What You Did – Claire McGowan / #Review #BlogTour @damppebbles @inkstainsclaire @AmazonPub @EmmaFinnigan


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.



My review

What you did it what we all would like to know, but who is that you??? Because it seems that more than one person has something to hide.

A reunion with friends. That has to be a happy occasion, right? Some food, some drinks, reminiscing, laughter, joy but the evening ends in a disaster. One person is accused and it seems like everything points in his direction. But even the best evidence can be deceptive.

The author keeps throwing curveballs and you are gobsmacked by the revelations. When everything is in the open or that’s what I thought at least, the author has one last trump card up her sleeve.

Still waters do run deep …

It’s true that sometimes you are the last to know, but are you really or did you just not want to see the truth …???

This is a book I really enjoyed. 4 stars.

Thank you, Claire McGowan and Damp Pebbles.


About the author

Born in Northern Ireland in 1981, Claire McGowan studied in Oxford then lived overseas in France and China. She is the author of standalone thriller The Fall, and the Paula Maguire series, including The Lost, The Dead Ground, The Silent Dead, A Savage Hunger, Blood Tide, and The Killing House. The Paula Maguire series was optioned by the BBC in 2014. A ten-part radio drama written by Claire was broadcast on Radio 4 in early 2019, and as a screenwriter she was selected as the 2017/18 Nickelodeon International Writing Fellow.

Claire set up the Crime Thriller Writing MA at City University, London, and has also taught for the Arvon Foundation, Guardian Masterclasses and at many literary festivals.

As Eva Woods, she has published four women’s fiction novels, including the bestselling How To Be Happy.


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Website: https://www.ink-stains.co.uk/

Purchase Links

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-You-Did-Claire-McGowan/dp/1542007267/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1561547467&sr=8-2

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Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/what-you-did/claire-mcgowan/9781542091336

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