Friday, September 24, 2021

Review: What She Did by Carla Kovach

What She Did
by Carla Kovach

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 236
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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…

Kritters Thoughts:  Marissa lives alone in her apartment and is still haunted by her memories of the night her mother was murdered in front of her and she has always looked over her shoulder for the killer who may want her dead too.  But when both her uncle and a frustrating neighbor are killed, she feels as though the killer is closing in and she can't trust anyone, but we, the reader, can we trust her?

I typically don't love reading books where I can't trust the words of the main character, so I was thankful that even in the synopsis we were advised that this main character may not be so trustworthy and we are getting the story through her tainted point of view.  It made me question her every word and that became a part of the reading experience.  

I did not predict the ending to this book and I am so glad I didn't catch it too early.  While the clues were given, I was so excited the way it unfolded and the author hit it right with this one.  I may have even shivered when the killer was unmasked - no spoiling, but the reveal was good!

My first Carla Kovach read, but mostly certainly not my last.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 116 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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