Are you still with me? Because if you’ve been here all along, this is the fourth book we’ve read together! Give yourself some props – that’s like, a semi-impressive accomplishment.
If you’re reading this and you’re all like, “huh? You’re making zero sense buddy,” then you should def go read this post before continuing on. It’ll all start to come full circle, I swear.
In April we read What Have You Done by Matthew Farrell.
I chose this book because, well, quite frankly, Amazon suggested it to me based off my previous purchases.
And I feel like Amazon knows me pretty well.
DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER UNLESS YOU’VE FINISHED THE BOOK!
Haven’t read the book yet? Buy it here.
I want to get something off my chest right away: I hated this book.
It was honestly just not my style. Like, at all. I’m not crazy about novels that are very procedural and in depth in how the investigation is laid out. I don’t really care how the intricacies of a police department work, or a forensics lab, for that matter. I just want to follow some clues to a conclusion without all the police banter along the way.
I hated this book so much that I read it in five days, only because I was determined to finish it quickly so I could move on to another book.
The plot was great, the characters were complex and the clues were there all along. I just couldn’t get past how procedural it felt.
Did you like that style of writing?
One of my good friends, who I roped into joining this club, said she LOVED that. So I know I’m definitely not the reigning authority on this.
I will say, I did not see that ending coming at all – I felt like the wife was in on it some how, some way, but I couldn’t quite figure it out. I never thought she’d be having an affair with Sean, let alone both be in on the murder.
Were you surprised by the ending?
I will say that I have the utmost respect for this author, with it being his first published novel. He wrote a very endearing “thank you” to his family at the end of the novel, which really spoke to me as a writer myself. He commented on how grateful he was for their unwavering support throughout the writing process, even when he had no idea if he’d ever become published.
Would you read another title by this author?
What were your overall thoughts on the novel? Let me know in the comments!
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