Sunday, September 19, 2021

Review - What She Did

Title:  What She Did
Author Carla Kovach
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Psychological Thriller
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   256
Date of Publication:   September 20, 2021
My Rating:   4 Stars

Marissa lives alone in her tiny one-bed apartment. It’s quiet and safe; all she’s ever wanted since the night her mother was killed in front of her. But when the police knock on her door with the news that her last remaining family member has been murdered, she comes face to face with the trauma she has spent a lifetime running from.

A witness saw her car outside his house that day, but Marissa knows she’s innocent. She hasn’t seen her uncle in years and remembers going to bed in her own home that night. But she’s had blackouts before and can’t always trust her memory.

Days later, Marissa’s neighbour is found dead in his home with stab wounds all over his body, exactly like her uncle. It was no secret that Marissa didn’t get on with her neighbour, but she’d never want to see him hurt. How can she convince the police that she isn’t a killer? And, as the secrets from her past take hold of her present, is there anyone in her small world she can trust?

As you read, you’ll believe every word Marissa says. You’ll think you know where to draw the line between innocence and guilt. But blame is a dangerous thing, and nothing is ever what it seems…

Perfect for fans of C.L. Taylor, Teresa Driscoll and Lisa Jewell, What She Did is a dark and twisty crime thriller that will keep you up all night!


Marissa has led a quiet life since the murder of her mother when she was a young child. She was taken in by relatives after that tragedy. She was 
powerless as a child and is still powerless as an adult. Years later, Marissa gets notified that one of her previous guardians has been found dead. In fact, there is a witness that says that they saw Marissa's car in the area. Marissa knows she didn't kill anyone. Did she? But she cannot prove it. Her memory fails her, and for quite a specific reason.

Too add to that, recently Marissa has new neighbors, and one of them is soon found dead. Again, Marissa thinks that she couldn't have done it. Why have these two murders occurred and why is Marissa unable to trust her memory? What can Marissa do to prove to the police that she is not a killer? Or can she prove that she is not a killer, since her memory cannot be trusted?

What a conundrum to be sure! Is this book a case of an unreliable narrator? Meaning, can Marissa be trusted? Well, read this thrilling story by Carla Kovach and you just might find yourself flipping back and forth with wondering what is really going on. What a riveting read! I loved reading about someone that we are not sure could be trusted. 

This book definitely had some tough emotional moments concerning Marissa's experiences. Then there is the fact that all along Marissa is rather certain that she is being stalked. That definitely brings a creepy edge to what proved to be an utterly remarkable book. Oh, and the ending! Shocking beyond belief!

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Carla Kovach is a crime and horror author from Worcestershire. Her most popular work, the DI Gina Harte series is published by Bookouture. As well as books, she also writes stage and screenplays.

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