What We Did: A Novel

What We Did: A Novel

Christobel Kent / Sep 18, 2019

What We Did A Novel He stole her childhood she ll take his future Something happened she didn t know what something spun the world turning back back too fast She would be sick Bridget put out a h

  • Title: What We Did: A Novel
  • Author: Christobel Kent
  • ISBN: What We Did
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  • Page: 365
  • Format: Hardcover
  • He stole her childhood she ll take his future Something happened, she didn t know what, something spun, the world turning, back, back, too fast She would be sick Bridget put out a hand to steady herself against the wall.Bridget has a secret one she keeps from everyone, even her husband One that threatens to explode when her childhood music teacher, Carmichael, wal He stole her childhood she ll take his future Something happened, she didn t know what, something spun, the world turning, back, back, too fast She would be sick Bridget put out a hand to steady herself against the wall.Bridget has a secret one she keeps from everyone, even her husband One that threatens to explode when her childhood music teacher, Carmichael, walks into her dress shop With him is a young girl on the cusp of adulthood, fresh faced and pretty She reminds Bridget of herself at that age, na ve and vulnerable.Bridget wants him away away from her, away from that girl But Carmichael won t leave her alone, won t stop stalking her And Bridget s not a little girl any When he pushes her too far, she snaps But what she thought was a decisive act only unravels insidious threats than she could have ever imagined and from which no one is safe, not even her family.The bestselling British author Christobel Kent has written yet another thrilling page turner with a twisted, riveting conclusion What We Did is a nightmarish, impossible to put down tale of the secrets we keep from our families, of chilling childhood abuse, and of long awaited retribution Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 320 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by Sarah Crichton Books first published May 17th 2018 More Details Original Title What We Did ISBN 0374288755 ISBN13 9780374288754 Other Editions 10 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about What We Did, please sign up

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characters that I just could not relate to The story was good, although it covers some tough issues Bridget has been hiding a secret from everybody in her life, including her husband She has moved on with her life until one d What We Did by Christobel Kent was the first book that I have read by this author that I have heard so much about I was really looking forward to reading this one but unfortunately for me it did not live up to expectations I found it to be very slow paced and long with characters that I just could not relate to The story was good, although it covers some tough issues Bridget has been hiding a secret from everybody in her life, including her husband She has moved on with her life until one day her past comes back to haunt her Her childhood music teacher walks into her small dress shop with a young girl on his arm and she is transported back to her youth and the things that he put her through He will not leave her alone, continuing to taunt her, until one day he pushes too far and she snaps Her life is then changed again forever and she is holding onto secrets A twisted story of secrets and childhood abuse, which at times is hard to read.Thanks to Farrar, Straus and Girous, Sarah Cricton Books for my advanced copy of this book to read All opinions are my own and are in no way biased flag 11 likesLike see review Nov 11, 2018 Bandit rated it really liked it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Some men deserve to be killed Anthony Carmichael, the deplorable disgusting degenerate child molester is a shining example So killed he gets, by one of the kids whose lives he marred so brutally, but who survived the abuse and went on to have a picturesque life in a small town Surprisingly easy to kill, especially considering that the murderess is a mild mannered shop owner, made all the mild mannered by being so very British It s the getting away with it portion that s going to be a ch Some men deserve to be killed Anthony Carmichael, the deplorable disgusting degenerate child molester is a shining example So killed he gets, by one of the kids whose lives he marred so brutally, but who survived the abuse and went on to have a picturesque life in a small town Surprisingly easy to kill, especially considering that the murderess is a mild mannered shop owner, made all the mild mannered by being so very British It s the getting away with it portion that s going to be a challenge Even if she does have a perfect spouse based it seems on the author s own one and a perfect 16 year old son and a younger sister who may be not quite perfect, conventionally speaking, but is very eager and willing to help And then there s a reporter, so obsessed with Carmichael s case for 15 years and so desperately in need of a huge story that she might be prepared to forgo a scruple or two So that s the basic plot of this novel, not so much a crime drama as a drama about a crime, driven by an ever increasing disquiet mixed with an ever increasing suspense Told in a very detailed manner And I mean very detailed It s easily the most noticeable thing about this book It s like reading a real time account told