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What You Did

Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt, Karen Cass
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
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Summary

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 realizes there are darker memories too. Memories that have lain dormant for decades. Memories someone would kill to protect.

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

Critic reviews

“A brilliant, breathless thriller that kept me guessing to the last shocking page…” (Erin Kelly, Sunday Times best-selling author of He Said/She Said)

“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)

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Disappointed as had a very intriguing premise

It sounded great ... but then the choice of main voice over Pearl Hewitt, for me spoiled the story as I thought she seemed far too old and staid for the character she was portraying. The result was all I could picture was the group of friends who seemed interesting and vibrant and then a much older, stodgy and dull main character.
Then the plot .... hmm ,
I loved the set up of old palls coming together for a house party but for me it just fell apart and though the teasers for a possible past unpunished crime related to the death of a beautiful, brilliant girl who they all went to university with was intriguing, I was just put off by the way the main plot seemed to be falling to pieces and the unappealing and miscast narrator just made me give up so I am returning.
Sad as I feel it could have been great if main story was a bit less predictable plotted - I just thought the first twist after the attack was so cliched and was afraid the rest might be a similar letdown - and if there had been an engaging narrator who sounded more age appropriate and as if she fitted in with the description of the other friends it could have been great.
However with so many great tightly woven and cleverly suspenseful thrillers out there I just decided to not waste any more time on this one which I was not enjoying listening to and felt would never deliver the promise of its summary.

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Disappointed

I was looking forward to this, and wanted to like it - but just couldn’t. Unpleasant characters - the worst, self-absorbed, status-obsessed kind of Oxbridge characters (we aren’t all like that) - plus no humour or other narrative interest to distract from the remarkably stupid, selfish characters. I really wonder why I listened to the end. I feel cheated of a credit.

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Mavis

This book was most enjoyable, however the narrator sounds like Les Dennis doing his Mavis from Coronation Street impersonation, ‘I don’t really know.’ That is all. Next.

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Such a good ending

It's in the last hour of this audiobook that you think you've worked out what's going on but it's still got more to give. Definitely worth it!

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Sleep came very easy

My first audio book This book was so boring plot so obivious Sorry to have bought it Teach me for next time

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Excellent nail biting story

Compelling from the off. Brilliant nail biting story with a brilliant ending. I would strongly recommend.

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brilliant

I could not put this book down, it was a very good story line, with believable characters and situations! I didn't see the ending coming! I would strongly recommend this book for anyone who loves to get to the end of a story to find out who really done the crime!! the narrator was also brilliant and go into the feel of everything, well done.

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Somewhat Predictable

I was hoping this would be a book of unexpected discovery, a few twists and turns but sadly after the first few chapters it became more and more predictable. Only one character held any real hidden depth, Jodie. But the 'culprit' was quite obvious based on the evidence in the those first chapters. Still worth the read.

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  • Blue Zion
  • 13-08-19

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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  • Gretchen SLP
  • 05-01-20

💐👛💍Annoyingly Materialistic Heroine👠👜🕶🦚🥀

This is just an average thriller, and it’s true, as several other reviewers have noted, that the main character is annoyingly focused on material wealth and material success to the exclusion of almost all else. Her priorities have been so out of whack for so long that it amounts almost to willful blindness. But if you can look past that, it’s a decent thriller. I did correctly guess the identity of the villain about two-thirds of the way through the book, however.
Grade: C+/B-
Bechdel test: I can’t remember any conversation between two women that did not focus on a man at least tangentially, so possible fail.

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  • Dark City
  • 06-08-19

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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  • Tanya B
  • 11-08-19

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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  • Doris A. Wright
  • 14-08-19

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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  • mercyjam317
  • 24-03-20

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
  • 23-02-20

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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  • Staci
  • 18-02-20

unsure about this book

this book started off decent. however, one on the main characters was annoying until the end. the twist was just ok not suspenseful. dissappointed overall.

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  • Lenamm
  • 10-02-20

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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  • dtamayob
  • 26-08-19

A slow and tragic drama

I see some people loved What You Did, but for me it was only a 3 star read.

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 that neurotic and annoying inside their heads? I don't know. All I do know is that I didn't enjoy being stuck in the whirlpool while Ali's life circled the drain.

In any case, the premise of the novel was interesting, but the execution felt far from "thrilling" and more like I was merely an observer while so very much tragic and slow drama played out for a few hundred pages. I felt sorry for Ali, but I couldn't identify with her.

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