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What Have You Done

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  9,946 Ratings  ·  664 Reviews
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 befo
Kindle Edition, 312 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Thomas & Mercer (first published 2018)
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Darcia Helle
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,
Kathi Defranc
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Thriller About Brothers Who Have Been Through It All..

I was very impressed by this book by a new author, great story that keeps you turning pages quickly!! An excellent story of what happens in the mind when stressed for years, no childhood as one boy spends it taking care of his brother. Sean has always been the older brother, taking care of Liam for years, after their father dies and mother loses her mind..He made sure to work, have money to help Liam go through school, gets on the
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
I love when books cross genre lines a bit, while this was firmly a thriller it was also part domestic suspense and also had the feel of a CSI episode. It was also extremely exciting and super fast paced making for an entertaining read that gripped me the entire time.

Memory loss is not exactly a new premise when it comes to thrillers but what made this one stand out for me was that every theory I would come up with was almost immediately debunked as soon as I thought of it. This was a clever tool
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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
Jeri Paull
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quick, entertaining whodunit. The writing was decent, character development was ok, and the murder mystery unfolded at a nice pace.
Richard Vernon
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Trashy crime novel. The author used lots of short chapters to structure the book - and unfortunately this was symptomatic of a lack of overall depth to the characterisation, plot and dialogue.

We are expected to believe that the police wouldn't have tied together a series of brutal murders with quite distinct characteristics - and then the plot gets really silly, layering on additional murders and affairs that eventually becomes a bit daft.

The dialogue is dreadful at times - sounding way too shal
Christina McDonald
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
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 evi
Sherri Thacker
This is my first book by Matthew Farrell and I liked it so much, I can’t wait to read more books by this author. This book kept me on the edge of my seat until the end!! Gripping throughout with a shocking twist at the end.
Heather Baez
Sep 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
I've never chosen a Kindle First read because I have a ton of books on my Kindle and nothing really jumped out at me. But I was in a reading slump and was looking for a fast, engaging read. I did end up reading this quickly, mostly because I read the last 2/3 of the book half-assed, skimming the page because I just didn't care.

This book is NOT good. The writing, especially in the beginning was so ... basic - as if this was a college writing assignment. But a thought provoking, twisty mystery it
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I believe this was a debut by the author and I really enjoyed it for the most part. I thought it was well written and the writing was tight and held my attention. The novel is a cross between a domestic suspense and a hard-bitten crime story which has Philadelphia as the backdrop. This is an intense read and I enjoyed reading about parts of Philadelphia that I am familiar with.
I did enjoy the epilogue. A solid 4. star from me.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Takes the thrill out of thriller. Found myself quickly not caring about the characters, which is a cardinal sin leading to another cardinal sin--boredom.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good CSI thriller

Loved this book, my pick of the kindle First Reads for September. This is a great suspense thriller, the characters are engaging, the story keeps moving along.

This book would make a great movie, highly recommend.
Seth Johnson
Sep 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is the most painful-to-read book I’ve ever finished.

I’ve discarded others to be sure. This one wasn’t poorly written, but the characters weren’t adequately developed enough (ever) to explain the choices they made. The protagonist wasn’t at all likable and the plot twists were as absurd as they were predictable. I think the author captures it best with this line: “I was a cliché. A goddamned Lifetime movie.”
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
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.
Tony Healey
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What Have You Done is a lean, mean thrill-ride of a book that grabs hold, refusing to let go until the last bittersweet pages. I am mightily impressed by Matthew Farrell’s first novel, and can’t wait to see what he cooks up next. Fans of Meg Gardiner and Mark Edwards will find a lot to love between the covers of What Have You Done.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
really enjoyed the first 3/4 of this book. The writing was good, the plot was spellbinding and the police procedures were believable. The main characters were great but the supporting characters lacked depth. The final 1/4 was a disappointment. I kept waiting for the ah ha moment that every good mystery has. I thought the ending was transparent, predictable and definitely dragged out too long. The epilogue left me wondering if the guard was giving false messages to the visitor??
Tina Bailey
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Worth reading!