in a meticulously play by play fashion And I love details, to e they bring the story to life and lend it much needed verisimilitude, but here the technique might have possibly just maybe slightly overused The details are exhaustive But fortuitously not exhausting, because the book still works and well, making for an immersive engaging read, made all the so by its lovely Britishness Not just their accents in my mind, but also the deliciously polite reserve, whether it s a meaningless social interaction of burying a body You just can t beat good manners Not even with a giant festive log and that s a murder weapon reference So yes, I enjoyed this book very much, read it in one prolonged sitting and was thoroughly entertained, even the all too quaint ending was nice Turns out the author has quite a few books under her literary belt and this is the first time I m finding out about her, with this novel as a pretty auspicious introduction, so that s worth looking up For fans of British flavored slow boiling dramatic psychological suspense this is just the thing Recommended Thanks Netgalley flag 9 likesLike see review Sep 09, 2018 Shelley rated it it was ok review of another edition 2.5 Stars It wasn t about sex, after all It was about hurting someone It was about power.This is another of those psychological thrillers that isn t about who did it or what is the twisty ending This is a very slow burner of a story and that isn t always a good thing It is a very character driven novel and I liked that about it, I also loved the writing itself I know this is a clich but Christobel Kent writes with such beautiful prose, I was pleasantly surprised to find that in a psychologi 2.5 Stars It wasn t about sex, after all It was about hurting someone It was about power.This is another of those psychological thrillers that isn t about who did it or what is the twisty ending This is a very slow burner of a story and that isn t always a good thing It is a very character driven novel and I liked that about it, I also loved the writing itself I know this is a clich but Christobel Kent writes with such beautiful prose, I was pleasantly surprised to find that in a psychological thriller The character of Bridget thought herself as weak, but knowing what she had been through she came off as a very strong woman, to me This story clearly shows the after effects of sexual trauma on young girl How, even as a grown woman, she suffers from mental illness, anorexia and PTSD With the metoo movement and what recently happened the Ariana Grande this is a really timely read.I was drawn into the story at the start I knew that something bad had happened to Bridget in the past but I wasn t exactly sure what the extent of it was and I was anxious to see this story unfold How does anyone cope with being sexually abused as a child We don t know what goes on behind closed doors or in someone else s mind, and this was a description of what it may be like I felt so bad for Bridget and all she had gone through as a child, even though she was the one who did the unthinkable, I understood her reasons and hoped she could put things behind her Anthony was a vile, loathsome man and he deserved everything he got.This could have been a great novel about abuse and the lengths one woman goes to, to rid her life of her abuser but the book kinda lagged for me and I found it hard to focus The chapter would abruptly jump from one character, and their story, to the next and durning some parts of the book I was actually bored I think two and a half stars is than fair flag 6 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jul 05, 2018 Megan Jones rated it liked it review of another edition Bridget s life is small and safe, she loves her husband and son and enjoys working hard to keep her business afloat One day, her former violin teacher, Anthony Carmichael, walks into her shop with the teenager he has clearly been grooming Carmichael begins to stalk Bridget, terrifying her into silence But Bridget is stronger now and she fights back Now, Bridget must deal with the consequences of her actions I found this a bizarre kind of read, it started off okay but quickly descended into Bridget s life is small and safe, she loves her husband and son and enjoys working hard to keep her business afloat One day, her former violin teacher, Anthony Carmichael, walks into her shop with the teenager he has clearly been grooming Carmichael begins to stalk Bridget, terrifying her into silence But Bridget is stronger now and she fights back Now, Bridget must deal with the consequences of her actions I found this a bizarre kind of read, it started off okay but quickly descended into chaos I could not follow what was happening due to the way this is written, I am sorry but it put me right off and I struggled to keep up with what was happening Some of the plot is of course clear but I found this a disappointment as well.Kent introduces Carmichael and then instantly takes the plot in what could be a dramatic direction but is severely let down by the writing style The early twist is a good one but the carry through is poor and the subsequent plot is, in my opinion, lacking A lot seems to happen early on but then not much in the rest of the book and I was bored and had very little interest in the book I do have to give credit to the ending, Kent ramped up the pace and tied the plot up sufficiently and in a satisfying way, but it does not make up for the rest of the book The characters are weak in this as well, I could not get a