What You Did
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 mak...more
DNF @ 40% because it is equal parts boring, loaded with characters I just can't connect with, and somehow self-righteous.
It's hard to say exactly what it is but I just feel done.
Yay! I earned my unpopular reviewer position again! Feel free to t ...more
The premise for WHAT YOU DID sounded interesting, the execution was not. Billed as a psychological thriller WHAT YOU DID felt like neither. At least I didn’t waste money on it.
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 sequence of events on that fateful night that Ali's ...more
― Claire McGowan, What You Did
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 ...more
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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 ...more
Ali is stuck between a rock and a hard place as she wants to believe her husband is innocent but why would her friend lie?
The story goes back to when all the friends met at Oxford University, leading up to the ball whe ...more
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 incident tedious but then events on the following days p ...more
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 ...more
What You Did covers the lives of 6 college grads coming together for a 25 year weekend reunion. Also in my early 40s, stories like this appeal to me a great deal. These characters are my peers, so to speak. Unfortunately, all six (and their children) were intensely unlikable assholes. Worse, our main protagonist, Ali, might very well be the most ignorant main charac ...more
Three couples, actually 2 married couples and 2 singles, consume massive of quantities of wine with dinner. 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, accusing your husband of rape. Your ...more
And better still, I happened across ONE mistake, just one, the whole way through......let this be a sharp lesson to other authors, editors or proofreaders, it can be done. All one need ...more
Six university friends meet up for a reunion after twenty years. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before in another book review but it bears repeating : reunions are bad! Nothing ever goes the way you think it will. We’re not just talking about people changing, having nothing in common anymore, petty jealousies and the like. Oh no, this reunion right here is a total disaster!
It all starts when Karen staggers in from the garden, traumatised and bl ...more
Mostly I didn't enjoy the chaos of being inside our main character's head, as hit after hit pounded down on Ali's oddly uptight life: accusations of rape, confessions of adultery, financial issues, a murder attempt, a suicide attempt, terminations of life-long friendships.
Perhaps I wasn't all that patient or sympathetic with Ali's string of troubles was because she wasn't a very likable character? Maybe all people are th ...more
To call these people friends is a stretch. The story ...more
I really enjoyed What You Did. The book gave a fairly accurate representation of the horrors and difficulties of dealing with the aftermath of rape, both for the individual survivor, the accused and the family as well. The novel gives a voice to the voiceless. It also makes it easier to understand how and why these perverts can manipulate entire families and societies into believing they're good people. These life lessons are so relevant.
There wasn't anything that I really disliked ...more
A college reunion doesn't go exactly as planned. One attendee staggers into the host's house, bleeding, clothes torn, with an accusation that she was assaulted .... by the host's husband.
Who is lying? Who is telling the truth? Why would this woman accuse her husband for no reason at all? Who does she trust ...her husband.. or her best friend?
All this chaos brings the past to the forefront. There are darker memories too. Memories that have lain dormant for decades. Memories someone would kill to ...more
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 reading the synopsis and I do like psychological thr ...more
Sometimes there are books that are a simple, easy read but are amazing. This is one of those books. Every part of the book was relevant. It didn't start talking about things that weren't needed. It had the events of the party, the event of 1996 and everything that happened since the party. It was so easy to read and keep ...more
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