What You Didby Published 1 Aug 2019
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A vicious assault. A devastating accusation. Who should she trust, her husband or her best friend?
It was supposed to be the perfect reunion: six university friends together again after twenty years. Host Ali finally has the life she always wanted, a career she can be proud of and a wonderful family with her college boyfriend, now husband. But that night her best friend makes an accusation so shocking that nothing will ever be the same again.
When Karen staggers in from the garden, bleeding and traumatised, she claims that she has been assaulted—by Ali’s husband, Mike. Ali must make a split-second decision: who should she believe? Her horrified husband, or her best friend? With Mike offering a very different version of events, Ali knows one of them is lying—but which? And why?
When the ensuing chaos forces her to re-examine the golden era the group shared at university, Ali realises there are darker memories too. Memories that have lain dormant for decades. Memories someone would kill to protect.
"What You Did" Reviews
Six college friends gather for a reunion 25 years later. When one of the women stumbles inside after being raped, it puts relationships to the test and challenges who can be trusted.
The characters are six so-called friends – Ali, Mike, Karen, Bill, Callum, and Jodi. Ali and Mike are married and hosting the reunion at their home. Karen is Ali’s best friend, and the rape victim. Bill has been living away, but is back after breaking up with his girlfriend. Callum and Jodi are married and expecting their first child.
Told from Ali’s point of view. When Karen claims Mike raped her, Ali has to make a decision to stand by her husband or her best friend. As the story progresses, more secrets are revealed. Some secrets are newer ones, but some go back to their college days.
This book was hard for me to get into, mainly because the characters were all unlikable people. Some of the things that happen were hard to believe, especially where Ali was concerned. Her naive behavior was difficult to read, and I would have preferred a stronger female protagonist.
A domestic thriller with a lot of drama. The story was interesting, but the characters left a lot to be desired.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5
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What You Did by Claire McGowan is the ultimate page-turner that will keep you glued to the pages until the very last word. It is also not going to be for the faint of heart (see triggers for rape).
What it's about: Ali decides to put together a reunion with her friends from university after twenty years. The six of them meet at Ali's home where she lives with her college boyfriend turned husband, and their two kids - Cassie and Benjamin. But what is supposed to be a fun reunion turns into a nightmare when Ali's best friend Karen stumbles inside from the garden saying Ali's husband Mike just sexually assaulted her. Mike claims it didn't happen, but Karen is sure it did. Ali doesn't know who to believe, and after things from their past start coming to light, things will never be the same again.
I really, thoroughly enjoyed What You Did and I didn't want to put it down. The chapters were all pretty short, and that combined with different character viewpoints really kept me guessing and speeding through it. I really didn't like Mike, especially as the book goes on, but I found myself liking Ali a lot, even as she does things that are really dumb. I don't know what I would do if my husband were accused of sexual assault, but I would like to think that I would still believe my best friend if she said he did it. In other words, this book is really makes you think.
What You Did felt like it had a little bit of everything and wasn't strictly just about sexual assault even though that was definitely a main theme. There is also a murder mystery aspect, and I really had no idea what was going to happen. McGowan manages to make you doubt every person in the book, and completely kept me guessing. I felt like there was something going on throughout the entire book which also made it a fast read for me. The end managed to give me chills because it was so unexpected and that is something I love in a book.
Song/s the book brought to mind: Criminal by ZZ Ward.
Final Thought: I wasn't really sure what to expect from What You Did, but I am so glad I read it. It looks like the reviews for this one are all over the place so I'm glad I liked it as much as I did. There wasn't really anything wrong with it at all, and I really enjoyed McGowan's writing style. Reading this makes me want to read more from her ASAP!
Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours and the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book!
Sigh. I am sorry. I hate giving two stars. And for a book I loved in the beginning.
This will teach me..Dita did not like it and I should go with Dita's recommendations since she has not steered me wrong yet.
So really I have nobody to blame but my little ole self.
So..this book has a GREAT premise. It really does. A woman (Allie) has a reunion of sorts with some old college friends. While at the reunion, her closest buddy from college, Karen is attacked and raped. Staggering back to the house screaming, Karen names her rapist. It is Allie's husband.
What a great start! I have read a few books like this and was eager to read this one. But alas..
So what my issues are..there is to much going on for me. Side plots develop. There is a new tragedy on every page. It seems each chapter holds some new plot twist. Nothing is remotely realistic and beyond Karen and Bill, none of the characters are developed. What do I mean by that?
Allie is the stereotypical hysterical housewife . The husband and accused rapist is hardly in the book. The third woman, whose name I cannot remember ,has no personality. Martha, the stunning platinum blonde who was murdered years ago..well..she has no personality either. We never even get to really MEET her in the flashbacks. She is known to the reader only as a hot platinum blonde who is desired by everyone. That's it.
There are to many subjects tackled..bullying, attempted suicide, rape, abuse, parental difficulties, medical emergencies, attempted stabbing, financial issues, adultery.