picture of them and struggled to connect to them or feel sympathy for them There also seems to be multiple characters who are in this unnecessarily and have plot threads that could be easily left out Be warned, Kent writes about some very dark subject matter so there is no enjoyable reading here but I think it is written well and is vital for the plot What We Did really is not for me, I was bored and not interested in the book and I gained little enjoyment from it flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 11, 2018 Ali Bookworm rated it it was amazing review of another edition Although I still have her earlier books to read I started this one first I found it to be fast paced, well written and it kept you on edge It did remind me a little of one I read a few months ago, The Other Woman, in some parts However I would recommend it and certainly would like to see it as a TV drama maybe flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 31, 2018 Board inMalibu rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves uk books Disturbing subject matter This book could have been a very interesting storyline on sexual predators grooming children Instead, the narrative was so disjointed it was nearly impossible to follow the plot line There were some twists, thus the 3 star rating Overall, felt the author missed an opportunity to really explore the grooming issue The characters were not well developed Did not connect with the protagonist or really any of the characters About way through this book, found myself sk Disturbing subject matter This book could have been a very interesting storyline on sexual predators grooming children Instead, the narrative was so disjointed it was nearly impossible to follow the plot line There were some twists, thus the 3 star rating Overall, felt the author missed an opportunity to really explore the grooming issue The characters were not well developed Did not connect with the protagonist or really any of the characters About way through this book, found myself skimming the text, wondering where this plot was going Was very disappointed with this book flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 13, 2018 Carla Carlas Book Bits rated it it was ok I was provided a copy by NetGalley, but this opinion is solely my own.I was intrigued by this book, but ultimately it didn t satisfy me I think it went on far too long, and the writing lacked that something that just grabs you.Trigger warning for child abuse flag 1 likeLike see review May 12, 2018 Laura rated it really liked it review of another edition This was a bit of a troubled read for me.As a survivor of childhood abuse, I could identify very easily with Bridget I loved that she decided to fight back and take control of her life.The story is very well written and I enjoyed reading it flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 03, 2019 Lesley Kay rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley This one was a slow, simmering burn of a novel Initially, I was hesitant about the synopsis, as it seemed to lay the story out so cleanly that there would be no surprises Boy, was I wrong Not only was the situation interesting at face value, the mystery beneath the story was so shocking and surprising to me, I never saw it coming Great, fast paced read flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 23, 2018 Clare King rated it liked it review of another edition I just felt this went on a bit too long with lots of loose ends and no real outcomes flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 25, 2018 Morgan Schulman rated it it was ok Shelves reader s copy I was given an advance readers copy in exchange for an honest review This one just didn t grab me I ve enjoyed a lot of this author s books in the past, but the characters just merged together, the plot didn t really keep me in suspense, and I was just eager to get through it and onto the next book flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 03, 2018 Lolly K Dandeneau rated it liked it via my blog Isabel, Isabel in the deep dark she remembered the girl s innocence, her admiration, her glee at being special, it blazed Bridget had been special once, as she frowned down at her instrument, the instrument burnished and warm from her touch, trying, trying, trying, her heart in her mouth Him watching her, impatient Bridget s world is on the verge of collapse all due to the return of her former music teacher Anthony Carmichael Every soiled via my blog Isabel, Isabel in the deep dark she remembered the girl s innocence, her admiration, her glee at being special, it blazed Bridget had been special once, as she frowned down at her instrument, the instrument burnished and warm from her touch, trying, trying, trying, her heart in her mouth Him watching her, impatient Bridget s world is on the verge of collapse all due to the return of her former music teacher Anthony Carmichael Every soiled memory she has buried from that horrible time rises to the surface when he comes into her dress shop with a pretty, eager young girl named Isabel Suddenly, the life she has been living is ripped from beneath her feet, is it possible to run, to move from the threat of him The possessive, guiding way he was touching that little girl, the intimacy is like poison in Bridget s veins She should stop him, she should speak up but she is frozen in fear.The days move on, she collects her senses and begins to relax into her daily routine sure that as a visiting professor he won t be