***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.