Who Do You Believe?
With chapters alternating from past to present, this is a story of Laura and Kit, a couple who were young and in love in the summer of 1999. Kit has always been an eclipse chaser, so he and Laura travel to a festival in Cornwall to see a total eclipse of the sun. It is also a first time that Laura’s witnessing an eclipse.
After the moment is over, Laura wanders about and then just happens to witness what looks like a rape. Although the accused man, Jamie Balcombe, swears it’s not what it appears, the victim, Beth Taylor, is practically mute and in shock. But Laura knows what she saw. After Jamie is arrested and later convicted, an appreciative Beth moves in on Laura and Kit’s lives. While showering them with gifts as a token of her gratitude, it isn’t long before Beth’s attitude changes. Kit wants Beth out of their lives, while Laura wants to see the best in her. However, Laura starts to see that Kit just might be right, so they go to great lengths to get away from Beth.
Fifteen years later, in 2015, Laura and Kit live in a new home and changed their names. Laura is pregnant and Kit is preparing for his trip to see a new eclipse. No matter, Beth couldn’t possibly find them. They’ve been living as carefully as possible and have agreed to not have any social media accounts. But why have they had to live this way? And why do they still feel as if they’re being watched?
As the story progresses, more secrets are revealed, including some unexpected twists.
I enjoyed this story because each chapter made me wonder whose side I was going to take. How far are people willing to go to save themselves? And who was actually telling the truth? With every surprise, I wasn’t quite sure whom to believe. As for Beth and Jamie, was it rape or consent? It gets interesting, in my opinion.
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He Said/She Said will be available on June 6, 2017.
*I received this copy from St. Martin’s Press, in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: Erin Kelly has worked as a freelance journalist for ten years. A regular contributor to the Daily Mail, Psychologies, Red, and Look, she has also written for Elle, Marie Claire, and Glamour. She also is the author of The Poison Tree and The Burning Air.