around for long Until she discovers he will be at the University her own husband works at, for much longer than she hoped 2 years, if they can keep him, and the school is lucky to have him There is Isabelle, so much the same as Bridget once was, trusting, talented, open to the attention and charm of an adult Though Bridget is no longer a child, everything about Carmichael brings chills, fear into the very cells of her being Closer, closer he advances and then she snaps, from there an even bigger secret takes hold, but can she carry on as if nothing happened Bridget goes from sheltering her shameful past, which many sexually abused children feel responsible for, to hiding a criminal act Then the story descends into a nightmare about her own son, who is keeping secrets about his own new relationship There is also Gillian Lawson, who is looking for Dr Carmichael, as she is digging into the past and alive with the chase of a story She knows too that Bridget is a link, and with her husband working as the computer officer at Rose Hill, she has a way to reach her Too, what of the husband, Matt Is he a genuinely nice man , or is he the type to marry victims, to further abuse them How much of a coincidence, she wonders, is it for Carmichael to end up where his former student s husband works It just figures a journalists is chasing truth when Bridget has something the size of Carmichael to hide.The strength of the novel is in the emotional state Bridget s abuser returning into her life puts her in That a wife, mother, competently running her own dress shop can turn into a terrified wreck after having a run in with the man who sexually abused her, many years after it happened can explain just how debilatating sexual abuse is Her instinct is to uproot her life, which of course is not plausible, but that thought alone conveys just a drop of the fear and remnants of damage one person can wreak in another s life The fact she hasn t told her husband anything, ever, that it s remained bottled up inside of her all this time speaks volumes for how abusers walk away unscathed The adult always has an edge, knows how to make a child believe that every viloation is mutual desire, and he she is just as much to blame If a child has a special talent, or is hungry for attention, how much easier it is for the abuser to manipulate them, to have access, to learn the family dynamics and use it against the child I was expecting to see Carmichael exposed, to see him stripped for once of his power, publicly tarred as would seem just, but this was a completely different novel What a strange turn Not to say he doesn t get punished but not what I expected The grooming is bigger than just Carmichael I ve read quite a few books that explore this very issue, one good thing is straight away there is no romanticized storyline In fact, he turns your stomach from the very start I sometimes felt all over the place, and the things that happen after the big moment between Bridget and Carmichael, which is very early in the novel, seem a bit hard to pull off, but truth is stranger than fiction and having a sister whose norm is chaos can come in handy, at least for Bridget.Publication Date February 5, 2019Fararr, Straus and Giroux flag 1 likeLike see review May 16, 2018 Julie Morris rated it really liked it review of another edition Today is publication day for Christobel Kent s new novel What We Did so I have completed reading it at the perfect time to post my review Although, this is going to be a tough book to review without giving away any spoilers so I may be briefer than normal Was that a small sigh of relief I just heard Let s just take a moment to admire the cover, which was one of the things that drew my eye to it on NetGalley I love the grey with the bright spots of orange and green Would look fabulous on an Today is publication day for Christobel Kent s new novel What We Did so I have completed reading it at the perfect time to post my review Although, this is going to be a tough book to review without giving away any spoilers so I may be briefer than normal Was that a small sigh of relief I just heard Let s just take a moment to admire the cover, which was one of the things that drew my eye to it on NetGalley I love the grey with the bright spots of orange and green Would look fabulous on any book shelf, great cover design.This is a psychological thriller with a tricky subject matter at its heart Bridget is a survivor of abuse she suffered as a teenager at the hands of her violin teacher She has built a small, safe life for herself in a provincial university city with a quiet husband and a well balanced teenage son, running her own clothing shop and working hard to keep her demons at bay Her husband and her son know nothing about her past and that is the way she would like to keep it so when her abuser casually walks into her store one day in the company of his latest pupil, Bridget believes her whole way of life is at risk.When I started this book, I had a slightly jaded feeling that I knew how the story would pan out However, I was completely wrong Things unfold in a very unexpected way and the story goes off then at a totally different tangent and really drags you with it.The first quarter of the book was quite slow and I did start to worry that the whole story pacing was going to be too staid to carry me to the end I have begun to expect flourishes from a book in this genre but once the first pivotal act occurs, things pick up and I was totally gripped from that moment on