What have you done

What Have You Done

What Have You Done by Matthew Farrell

You think you know your family well and then something happens that will challenge that image of you hold so dear.

Blurb from Amazon

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 I think

When I started this book, I didn’t think it was that promising. Then, I changed my view a little when I finished it in one day! I got to give the author credit for keeping me turning the page (or tapping the screen.) In the end, I gave it a four star, three-and-a-half, if it exists.

Characters – this is where I have some trouble with.

  • Their childhood trauma of Sean and Liam should be a big flag in their employment application as law enforcement officers. Somehow, Sean became a homicide detective and Liam a forensics specialist.
  • And then, Liam contemplated divorce but didn’t want to abandon Vanessa. Instead, he sought an extra-marital affair. Somehow, he believed that it would be better than a divorce. I can only conclude that we don’t hold the same moral values.
  • There was no backstory or any indication that Vanessa was mentally or psychologically impaired. Dealing with her mother’s illness and her inability to have children typically would lead to depression, not so much homicidal, especially in such a calculated fashion. (I should know–I’ve personal experience with miscarriages and infertility.) As for reacting to her husband’s infidelity, I still believe a divorce would have been sufficient. Now, perhaps all these factors together would cause her psyche to “snap,” although I would think that would likely be a sudden “explosion,” rather than a meticulous planning of this revenge of this magnitude.

However, I know that not many people care so much about these things that irk me. After all, It is a thrill ride indeed.

Have you read it? What do you think?

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