Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy, representing Bookouture, for inviting me on the Blog Tour for What He Did by J. G. Roberts
Your husband’s car crash wasn’t an accident…
Maddy Shaw learns the life-shattering news in the most horrific way: live on air. As the shaky mobile phone recording pans over the terrible crash, she recognises her husband Simon’s car in the wreckage… He is critically injured, and she rushes to his side.
Detective Rachel Hart knows how it feels to have a loved one’s life hanging in the balance, and hurries to support her friend. Maddy is distraught about her husband’s accident, and Rachel decides to investigate. It’s not her case, but if she can give her friend answers, she will. But she soon realises Simon didn’t crash because he was distracted, or because a tyre blew. Someone made this happen. Someone who wants Simon dead…
After the discovery of a threatening letter, buried in Simon’s diary, Maddy has to ask how well she knew her husband. Then a new victim is found – an old friend of Simon’s, a man he hasn’t seen in years. It seems a dark secret from their past has finally come to light… The killer has a list of targets, and they are dying one by one.
Rachel must race against time to protect her friend and find the murderer, before another life is taken. But however fast she runs, it seems the killer is always one step ahead. And Maddy must decide if she wants the truth – even if it puts her in the killer’s path…
A twisty and breath-taking thriller for fans of Rachel Abbott, Cara Hunter and Angela Marsons.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
When a woman approaches a man working in the greenhouses of the botanical gardens in South West London, it seems harmless but it is anything but.
What begins as a pretty typical day for the Shaw family soon turns into a day that will dramatically change their lives. Maddie is a TV newsreader with the first Breaking News she has to read out, that of the motorway been closed because of a traffic accident. When she has time to glance at the pictures that are being shown she recognises the badly damaged car as that of her husband Simon. Simon has been rushed to hospital where after surgery he has been put into an induced coma to hopefully recover. While Simon lays oblivious to what is going on his past is rapidly catching up with him. He is the lucky one, his friends and colleagues from another life are not being so fortunate.
Detective Rachel Hart is a personal friend of Maddie and tries on the quiet to find out more about the accident her husband has been in. It soon turns into a case she is asked to head as dots begin to link together from what had been thought of as other random deaths. This develops into a brilliant storyline that I hadn’t even second-guessed at. Something that at times has been quite topical in news, but not to this extent.
There is also a secondary storyline, which I believe began to unfold in the first book of this series that revolves around Detective Rachel Hart. I enjoyed this side of the story just as much. I really liked Rachel who at times struggled with how much she could tell Maddie and how much she had to keep just to the investigation. So much I hadn’t seen coming, a lot like real life in that respect. The last few chapters were tremendously exciting in every way possible. Very much looking forward to the next book in this series.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Julia was born in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, and began her career as a professional singer/dancer. This enabled her to travel the world in her late teens storing up experiences she has since included in her writing. Following roles as s hostess on The Price is Right and a member of the Beadle’s About ‘hit squad’ in the 1980s, she became a TV Presenter and filmed features for Sky Sports before launching the QVC shopping channel in 1993 where she still presents today. Having always wanted to write, she penned her first book, a memoir sold on QVC, in 2013 and has since. written four full-length novels, two novellas and several short stories.