and I ended up staying up late to finish the book Looking back at the book as a whole, the pacing was perfect for the storyline and the nature of the characters and it was actually a refreshing change from the constant bombardment of action and tension we sometimes get The gentle start, followed by the sudden shocking change was the perfect reflection of how Bridget s gentle life is so immediately disrupted when her abuser reappears on the scene.The characters that need to be sympathetic are sympathetic, the criminal perpetrators are suitably loathsome Bridget s sister was my favourite character, and the most complex, I believe, and I also enjoyed the way her innocuous husband s story arc developed There was a side storyline involving her shop assistant that I think was meant to throw Bridget s complicated feelings about her past into relief and give her some enlightenment, but it wasn t really well developed enough to end up as anything but a distraction which was a little disappointing.The main storyline was psychologically twisty enough to keep me guessing about who was involved in what I suspected people of things they hadn t ended up doing and didn t guess the ending so early in the novel that it was an anti climax when it came All in all, I enjoyed the book and it is well worth a read However, it does not have the jaw dropping twists that have become the norm, this is much a character based novel that isn t relying on any schlock or shock for shock s sake that some novels in this genre do You will have to make your own decision about whether this is a positive or negative based on your own preferences for this type of novel flag Like see review Jan 27, 2019 Lori L She Treads Softly rated it liked it What We Did by Christobel Kent is a recommended psychological study with some aspects of a thriller.Bridget Webster has kept the abuse the occurred in her past a secret from everyone and keeps a tight control over her emotions and reactions Now she s happily married to Matt and they have a teenage son, Finn Matt works in IT at Rose Hill University and she owns a women s clothing boutique in town When her childhood violin teacher, Anthony Carmichael, shows up in her shop with a young teen he w What We Did by Christobel Kent is a recommended psychological study with some aspects of a thriller.Bridget Webster has kept the abuse the occurred in her past a secret from everyone and keeps a tight control over her emotions and reactions Now she s happily married to Matt and they have a teenage son, Finn Matt works in IT at Rose Hill University and she owns a women s clothing boutique in town When her childhood violin teacher, Anthony Carmichael, shows up in her shop with a young teen he wants to buy a dress for, Bridget can barely keep her emotions under control When Carmichael later returns, having recognized Bridget after all these years, the resulting actions seem inevitable and require even subterfuge on Bridget s part Then Bridget s sister Carrie shows up and becomes involved in the situation.At the same time reporter Gillian Gill Lawson has come to town to secretly seek out Carmichael She has been following him for years with the certainty that he is a long time pedophile who has somehow escaped being caught and she wants to finally bring an end to his secret reign of terror She recognizes Bridget as someone who may have been one of his early victims, but having a reporter snooping around is not what Bridget needs right now.This is a slow paced novel that creates suspense through Bridget slowly revealing information and insight about the secrets in her past and why that would lead her to currently do what she did Although there is a violent reaction which leads to a pro long period of trying to cover up the results of her action, the incident loses its shocking power due to the extended coverage of the story line After this point any suspense or tension is created through Gill s investigation and how odd both Bridget and Matt are acting The ending is a surprise that I didn t see coming.What We Did, while it has its moments when it is in the territory of a thriller, is at heart of a character study As Bridget reveals information about her past and the inner torment she endures, empathy for her will increase Based on what is revealed in her backstory, one does wonder why a case as severe and emotionally fraught as hers didn t come to the attention of others earlier The scenes between her and Matt when they both are leaving a plethora of things unsaid also create tension.The writing is certainly good As I mentioned, the pro longed cover up and the many things left unsaid by all the characters results in depleting much of the immediacy of the tension and suspense The exception is the ending when an increased pace and sense of urgency amplifies the tension and all the plot elements come together.Disclosure My review copy was courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Girouxtp shetreadssoftly 2019 0 flag Like see review Nov 28, 2018 Athena Elizabeth rated it liked it First off, a big thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, for the eARC in exchange for an honest review About the plot A team of pedophiles is back in Bridget s life from her childhood, threatening her family and at least one other young girl in the community Her husband works at the local college with one of the men and becomes unwittingly involved as a journalist nudges him into her search for proof The book started off predictably with the main pedophile