She Said Three Said by David B Lyons #BookReview #SheSaidThreeSaid #CrimeThriller @TheOpenAuthor #onceuponatimebookblog

Today I am reviewing She Said Three Said by David B Lyons. This was released on the 31st of January, published by Amazon Publishing.

Book Blurb

Become a juror in the most high-profile court case of the decade

…all three men got her drunk, led her to a hotel room and took advantage of her.

…she was a willing participant and consented to sex with each of them.

But after five-weeks of listening to all of the evidence and all of the arguments in a celebrity rape trial that has gripped an entire nation, the jury sit down to begin their deliberations.

Only they don’t know who to believe…

…will you?

She Said, Three Said is one of the most provocative and thought-provoking novels of the modern era.

Some books get under your skin and stay with you long after you have read the final page. She Said Three Said, is definitely one of those books for me! The last two paragraphs to the ending of the story, are up there as the most chilling I have read and they have constantly been running through my mind in the weeks since I have finished the book! It is a first-class read that is raw, real, harrowing and thought-provoking. This one, like me, I’m sure will have you reading this in one sitting, unable to tear yourself away from it!

She Said Three Said is a powerful and compelling story that is very relevant in today’s society as the Me 2 movement has intensified. David starts off by taking the reader into the deliberations of the jury, as they examine the evidence and piece together the night in question to reach their verdict. The story then alternates from the perspectives of the four main protagonists, Sabrina, Jason, Zach and Li, as each gives us their version of what happened that night. There is also a secondary story attached that relates to an event from the past when the men were teenagers that compliments and ties into the main story well.

The main players in the story are all extremely well developed and we are given great insight into who they are, as they all take the reader hostage. It feels like you are in the story sitting in front of them as each is desperately trying to explain their version of events to get you on their side. I also enjoyed how throughout the chapters we also get to know each of the jurors and we are given an inside look at what takes place behind the scenes and how they reach their verdict.

A new author to me, David has done an outstanding job with this story and how it is structured. Although the themes used throughout are tough and are sometimes hard to read, David has handled them sensitively and extremely well. His writing is engaging and he is a master at building the intensity to keep the reader on the edge of their seat. It is a fast-paced story that had me gripped right from the start and racing through the pages, demanding that I continue to see how it was all going to unfold.

Make sure you also have a look at the video using the link provided at the end of the book where David answers readers questions and gives his thoughts on the story and the after-effects of how he thinks the outcome impacted each of the characters. It is an interesting take and well worth the watch. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to read and review She Said Three Said which is definitely a contender to be included in my top 20 books of 2020 and one that I highly recommend you add to your reading lists for this year!

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.

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