Title: What Did I Do?
Author: Jessica Jarlvi
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Page Count: 272
My rating: 2 stars
About the book:
The new heart-pounding psychological thriller from the bestselling author of When I Wake Up.
Kristin is on the run. From her life. From herself.
When two murders are committed in Chicago, a witch-hunt ensues, and Kristin quickly finds herself at the centre of it.
The problem is she isn’t sure of what she did or didn’t do. Armed with her husband’s life-insurance pay out, she decides to run away to Sweden to start her life over.
But it’s not that easy to escape the past. Kristin grows increasingly confused, tormented by visions of her brother drowning, her husband gasping for air, and her mother’s twisted, broken limbs draped across the stairs of her childhood home. Whatever she’s done, someone is on her tail, wanting her to pay…
Could she be a killer and not even remember?
What Did I Do? by Jessica Jarlvi is one of those books that the cover just screamed read me when I saw it and having read another book by the author it wasn’t a hard choice to pick this one up. Jessica’s first book When I Wake Up was one that I remember being easily pulled into so I was hoping for more of the same, unfortunately that wasn’t the case this time.
The story in here is told from multiple points of view including an unknown voice and varying timelines in the beginning. Sometimes this type of set up is one that works wonderfully and others not so much. This time was definitely a not so much example because everything seemed to be so scattered and disconnected it can be easily confusing and hard for readers to connect to.
Kristin was a character that seemed to be hiding from her past and on the run with a new boyfriend in Sweden. She jumpy and skittish so we know that there is something in her past that she’s avoiding. Unknown phone callers and glimpses of things that make her think she’s been found have her on edge. Meanwhile Frank has lost a son and is searching his missing daughter, Sophia. And then an unknown female is forced into prostitution and desperate to escape.
The question for the reader becomes how do all of these varying stories connect and will they all tie together by the end. The problem though is maintaining interest to make any sort of ending actually exciting by the time it comes and for me that is where it failed. Hopefully though in the author’s next attempt her book will go back to the instantly engaging type of story I’d found in the first.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Born in Sweden, Jessica moved to London before her career in publishing, editing and PR took her to the USA and the Middle East. Having also completed her Masters in Creative Writing and taught journalism to undergraduate students, writing is her true passion. Jessica won a Montegrappa First Fiction award at the Emirates Festival of Literature in 2016, catching the eye of her agent Luigi Bonomi. Having since secured a multiple book deal, Jessica, known by friends to be infectiously positive, balances her time between her writing and her growing young family.