What You Did by Claire McGowan

What You Did

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 ...


Details What You Did

TitleWhat You Did
ISBN9781542007269
Author
Release DateAug 1st, 2019
PublisherThomas & Mercer
LanguageEnglish
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Mystery Thriller
Rating

Reviews What You Did

  • Sarah
    2019-07-03
    Rape. Affairs. Domestic abuse. This novel covers a range of sensitive issues but does so in a manner that does not make the reader feel uncomfortable. Instead, McGowan creates a thrilling, pulsating read that establishes a world that is becoming increasingly claustrophobic for the protagonist, Ali.I was immediately hooked by this book. The writer cleverly creates a non-linear narrative that means we, as readers, do not follow the chronological se...
  • Suze
    2019-07-01
    What You DidThis is my First Read pick for July, it's listed as a psychological thriller - I think it should be called a psychological mystery.Basically six friends get together to reminisce after meeting at the university 25 years ago. It turns into a he said, she said situation - which is linked to an event from the distant past also. I love psychological thrillers, so I was disappointed in this book - although it is well written.
  • Barbara
    2019-07-03
    When six old college friends get together 25-years after they met, it's fair to say their lives have taken quite different directions. Mike and Ali have been married seemingly forever. He's a successful lawyer, she's involved with a rape victim support charity and they have two perfect children and a house that's got the potential to be everything Ali ever wanted. Callum and Jodi are finally having the baby they've waited so long for. Ali's best ...
  • Ilene
    2019-07-06
    2.5 stars for predictabilityAs 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, ...
  • Joanne Robertson
    2019-07-08
    Ooooo I REALLY loved this one! I’d been looking forward to it so much as well that it is such a relief to be able to say just how much I did enjoy it! Although maybe “enjoy” is too light and fluffy a word to use as this psychological thriller has a very dark, violent storyline that some may struggle to cope with due to its theme of rape. So I think Claire McGowan did an excellent job of keeping her plot tightly woven and her readers committ...
  • Yvonne
    2019-07-03
    3.5 stars rounded up to 4Ali is a feminist; a women’s advocate; chair of the local women’s refuge centre. She understands the abuse of women; the ramifications and disbelief that accompany a rape allegation - particularly when the victim is drunk and knows her attacker. But when the victim is Ali’s best friend, Karen, and the accused is Ali’s husband, Mike- her children and friends are witnesses, and her home is the crime scene - Ali’s ...
  • Lynda Kelly
    2019-07-05
    Well, this Kindle First book was an easy 5* !! Full of twists and secrets 'n' lies, just my sort of story. I was totally engrossed. I've never happened upon this author before, not quite sure why. Her Paula Maguire series sounds really good as well so I've put the first one of those into my wishlist a bit sharpish.And better still, I happened across ONE mistake, just one, the whole way through......let this be a sharp lesson to other authors, edi...
  • Barbara
    2019-07-12
    I am a big fan of Clare McGowan's Paula McGuire series. It is a police procedural set in McGowan's native Northern Ireland. I read this free Kindle edition because I'm a fan. But unlike her Paula McGuire series, this book lacked well developed characters. Overall, there was nothing to like or admire about any of them with maybe the exception of Bill (Bilwar). It is a thriller that centers on a group of Oxford graduates, 25 years since they met.To...
  • M
    2019-07-02
    Not a thriller. Well-written women’s psychological fiction with unlikeable characters. This is Amazon’s “psychological thriller” offering for July First Reads, but it is not a thriller, no matter that its pacing is good. In addition to a he-said/she-said rape accusation, there is a mystery—although the details are annoyingly hinted about for half the book, before it’s finally revealed. The storyline focuses on three forty-three yr. ol...
  • Misfits farm
    2019-07-08
    Six friends have kept in touch since their university days. It is now twenty five years since those hallowed days and they get together at Ali and Mike’s house for a celebration. Mike is a corporate lawyer and works all hours god sends and a few more besides to keep them in the style they are accustomed to. Ali volunteers for a women’s shelter and has become a local media star by doing this.After the meal and a few drinks most of the crowd ha...
