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What You Did

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“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.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"I absolutely devoured What You Did. Claire McGowan has created the ultimate moral dilemma in this timely and gripping psychological thriller. I can’t recommend it highly enough." - Jenny Blackhurst

"Absorbing, timely, and beautifully written, What You Did is a superior psychological thriller from a major talent." - Mark Edwards

"Hitting the rare sweet spot between a satisfying read and a real page turner, this brilliantly written book deserves to fly high." - Cass Green

"McGowan delivers a hugely relevant novel for the post #MeToo era and a searing indictment of how far we still have to go. A story that is like a fine wine laced with poison—it’ll slay you." - L V Hay

"A darkly addictive thriller, packed with secrets and lies, and a twist that knocked me sideways!" - Jane Isaac

"Brilliant, the last shocking page." - Erin Kelly

"Utterly compulsive. It’s the way that McGowan makes you realize that the real horror can come from the people you hold closest that makes this totally compelling." - William Shaw

"Claire McGowan has pulled off that rare thing—a thrilling suspense novel that not only keeps the reader constantly guessing but also features authentic and engaging characters." - A K Turner

"What You Did is a triumph, a gripping story of the secrets and lies that can underpin even the closest friendships. Put some time aside—this is one you’ll want to read in a single sitting." - Kevin Wignall

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