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Publisher's Summary

“A brilliant, breathless thriller that kept me guessing to the last shocking page.” - Erin Kelly, Sunday Times bestselling author of He Said/She Said

An Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestseller.

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.

©2019 by Claire McGowan. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

What the critics say

“Hitting the rare sweet spot between a satisfying read and a real page turner, this brilliantly written book deserves to fly high.” (Cass Green, best-selling author of In a Cottage In a Wood

What listeners say about What You Did

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Could have been much better

The plot was interesting but the major issue with this book is that it failed to establish any likable characters and the ending seemed very rushed. Also the natators voice was not suited for this type of genre in my opinion.

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  • Blue Zion
  • 2019-08-13

Insipid characters - awful story telling

I'm not sure where to start with this one. I feel like I should get a few start for being able to finish it. The protagonist is one of the most unlikable characters I've ever read about in a book. That in and of itself is not the problem - the problem is that I don't think it was the author's intent. As her family and best friend go through the unthinkable, she worries about her beautiful home and her beautiful things, and that's just a start.

The author wants us to believe that Ali is a feminist. In fact she works as an advocate for a rape center. Yet, she says things like, "I imagine rape might be a common place thing for this court, while in the previous breath stating that she had been in that same court many times advocating for victims. We also learn that she has no knowledge of family finances...she just spends as it comes in. Did I mention how absolutely helpless, and lacking common sense she is as well? For an Oxford educated woman, she is written as lacking simple intelligence. I also think the author should look up the definition of feminist.

The story is predictable, convoluted, and written without the skill of having had the decency to offer a red herring. The performance was just ok - I didn't expect it to be stellar with the awful writing. Found this on the Amazon best seller list.

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  • mercyjam317
  • 2020-03-24

Great Mystery!

I loved the premise and it didn’t turn out like I thought it would. I could hardly stop listening to it. It was really good!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-02-10

Great book!

Great book! I could probably identify more with Ali since it wasn't long ago that I found out my husband of 7 years had been seeing my friend for at least two of those years. I know how I felt when my world fell apart.

If I'm going to like a book or not depends on my own experiences in life. I recently read a book I first read 30 years ago. This time I didn't like the book at all.

Ali is living with her family in England so I don't understand people complaining about the English accent of the woman reading the book!

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  • Dark City
  • 2019-08-06

Not a thriller, just irritating

The internal dialogue of the protagonist was irritating and hard to bear most of the time. The story started out interesting and the only way I got through all of the self-doubt and indecisiveness of Ali is that I truly wanted to find out whodunit. Unfortunately, the story gets tied up in a neat little bow in the final chapters, with a very bad attempt at "the twist". Oh yeah, and let's throw in another "twist" in the epilogue. And finally, the "message" that this book tried hard to ride the plot on was completely lost on me. The power, money, and privilege, or lack thereof, depending on the character really added nothing to the storyline. Pass this one by, unless this is the only book available and you already read the dosage directions on your prescription bottle.

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  • DAW
  • 2019-08-14

England's Desperate Housewives & Husband's

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. I thought the book was okay for what it was. I was hoping for a better kindle first choice. The premise of the book sounded really interesting as described. I know plenty of people will love this book but for me it was just okay. I didn’t real like any of the characters. The narrator's heavy English accent I found to be quite distracting. The writing is not too bad but this is not a psychological thriller. It's a boring soap opera with the usual lies, betrayals, cheating, drinking until passed out, annoying children, rape, and a 25 year old murder. By process of elimination I guessed the rapist and murderer halfway through the book. I wouldn't recommend this book.

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  • Lena
  • 2020-08-23

Wonderful

Loved it. Great story and twist! A must read for anyone who likes suspense books.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-02-23

Genius

Wow what a book, loved it. What a creative mind to come up with a book so unique. I could of never guessed or imagined all the twist and turns. We can always judge others but truly never know what we would do if the same thing happen to us and our family and friends.

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  • Tanya B
  • 2019-08-11

Not a good choice.

There was not a single redeemable character. Everyone was horrible. What do you do when there is nothing good about a book ?

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  • A Marin Reader
  • 2021-05-16

Good, but not really a mystery

Fairly good story. More of a your friends aren’t who you think they are story. Just not what I consider a thriller/mystery and it was listed as such.

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  • M A
  • 2021-05-16

Enjoyed story

This was a pretty good story. I enjoyed it overall. It was not as predictable as I thought from the beginning and that mystery held my interest.

The narrator was okay. I was getting annoyed at her sighs every other line by the middle. The sighs made the characters seem uninterested in what was happening. I understand the main character was aloof but not uninterested. Aside from that, I was able to enjoy the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-04-01

Don’t waste your time or money

Terrible. Do not waste your time or money on this book. Really, it was terrible.