What Have You Doneby Published 01 Oct 2018
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Family is not what it seems in this raw, edgy thriller that New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline says "you won't be able to put down."
When a mutilated body is found hanging in a seedy motel in Philadelphia, forensics specialist Liam Dwyer assumes the crime scene will be business as usual. Instead, the victim turns out to be a woman he'd had an affair with before breaking it off to save his marriage. But there's a bigger problem: Liam has no memory of where he was or what he did on the night of the murder.
Panicked, Liam turns to his brother, Sean, a homicide detective. Sean has his back, but incriminating evidence keeps piling up. From fingerprints to DNA, everything points to Liam, who must race against time and his department to uncover the truth - even if that truth is his own guilt. Yet as he digs deeper, dark secrets come to light, and Liam begins to suspect the killer might actually be Sean ...
When the smoke clears in this harrowing family drama, who will be left standing?
"What Have You Done" Reviews
I'm glad to see that so many people loved this book. I was not one of them.
The writing itself is good. I wasn't wowed, but I was entertained, at first.
The premise intrigued me, but I couldn't buy into the way it was handled. We have two seasoned members of the police force who immediately decide to lie to and withhold information from their fellow investigators about details of a murder. One even tells the other that they can't trust the cops, who are supposedly professionals and their friends, to do their job correctly. The conversation sounded far more like something you'd expect from seasoned criminals or inner city youth than from two straight-laced cops who've never broken the law. From there, it just became more absurd as the two went totally rogue.
Before the 20% mark on my Kindle edition, I already knew who did it and why. There were no surprises. The characters and the plot are predictable stereotypes.
We also have scenes that go back in time to the brothers' childhood. The transitions aren't marked, and it's often initially unclear as to where we are in the story.
But that's all my opinion, as any review is. You might love the story.
*This was my Kindle First pick for September.*
This was a really good book. It was for me a bit slow starting out, but it didn't take long for me to be pulled into this thriller. Brothers who have been there for each other all their lives; through some wicked stuff as children. A mother who tried to kill them, and a father who died when they were young. Both, Liam and Sean worked for the police department which is an environment where they both felt supported by fellow officers, loved their jobs, and then the unbelievable happens! Liam's mistress is found dead in a seedy hotel room and Liam can't remember what happened that night. Sean and the brother's mentor and fellow officer, Don, try and figure out what happened because no way could Liam be responsible and then we as readers start sliding down this slippery slope of secrets, lies, betrayal that are all a part of this twisted thrill ride! Explosive! Intriguing!
An edgy crime thriller reminiscent of a CSI episode, What Have You Done is an explosive debut by Matthew Farrell. The novel is a cross between a domestic suspense and a hard-bitten crime story, opening with a mutilated body investigated by forensics specialist Liam Dwyer. But soon Liam realizes he knows the victim. And he has no memory of the night she was murdered.
As he’s always done in times of trial, Liam turns to his big brother Sean, a brash, bold, charismatic homicide detective. But as evidence stacks up against him, Liam begins to suspect Sean is somehow involved.
Exploring themes of family, trust and identity, this is a great plot-driven novel you’ll easily plough through and enjoy.
The premise was good, but the book didn’t live up to the promise.
I got this book as Kindle First Reads and glad I got it for free.
I knew I was going to have a problem as soon as the two main characters went "rogue." I just don't like those kinds of stories, and the fact that they were able to do it so easily and completely, and then drag others into it (and they easily fell into it as well) totally turned me off.
In addition, there were all the other moral flaws and bad behavior (I don’t want to give away any secrets). Even with their bad childhood, neither Sean nor Liam was likable, and I had no one to root for.
At 18% I knew what the twist was going to be, so I didn't even have the pleasure of being surprised.
The confrontation/confession was the best part of the book for me--as it was like more successful mystery books. It was faced paced and drew me in a little.
But it was too little, too late for me.
I haven’t been having good luck with my Kindle First Reads. Predictable, formulaic, and other than taking place in Philly where I always feel nostalgic when reading, I didn’t like this one.