accid First off, a big thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, for the eARC in exchange for an honest review About the plot A team of pedophiles is back in Bridget s life from her childhood, threatening her family and at least one other young girl in the community Her husband works at the local college with one of the men and becomes unwittingly involved as a journalist nudges him into her search for proof The book started off predictably with the main pedophile accidentally murdered, but turned into a tangle as the plot wound and unwound with repercussions and events throughout the novel It kept me interested but also disappointed at times as I felt like could have happened A good example is outside of Carmichael s house when a man was behind Bridget all of a sudden It ended up being a benign event but the author makes us wait through another point of view chapter before revealing what had happened, and here I was thinking that she was going to get either abducted or rescued from another pedophile This happened than once The transitions between past and present were confusing at times too, I understand that was how Bridget s mind flashed back and forth but sometimes I didn t know what was happening and had to read the page again Overall though it kept me engaged through the novel That covers the writing style as well As far as the characters I ended up liking Gill a lot than I thought I would, although I found myself skimming her point of view chapters Her life didn t interest me at all and she just seemed to add length to the book Finn and Laura are the innocent characters that drive home the point that abuse can appear in all forms, to anyone The characters were pretty neutral to me but I ended up feeling bad for most of them Matt was my favorite, just a guy trying to do the right thing Overall I am sticking with 3 stars I ended up loving how she tied everything together at the end, even if it took a while to get there The book was a decent suspense thriller, and I would recommend to anyone who likes that kind of suspenseful fiction I omitted the summary but my full review can be found on my blog at flag Like see review Jan 13, 2019 Liz rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley Via my book blog at Kent s new novel is a compelling read Kent s protagonist is a British woman, Bridget, who owns an upscale dress shop in a town near a Rose Hill University where her husband, Matt, works She lives a quiet, peaceful life with her husband and son, Finn Matt is a caring, loving man, head of the IT department Their lives are stable, and they seem content.For Bridget everything changes in a moment when a man and a young girl enter Via my book blog at Kent s new novel is a compelling read Kent s protagonist is a British woman, Bridget, who owns an upscale dress shop in a town near a Rose Hill University where her husband, Matt, works She lives a quiet, peaceful life with her husband and son, Finn Matt is a caring, loving man, head of the IT department Their lives are stable, and they seem content.For Bridget everything changes in a moment when a man and a young girl enter the shop The girl is looking for a dress for a piano recital Bridget s mind explodes at the sight of the man, Anthony Carmichael, her old piano teacher She hates this old man and never thought she would have to see him again The book immediately takes a turn and becomes a suspenseful thriller I wanted Bridget to get her normal life back, but it didn t seem possible given her actions The characters surrounding her could help if she shared her secret, but that was the worst torment of all She thought her husband would have nothing to do with her if he knew her secrets.I enjoyed this novel and hope it does well when it is published in the USA in February.I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 Amanda Books, Life and Everything Nice rated it liked it Shelves adult, country canada u k australia, fiction, net galley, author male Thank you to NetGalley, Sarah Crichton Books, and Christobel Kent for an ARC ebook copy to review As always, an honest review from me My rating is actually 2.5 stars, but since there aren t half stars I always round up Like The relationship between the sisters The mystery of what will happen next throughout the whole story The day to day life working in a clothing storeLove Dislike The flippancy the sisters have over serious topics Despite all the drama and action, most of the tim Thank you to NetGalley, Sarah Crichton Books, and Christobel Kent for an ARC ebook copy to review As always, an honest review from me My rating is actually 2.5 stars, but since there aren t half stars I always round up Like The relationship between the sisters The mystery of what will happen next throughout the whole story The day to day life working in a clothing storeLove Dislike The flippancy the sisters have over serious topics Despite all the drama and action, most of the time I was bored All the triggersWish that I related to the main character , but then again based on some of her actions maybe it s better that I don t relateOverall, not the book for me due to multiple reasons Despite the promising plot, the story lacked much flag Like see review Dec 26, 2018 David Morgan rated it really liked it review of another edition Bridget s life is humming along smoothly, she loves her husband and son, has a successful dress shop, and has left her childhood trauma behind Until He shows up at her store This twisty, suspenseful novel kept me