What She Did

- Carla Kovach

Goodreads Book Blurb:

If you think you did something terrible? Would you tell?

I live a small life: a one-bedroom apartment, clothes that help me blend into the background, just a few friends who don’t know my whole story. Everything has to be simple, ordered, in its place.

It gives me the illusion that I’m in control. Even though I know I never can be.

Twenty years ago, I lost everyone I ever loved, and they say it was all my fault.

I’ve tried to make sure I could never hurt anyone again, but it’s hard to live any kind of life without letting anyone get close to me.

And then come the sirens; the knock at the door.

If I’d done something terrible, I would know, wouldn’t I?


My Review:

***Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.

not my cup of tea:
What She Did was so predictable that within a few chapters, I was pretty sure where it was going. This took a lot of the anticipation and thrill out of it, which is not ideal for a psychological thriller. If it hadn’t been so short, I’m not sure I would have finished it.

I did empathise with Marissa – you would have to be a complete robot not to. Her early life was traumatic, and she went through so many horrific experiences. Despite this, I still didn’t like her as a character or as a person. Her personality was clinging and annoying, making the narrative feel repetitive almost from the beginning, which only got worse as I kept reading.

I appreciated the attempt to take a relatively standard psychological thriller recipe and make it darker and more sadistic. Unfortunately, the attempt felt clumsy and forced because every twist was easy to see from a long way off and revealed no new significant information. As a result, the pace of the narrative felt flat, and I didn’t feel the suspense that was intended and really necessary to make What She Did worth reading.

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