  • Darcia Helle
    2019-07-10
    What is with this trend of unlikable characters? One or two is expected, but I don't want to spend my leisure time with an entire cast of intolerable people. I didn't like or empathize with one character here.I'm giving bonus points to the author for the way she handled the topic of rape. Her portrayal of the psychological aftermath and the topic as a whole was the only saving grace for me.Unfortunately, Ali, who is supposed to be a well known "f...
  • Ceecee
    2019-07-10
    3 - 4 stars. This is one of two Amazon Prime First Reads for July and it seems to have divided people! I thought it was a bit like a driver who accelerates and decelerates for no apparent reason on a perfectly straight road! At times the book had some pace and then it slowed down and I lost some interest. The premise concerned who raped Karen on an old friends from university reunion weekend. I found their conversations on the night of the incide...
  • Tansy
    2019-07-06
    Oh what a weekendWhat started out to be a good weekend reunion turned into a disaster very quickly. It's amazing how well your think you know someone. Only for them to surprise you over and over again. Don't want to say much about the book because I don't want to spoil anything for you. I hate the reviews that spoil a book for you by putting too much in their reviews. This is a roller coaster of a ride. Even if you do want to slap certain people ...
  • Lynne
    2019-07-04
    My Kindle First choice for this month left me with mixed feelings. This book had some back and forth between present day and 25 years ago when the group of friends was in university. I realized at the end that the character development was lacking. Although most things were heard from Al/Alision/Ali's point of view, the ultimate conclusion was a letdown. Although these "friends" were getting together for a reunion of sorts, it was amazing how sel...
  • Lel Budge
    2019-07-11
    Six college friends have a reunion 25 years later. When the alcohol flows they begin to reminisce but then Karen, battered and bruised, says Mike, married to Ali, raped her……..Ali’s life starts to unravel…..who does she believe…?The story jumps between the past and the present to gradually build a picture of what had happened …..just who is telling the truth ?What follows is a story of lies, denials and betrayals. Where old grievances...
  • Susan Swiderski
    2019-07-09
    This was one of my two (Count 'em! TWO!) Amazon First Reads selections for July. Although described as a psychological thriller, I think it falls more into the mystery category than a thriller. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Many other stories have been told based on the scenario of a reunion of old friends, and although most of those other stories also end up revealing old secrets and creating new disasters, THIS reunion raises the se...
  • Heather Harris
    2019-07-07
    I grabbed What You Did as one of the two (!) Amazon First Reads in July. And, for once, I read it right away. And I could NOT put it down (evidenced by the fact that I read an actual book in six days, while packing for a move, and with two kids under 3)! I absolutely loved this book. I figured out one of the big "gotchas", but didn't see the ending coming from a mile a way. I love books like this and will recommend it over and over again. Althoug...
  • Lel Budge
    2019-07-11
    Six college friends have a reunion 25 years later. When the alcohol flows they begin to reminisce but then Karen, battered and bruised, says Mike, married to Ali, raped her……..Ali’s life starts to unravel…..who does she believe…?The story jumps between the past and the present to gradually build a picture of what had happened …..just who is telling the truth ?What follows is a story of lies, denials and betrayals. Where old grievances...
  • Fred Shaw
    2019-07-08
    You and your husband plan a party in your home for your best college buddies 25 years later, and no one could have prepared you for what comes next, or what is revealed. Three couples, actually 2 married couples and 2 singles, consume massive of quantities of wine. A few pass out, others stopped drinking and went to bed. Then a scream pierces the night and your best friend comes in the house from the backyard, bloodied and hysterical, and accuses...
  • Char
    2019-07-09
