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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 befo
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Kindle Edition, 312 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Thomas & Mercer (first published 2018)
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j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
THREE STARS
I’ve been really lucky several times this year when gambling on “little” novels that sound like they are psycho-twisted with all the elements of a surprise hit (Jane Doe or In the Vines FIVE STARS, BABY!!!).

Unfortunately, despite the great title, What Have You Done did not wow me. I think it will find its audience, but it won’t be a great crossover blockbuster.

This is the story of two grown brothers, both currently working in law enforcement. The brothers experienced a horrific even
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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,
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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
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Amy
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
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Patricia
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
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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
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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
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Lisa-Books Smiles
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars! I love this book.
Misty
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
This novel is many things. Unfortunately, “good” isn’t one of them, and I find myself confounded at the more generous ratings. I tried to find some redeeming qualities to temper my disappointment but came up empty. What Have You Done manages to regurgitate every suspense-fiction cliche through the actions of unlikeable characters who spew tired dialogue that overflows with repetitive word choices. And if you think that sentence was bad, after reading this novel, you will find it literary genius ...more
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
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Rick
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.
Joann
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.
Suze
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.”
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.
Lea
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.
Stefanie
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What Have You Done, by Matthew Farrell, was a Kindle First pick of mine. I love a good crime thriller and this one was riveting!
This is the first book I’ve read of Farrell’s and I really enjoyed his style of writing. It was gripping and full of twists. I enjoyed the main characters Liam and his brother Sean. An unbreakable bond between them after suffering a traumatic childhood.
Dead body is found, murdered in a gruesome fashion and everything is pinning Liam to the murder. Sadly, he can remember
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Val
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.
Mary Davidson
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this one grabs your attention from the start as you get to read about the back-story of a man being drowned by his mother. he wakes up a mess, not knowing where he had been the night before. Guess you can start to get the idea from there. This is definitely one i would recommend.
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Three plus stars for this debut mystery/thriller. I read a lot of mystery and suspense and I've started playing a little game with myself. When I think I have figured out the who done it or other major plot twists i jot down my predictions on a post it not or whatever I'm using for a book mark at the moment. I made an earlier guess but didn't write it down because I'd have had to go find a pencil and something to write on but by page 89 I had nailed the plot. Not that it's a bad read by any mean ...more
Erth
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
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Lindsey
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-first
3.5 Stars

Great writing and story. Deducted a star because I had the killer figured out before 50%

Def worth the read!
Brandie Lea Slicer
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good thriller

I enjoyed reading this mystery with a lot of twists and turns and police procedures. Family ties run deep in this one along with secrets. This one will keep you up at night!
Ramona
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.
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.
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!
Emily Wilkinson (Life with Emily)
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. Liam immediately turns to his homicide detective brother, Sean, to help him get to the bottom of this murder and figure out ...more
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