Are you getting all this? The book wasn't even that long. Certainly not long enough to cover all this ground. I wish the whole book had ONLY centered on whether the husband was guilty or innocent because it is a great premise and the beginning of this book was quite strong.
There was so much it was exhausting and I took to skimming at around 50 percent.
We, the readers, are not privy to some of the biggest plot developments. There is no Court Hearing for Bail for the husband.
There is no introduction of Martha as I mentioned.
We do not see the husband the husband wake up from his coma. We are just told he did.
We do not see the reunion of Allie and Bill. Why not? One of the only characters I liked..Bill..and after he walks out on Allie we never hear from him again although we are told he is back in the picture.
So I am really sorry but I just did not love this. I see some people did and that's great. But I like my domestic Noir to get into the characters' heads. That did not happen here at all.
Also..not the writer's fault..one my all time favorite books deals with exactly the same subject. It's an older book and is in my top 10 of all time so anything with the same subject matter is going to be compared to that one.
If you want to read a book dealing with the same subject matter, the name of that book is The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomsen.
This book was not BAD. But no way was it for me.
2.5 stars for predictability
As another reader stated earlier, the Amazon first reads are not usually great books so I didn’t have high expectations for this one and in that light, I wasn’t disappointed and could actually give this 3 stars for a fast read. However, I hated so many of the characters, guessed the killer/rapist half way through and didn’t understand people motivations.
Why did Mike end up with Ali over Karen, couldn’t Karen, instead of Ali, have lied for him after Martha’s murder? Why did Karen flunk her finals and never get a degree? That wasn’t ever explained other than that she and Mike were sleeping together. Huh? He managed to graduate... And didn’t he realize Jake was his son- why didn’t he help Karen out with some money, apparently she needed it, even if it was just as a friend.. Mike and Ali apparently had enough to lend to Callum.
And what about Bill, he really couldn’t find lasting happiness because he still carried a torch for Ali 25 years later? And why did he, , when he had been so disappointed in her lying at uni to protect Mike. And based on that, why would he be so surprised, and disappointed, that she’d throw Karen under the bus and supported Mike after the rape? And hate that it is implied he’s come back to her at the end and all will be happy.
And what with the rich kids, especially the boys, always being the spoiled, amoral antagonist in books these days- it’s such a cliche, even Aaron was a schmuck. Jack, who steals a knife and stabs his father (or was he going after Cassie? That is never really explained...) is really a decent kid, because he’s poor and misunderstood.
If I read about one more person ‘tutting’ I would have screamed. And my last bitch here, couldn’t anyone have anything better to say about poor Martha other than that she was so lovely? Is that why her death was such a tragedy? Did she have any other characteristics o5er than white blond hair and a beautiful face?
As mentioned, don’t expect much from an Amazon First Read so in that sense was pleasantly surprised that the book kept me reading till late in the night, but more like a big piece of supermarket cake, low expectations that tastes good while going down but really leaves you a bit mad at yourself afterwards for once again taking the easy way and not for just splurging on a real treat...
2.5 no no and again noooo, I did my best to be open minded, empathize with the characters, dealing with tremendous issues like delusions, rape, lies, but they are acting like idiots, especially the heroine might have taken out of the rest of her brain cells and hanged it to the coat rack before getting involved in this book as a protagonist of this story! Come on girl, wake up, okay if you don’t, I’m going to sleep, zzzzzz Stars…
Yay! I earned my unpopular reviewer position again! Feel free to throw your tomatoes and toilet papering my house (I hope you don’t know where I live) I was guaranteed my place in the minority right now which was not entertaining. I felt weird but this is story of my life. I'm one of those people who didn't like Forest Gump!( What? Everybody liked it! Damn it! I did it again!)
Most people loved this book and I did my best but NO IT DIDN’T WORK FOR ME!
I’m holding my phone and still hearing this blaring voice message: The characters I was looking for CANNOT BE REACHED, RESONATED, EMPHATHIZED at this moment.
I know the chapters are short but pacing is problem for me. They bored me, exhausted me. They really tried my patience. But they failed! But I felt like I was stuck at the same place, trapped in a book glued to my hands and I wanted rip it off like a Band Aid.
I want to yell at the characters, “OMG, please can’t you see what’s happening under your nose? Are you blind?”
I thought something might be wrong with me because so many of my friends enjoyed this book. So I poured some wine and stuffed some of favorite snacks to continue to read in a better mood. Nope! Mood didn’t change. I already got two pounds. I felt terrible and left the book to hit the gym!
I never thought I could use this term, because I always pushed myself harder to finish what I’ve started. But this time, I couldn’t keep my promises. And “DNF”@ %50.
I read too many thrillers lately and so I started to expect more compelling and smartly written stories that capture my mind from the first pages. But unfortunately it didn’t happen this time.
So the reviewer dropped the mic and put the book down and left the building to get a better book!