I was not expecting it. I didn’t like it because it just felt absolutely ridiculous to me. The whole plot of this book was ridiculous. I couldn’t take anything that happened seriously.

You can probably tell that I did not like a single character in this book, which probably tells me I shouldn’t have even bothered finishing it but I did. Every character in this book is a hypocrite, Laura especially. Laura is possibly the most infuriating character I have ever come across. I hated her so much. Right at the start of the book she lies in court about the rape and then she keeps this lie to herself. She then goes on to berate everyone else for lying and actually has the audacity to get angry at others for lying. She has literally been lying for fifteen years to her boyfriend and felt guilty about it. But none of that even matters apparently when she finds out he has been lying to her. How is she even surprised? They’ve had such a rubbish life, she must have known if she was keeping a secret then he would be too.

What annoyed me is that the rapist is at the start of the book then he disappears so you think that part is over. But then right at the end he makes a sudden appearance and I was just rolling my eyes so hard. Fifteen bloody years later he’s still angry about what happened. I just didn’t feel the need for him to come back, it all just felt so irrelevant. Honestly I was so done with this book. I didn’t like how it ended. It made me hate Laura even more, if that’s possible.

So this book was so dragged out and all over the place. Kit is an eclipse chaser, he likes to travel all over the world to watch an eclipse happening. The rape Laura witnesses take place at one of the eclipses. The story is split into five parts based on each part of an eclipse. I think the plot of the book is supposed to escalate as each part of the eclipse happens before it comes to an end. I think this could have been good but to me focusing the story on the different parts of an eclipse, just made the plot of the book seem like it was all over the place. Honestly I’m probably going to unhaul this book because I really don’t see the point of keeping it after how much I hated it. I am disappointed because I was really excited for this and was expecting it to be a five star read. I think it sounded better than it was to be honest. This is definitely disappointing eye candy.


Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books to Read as an Adult

Hey guys! This week is a pretty self explanatory topic! We can discuss what books we think deserve revisiting as we get older and childhood books that can still be appreciated when you are an adult! So lets get into it!

This group was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is hosted by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). If you want to participate, check out the link on Goodreads here.

1) Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Maybe an obvious choice for some but I actually read this when I was an adult. It was in 2015 and I was 19. I’d never read them before and my friend finally convinced me to after a lot of pleading and begging! It’s her favourite series but for some reason I never read them when I was a kid. I watched the films just never read the books. They are good but I wasn’t raving about them. I think they are better appreciated when you are younger and are opening up to the world of books. But they can still be read when you are an adult too as my friend still reads them a lot and loves them for sure!

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Books That Surprised Me!

Hey guys! Today I am doing something a little different… I am going to talk about books that I thought I wouldn’t like but actually ended up loving! These are books that either belong to a genre that I don’t normally read or heard bad things about which put me off reading the book. But in the end it didn’t really matter because I ended up loving them anyway! So lets get into it!

Me before you

1) Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

This book belongs to a genre that I really love to avoid and definitely do not read. Yes, that is correct. I am not a fan of romance books. I’m just not a very romantic person and reading about other people falling in love is just not something I want to do. The reason why I read Me Before You though is because my friend wrote a review for it on her blog and she made it sound really interesting. She asked me to read it and it was really cheap on Amazon so I just decided to buy it and give it a shot. I actually ended up really loving it and I ended up reading it really quickly because I was just so absorbed in the story. I loved all the characters and I was really not expecting the ending. This book was nothing like I thought it would be and it exceeded my expectations. I ended up watching the film and that was such a wonderful portrayal of the book, I loved it! I have the second book After You but I’m not sure if I’m going to read it or not because I’ve not heard great things about it. I am disappointed about that but to be honest I was happy with the first book being a standalone and didn’t see the reason for a second book. So I don’t know what I will do yet about that! I need someone to convince me to read it!

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ARC Review: The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen

20180213_210555Title: The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen
Pages: 384
Published by: Titan Books
Publication date: 27th February 2018
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback
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Fifteen years ago, teenager Ellery Hathaway was victim number seventeen in the grisly murder spree of serial killer Francis Michael Coben. She was the only one he captured who lived.

Now Coben is safely behind bars, and Ellery has a new identity in a sleepy town. But each July for the last three years, locals have been disappearing. Then Ellery receives strange messages hinting that the culprit knows exactly what happened to her all those years ago. Unable to raise the alarm without disclosing her past Ellery turns to the only person who might believe her story, her rescuer Agent Reed Markham. But can he help a second time, or like Ellery are there events in his past that are closer than he’d like to admit?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Disappointing Eye Candy

Hey guys! This weeks Top 5 Wednesday topic was a freebie! If you were bummed about missing out on a previous topic then this week is the perfect opportunity for you to go back and do that topic! I chose to do disappointing eye candy because the title immediately caught my attention and it looked like a funny topic to do. I always feel like I have been deceived and lied to when I buy a book with a pretty cover that turns out to be awful.

This group was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) and is hosted by Sam (ThoughtsOnTomes). If you want to participate, check out the link on Goodreads here.

Daughter of the Burning City1) Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

I actually think I love the cover of this just because it’s purple (that’s my favourite colour)! No but when I pulled this book out of the FairyLoot bag, it actually took my breath away. I was so in love with the cover and the quote on the front, “Wicked, wicked to the core, the city will burn forevermore.” Doesn’t that just make you feel all tingly? I was really intrigued by this and I love how the title font was curling with smoke like it had been set on fire. Unfortunately it was such a terrible book. The characters were awful, the story was so boring. I was expecting magic and awesome things instead I got a whiny teenager and a story that dragged on and on and on. Also, if the ending was supposed to be happy, it left me feeling sour. This was actually made the list for my disappointing books of 2017, it was that bad.

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March TBR! (+300 followers!!)

Hey guys! Before I get into this post, I just want to say thank you so much for 300 followers! That’s so crazy! I feel very lucky to have a blog that keeps growing day by day! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

This month I am going to try and read another four books. This seems to be what I am capable of/comfortable with reading each month and I am pretty happy with that as you all know by now! So here is my TBR for March:

I Remember You.jpg.size-2301) I Remember You by Elisabeth De Mariaffi

I requested an ARC of this from the publisher because it sounded like an awesome thriller. It takes place in the 1950s in New York which to me sounds fantastic. It really intrigued me that it’s post-war and I couldn’t resist asking for a copy of this. It sounds like a really good mystery/thriller. I have started it and so far I am really enjoying it but it is a little strange! It’s unlike any other book I have read before   and this sometimes makes it very jolting but it’s got me very intrigued! Also I think the cover is really awesome.



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February Wrap Up!

Hey guys! I am so happy with what I read this month, they were all such amazing books! I loved them all and it made this month so much better. I always feel really happy when I’ve finished a month and loved every book I’ve read. Slight problem though is that only two of them were on my February TBR. So I kind of failed at sticking to my TBR but I don’t think I ever succeed at that so it’s fine!

Bird Box1) Bird Box by Josh Malerman

I’ve already raved about this book in my review, so if you want my full thoughts definitely go check that out! To sum it up, I loved this book so freaking much! It was so good! It was heart pounding and so freaking creepy! Honestly it terrified me at times thinking about having to wear a blindfold every time you went outside and having to rely on your other senses. It scared me thinking about people going mad and killing others before killing themselves. Josh Malerman is such a talented writer, his writing actually set me on edge. If you are interested in reading books about an apocalypse, definitely pick this one up!!


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