    This was one of my Amazon First Reads picks for the month of July.Amazon First Reads are always hit and miss for me. Some have been pretty good. Others? Not so much. This one fell into the latter category. No matter what I did, I could not get into it. The writing was terrible, the dialogue was bad and I disliked every single character almost instantly. Not a likeable one in the bunch. I picked it because I thought it sounded interesting after re...
  • carrie Grass
    2019-07-05
    Suspenseful What You Did is a book that can’t be put down once it’s started. You’re constantly trying to figure out “who did it”. As Ali grapples with the current situation, she’s forced to look back on her decisions she made as a college student. Told mostly from Ali’s point of view, you’re given glimpses of others’ versions of how the events happened. It keeps your attention, but wraps up quickly leaving a lot of unanswered qu...
  • Diane D White
    2019-07-06
    Complicated But EnjoyableThe plot of What You Did is spun just so, with many elements dangling in fragile plausibility. It requires a bit of willing credulity for the reader to fully enjoy McGowan's tale, but you'll be rewarded with a surprise twist at the ending. The NEXT to last person I would have suspected in McGowan's cast of six longtime friends turns out to be the most chillingly duplicitous of all, and that's saying a lot. I would hate to...
  • LLA
    2019-07-09
    This was one of Amazon’s Prime Reading picks for July. It was the “psychological thriller” pick, and while I might quibble over that categorization (it’s more of a family drama? Friend drama?) I did find it to be more polished than many of the free Amazon book offerings.It’s well paced, and a quick read. The plot twists hold up under inspection. But I’m not sure for whom we, the reader, are supposed to root. Each of the main character...
  • M. Turner
    2019-07-04
    A Troubling taleThis held my interest to the last, but as in many other books and films the preponderance of drugs and alcohol in the lives of almost all the characters is very troubling. The need to satisfy sexual desire even when involving the husband of a best friend and the failure of the friend to observe its possibility is equally disturbing--although believable. The lives of teenagers Cassie and Jake are changed for the worst. Perhaps pare...
  • Cathy
    2019-07-08
    What You Did is an above average Kindle First Read, but overall an average read. Passable if unremarkable writing and morally deplorable characters (by & large). But oh man, that hook. Not really giving anything away here, as it is disclosed in first few pages, but plot kicks off with a woman's best friend accusing the woman's husband of rape. It's a deceptively simple premise that grows more complicated as the book progresses. One of those grabb...
  • Janet
    2019-07-04
    Truly enjoyed this one! Written well, showing the complexities of people - we are all mixtures of both light and dark, aren't we? Her characters were all varying shades of gray. I didn't guess the ending and there were so many twists, I kept thinking, "What could possibly happen next?" Also, thinking as if I were the characters, I kept wondering if I would've made the same choices (hopefully NOT, in most cases)! Got this one as one of my free Ama...
  • Marsha
    2019-07-12
    What You Did by Claire McGowanThis is a really great mystery. A 25 year college reunion brings back old tensions and new heartache. It is well written, flipping between POVs in such a unique way. I did unravel it early on, but it was fascinating to watch it all come together for the characters. My one small complaint was that it ended too soon. It felt like McGowan turned on the speed at the finish line and the scenery flashed by too quickly. Aft...
  • Hannah Shattock
    2019-07-11
    Picked this up on 'Amazon First Reads'...and found it absolutely brilliant. Spine chilling and a shocking thriller, it kept me guessing for the majority of the book. This book sent me on a roller coaster of emotion and tells a story where every pages is a new reveal. It deals with difficult topics and shows the characters as very raw and vulnerable. It's heavy on character exploration and the motive behind actions. It made me think a lot and wond...
  • Hana Fincher
    2019-07-10
    Great story once you get absorbed I really enjoyed this book, it sucks you in until you can’t put it down. One tiny irritation was the reference to the smells of different flowers. Several times references were made to plants that couldn’t be flowering at the same time. A small thing but mixing up spring and summer flowering plants really niggled me at the start of the book, it concerned me the rest would not be very good and not researched w...