What if all your neighbours’ secrets landed in a diary on your doorstep?
What if the woman who gave it to you was murdered by one of the people in the diary?
What if the police asked if you knew anything? Would you hand over the book of secrets? Or … would you try to find out what everyone had done?
I Know What You’ve Done is the unputdownable thriller from the Queen of the Big Reveal.
Well this had us all guessing! And getting it wrong over and over. What a corker! Who can we trust? Who do we believe is telling the truth? No-one probably.
The story revolves around a diary left with Rae by her distinctly unfriendly neighbour Priscilla, after she’s been bonked on the head by person or persons unknown. The diary is full of secrets about some of the residents of the street, so who is implicated and who had a motive to try and kill Priscilla, and not just because she’s a snooty cow. And if you were Rae, would you hand the diary over to the police or try and read it first? Well of course you’d hand it over, but this is fiction and there wouldn’t be a story if she did.
I know Brighton has its seedier side (what town doesn’t), but the innocently-named Acacia Villas is a real den of iniquity. All those crims in one tree-lined, residential street. Makes me start wondering about my own neighbours (she says shutting the curtains and hiding the diary).
Rae is fleeing from something that happened in London. She’s married to Clark, whose demented ex, Lilly, is trying to get him back. Bryony is married to Grayson, but he’s vile and we all hate him almost as much as she does. And Dunstan happens to be the Police Officer who arrived on the scene when Priscilla collapsed on Rae’s doorstep. The story unfolds from different characters’ points of view, which makes it more interesting if initially slightly confusing.
And when you get the ‘final’ twist, there’s another to follow. So just how far would you go to keep your secrets?
Many thanks to The Pigeonhole, the author and my fellow Pigeons for making this such an enjoyable read.
About the Author
“Hello, my name’s Dorothy Koomson and I’ll try to make this bit that’s all about me as interesting as possible.
“I wrote my first novel called There’s A Thin Line Between Love And Hate when I was 13. I used to write a chapter every night then pass it around to my fellow convent school pupils every morning, and they seemed to love it.
“I grew up in London and then grew up again in Leeds when I went to university. I eventually returned to London to study for my masters degree and stayed put for the following years. I took up various temping jobs and eventually got my big break writing, editing and subbing for various women’s magazines and national papers.
“Fiction and storytelling were still a HUGE passion of mine and I continued to write short stories and novels every spare moment that I got. In 2001 I had the idea for The Cupid Effect and my career as a published novelist began. And it’s been fantastic. In 2006, third novel, My Best Friend’s Girl was published. It was incredibly successful – selling nearly 90,000 copies within its first few weeks on sale. Six weeks later, it was selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Reads Book Club and the book went on to sell over 500,000 copies. Oh, there I go again, this is meant to be about me, not my novels.
“Okay, back to me. I recently spent two years living in Sydney Australia, and now I’m back in England. But I can’t say for how long I’ll be in the UK for because I’ve been well and truly bitten by the travel bug.”