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 happe
Emily Wilkinson
Full review coming to this Friday, but until then I give it 3.5 ⭐— it was a bit predictable at times, but overall I enjoyed it and there were a few twists that I didn’t see coming! The last 20% of the book was definitely more fast paced and suspenseful! ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
My 2.5 Stars Review To Balance The 5 Stars

I managed to finish this book by skimming through most of it, and I’ll soon explain why. I bumped up my rating to 3 stars, because it’s a well-written book.
If you aren’t a manic police procedural reader, you’ll probably enjoy this book’s twists and turns—including a final corker that I didn’t expect. If you’re a police procedural aficionado and are comfortable with rogue cops, you’ll probably enjoy this book.
Here’s what bothered me: A homicide detective
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gut twister

Never knew what was going to happen next. This kept twisting and turning. Which brother was the killer, and who was going to pay the ultimate price to get to the truth. I really enjoyed reading this.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, crime
This book is a tough one for me to rate since it is the author's first book and he is so excited to have had it published. The premise was such a good one! However, I felt as though I had just watched a soap opera when I finished reading it. Or a Lifetime movie. You know ... where the characters use stilted language and do ridiculous things? I really feel that the author shows promise, however.
Marc Leonard
Sep 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
I had to stop reading this at 35% of the way through because 1. it's not well written which is almost forgivable but 2. the story fundamentally makes no sense. Characters continuously take actions that are totally unjustifiable to the point that it's not so much character development as people with names doing random things to move the plot forward. I rarely quit on a book but couldn't take it any more. Yeesh.
Art Redding
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok

In an attempt to write a murder mystery, the author puts together a convoluted plot and a crazy cast of characters to come up with a twisted climax. If you can’t find anything else to read...
Danielle Girard
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I set out to make this my weekend book. Started it last Thursday and finished it Friday night! I kept thinking I knew who did it... and I did but, oh boy, no I did not!! A very fun ride!
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liam Dwyer is a forensics specialist working for the Philadelphia Police Department. His day starts off with him waking in a bathtub filled with water, completely unable to remember how he got there. His wife tells him that when she woke in the middle of the night she found him sleeping on the couch and he assumes that his memory loss is just the result of his night out with his brother. Liam has been called to the crime scene of the homicide department’s latest case where he finds a mutilated b ...more
April Aksoy
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall, this book was definitely a page-turner. The plot was one I haven't read before, which is why I was enticed in the first place. I got it for free from the Amazon First Reads.

Honestly, it was just okay. The book started off at a moderate pace, but picked up about half way through. It was VERY cliche at times, which got old fast. The writing style was fine, besides the cliches. One such being (not a spoiler) two detectives: one short and balding, and one tall and muscular - I mean, come o
Diane D White
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Stick Around for the Second Half

I almost chucked this book before halfway through it. I'd already guessed who was framing Liam and why. The writing wasn't good enough to keep riding a road so disappointingly devoid of the surprise twists promised by many reviewers.

A day or two later I decided to flip through more pages just in case Farrell had something interesting up his sleeve after all. After a little while of speed reading I found myself slowing down. Some intrigue returned. I read the last
Heather LitChick4ever
I found this novel to be predictable and I had it figured out early on and even though this was the case, I found the writing did keep me engaged. Knowing the killers identity did spoil some of the suspense factor for me. There were a few twists, but these were held back until the last 25-30% of the book. The book alternates POV between multiple characters and is written in short chapters which makes for quick reading. If you enjoy accurate crime fiction or suspense/thrillers, then this book mig ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ku, audible
I rarely do not finish books but I have to admit that in the first third of this book, I contemplated it. However, having said that, it really did pick up - in pace and in interest level. By the last half of the story, I was quite engrossed in the tale of these two brothers and the mystery surrounding the murders of women who had touched their lives in one way or another.

Solid 3-3.5 star read for me.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Underwhelming. Was this really a New York Times best seller? The writing was pretty simplistic. I knew who the murderer was as within the first quarter of the book. I only finished it because I was traveling and too tired to challenge my mind with something more interesting. I’m still surprised at myself that I stuck with it and actually read it to the end. Don’t bother. I only bought it because it was one of those Prime deals (in other words, cheap) so it was a good way to check out an unknown ...more
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