What You Did by Claire McGowan – Book Review

What You Did by Claire McGowan – Book Review



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.



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 and prejudices are brought into the open…..I have to say I didn’t really find any of the characters particularly likeable…but I think that’s the point…so you can look at the story objectively and not side with anyone….it deals with tough issues so is not a light read, but is definitely compelling…..

Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 


About Claire McGowan:

Claire McGowan

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.



Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/inkstainsclaire

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClaireMcGowanAuthor/

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

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/What-You-Did-Claire-McGowan/dp/1542091330/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1561547824&sr=8-1

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

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/What-You-Did-Claire-McGowan/9781542007269?ref=grid-view&qid=1561548006871&sr=1-2

Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Claire-McGowan/What-You-Did/23919655




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