What You Did by Claire McGowan

Rating: 3 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: The story had two mysteries being revealed and solved; one was in the current time, and one had happened years ago during college.

How I Felt: This book was good, it just wasn’t as great as some of Claire McGowan’s other work. I enjoyed the story, I just didn’t get attached to any of them they way I wanted. I felt like some of the character’s reactions to situations were completely different than I would have expected. There were some situations that I felt came out of no where, and I was still trying to figure out what happened, and then we had moved on. Overall, I felt there were some scenes that could have been left out, and the story would have been just as good.

To Read or Not To Read: If you enjoy Claire McGowan, you’ll enjoy this book. If you like mystery, it’s got two mysteries to solve. I did not feel that it was suspenseful the way it was meant to be. I didn’t feel that I was on the edge of my seat at any time, I was just interested in the outcome during the entire book.


What’s This Book About Anyway?

A group of friends gather at the home of Ali and Mike to enjoy some food and fun, and a bit too much of the adult beverages. Late into the first night though, a rape has happened to Karen, one of the friends and she is accusing Mike, Ali’s husband. Everything in Ali’s life shifts. She has a job as a rape-victim advocate, and yet how does she not stand behind her husband? She is torn and terrified and does not know what to do next.

As the pieces begin to fit together about that night, questions begin to rise regarding a murder during their last dance at university. Where were each of the friends and is anyone’s memory not what it should be?

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The Other Wife by Claire McGowan

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The way the author wove so many secrets into the story was awesome. The twists and turns were done so that you were propelled through the book. Something would be revealed and I just had to keep turning the pages to see what was next.

The sections in the book are titled by the character’s name so you know who’s point of view you are reading and I really liked that. Each character’s POV was pretty to-the-point; there were not sections that were so fluffy and overly descriptive that I wanted to skim them *bonus points to the author*!!

How I Felt:

I was intrigued through this entire book. There were two specific parts where I actually got a little nervous, and looked around the room, which tells me that the author was able to spook me a bit! I didn’t feel connected to Suzi through most of the book, but about 3/4 of the way into the book, BAM, I was rooting for her! She had a moment where she decided to stand up for herself and take some responsibility, and it completely changed my opinion of her.

To Read or Not To Read:

This is a To Read for anyone who loves mystery, suspense, or thrillers!

Where to Find This Book:

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Suzi and her husband have recently moved into an extremely secluded cottage without neighbors. Suzi has cheated on her husband, and now she’s pregnant. And she sure is a nervous-nelly! The man she has had an affair with seems to have “ghosted” her, or dumped her, and she doesn’t know what to do. She stalks him online, on her phone, but she can’t find any news about him.

Nora moves in to the cottage across the road from Suzi and immediately befriends her. We soon realize that Nora seems to know more about Suzi than she is letting on. There are so many questions to answer in this book, and I felt that every one of them was answered in the end. This story takes you on a roller-coaster ride and does a great job tying up loose ends!

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC. I am leaving my review voluntarily.