on the edge of my seat Although a little wordy at times the writing propelled the story ahead at a fast pace and made it a pleasure to read This is the first Christobel Kent novel I ve read and after reading this, I look forward to reading other books by her I recommend this bo Bridget s life is humming along smoothly, she loves her husband and son, has a successful dress shop, and has left her childhood trauma behind Until He shows up at her store This twisty, suspenseful novel kept me on the edge of my seat Although a little wordy at times the writing propelled the story ahead at a fast pace and made it a pleasure to read This is the first Christobel Kent novel I ve read and after reading this, I look forward to reading other books by her I recommend this book to those who love a suspenseful, family thriller with just enough twists to keep you guessing where it ll end up Pick this one up on 2 5 2019 flag Like see review Feb 02, 2019 Kathleen Gray rated it really liked it review of another edition Anthony Carmichael could have ruined Bridget s life but he didn t She married, had a child, and moved on but she never told what he did to her not even her husband knows Then he turns up again and she s not willing to let him do it to any other child Except, and here s the problem, he starts to stalk her What does Bridget do now No spoilers but it might not surprise you I ve been a fan of Kent, who has a way with psychological thrillers, but this felt personal than her earlier novels Anthony Carmichael could have ruined Bridget s life but he didn t She married, had a child, and moved on but she never told what he did to her not even her husband knows Then he turns up again and she s not willing to let him do it to any other child Except, and here s the problem, he starts to stalk her What does Bridget do now No spoilers but it might not surprise you I ve been a fan of Kent, who has a way with psychological thrillers, but this felt personal than her earlier novels Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC flag Like see review May 13, 2018 Louise rated it liked it review of another edition This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I turned the pages quite quickly on this,and liked the story of a past child abuse victim confronting the abuser as an adult.Throw in an investigative journalist who isn t letting go of what she thinks is a story and it all feels like a bit of a race against time to keep a lot of things hidden.Slightly surprising at how easily the family accept the idea of killing But that was a tiny niggle.All tied up neatly at the end flag Like see review Sep 24, 2018 Monica rated it really liked it review of another edition Christobel Kent is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors Wonderfully fully fleshed out characters, real emotion and a great story This is the kind of book I crave keep me guessing and turning the pages swallow me up and give my head a break from the day to day I m hooked next flag Like see review May 31, 2018 Wendy rated it liked it review of another edition 3.5 flag Like see review Jul 16, 2018 Gill Brown rated it it was amazing review of another edition A sad and heartbreaking book that someone should have to live with this alone and also satisfying that revenge was achieved although not without consequences Gripping and unputdownable flag Like see review Dec 06, 2018 Ashy Khaira rated it did not like it review of another edition This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here found the book to be boring as well,with all the back and forth and of thought process and hard to read flag Like see review Oct 27, 2018 Julie rated it really liked it review of another edition Does she get away with it Only one way to find out recommend flag Like see review Dec 30, 2018 Kathy rated it really liked it What We Did by Christobel Kent is a suspenseful novel that deals with difficult subject matter in a discerning and thought provoking manner.Bridget Webster is a happily married mum and business owner From the outside, there is little sign of her troubling past which is exactly how she likes it She has not confided in her husband, Matt, nor her younger sister, Carrie, about the dark secret she has kept for over two decades However, when her former music teacher Anthony Tony Carmichael sudde What We Did by Christobel Kent is a suspenseful novel that deals with difficult subject matter in a discerning and thought provoking manner.Bridget Webster is a happily married mum and business owner From the outside, there is little sign of her troubling past which is exactly how she likes it She has not confided in her husband, Matt, nor her younger sister, Carrie, about the dark secret she has kept for over two decades However, when her former music teacher Anthony Tony Carmichael suddenly drops back into her life, Bridget is inundated with horrifying memories After a confrontation with Carmichael goes horribly wrong, Bridget desperately tries to keep the events from the past and present from being exposed Carrie is unexpectedly drawn into her sister s attempts to cover her tracks and Bridget is appalled to learn newspaper reporter Gillian Gill Lawson is asking questions about Anthony Will Bridget s and Carrie s efforts to keep the truth under wraps be successful Bridget is content with the safe life she has with Matt and their son Finn She feels quite safe with Matt who never delves too deeply beneath the surface Bridget maintains tight control over every aspect of her life and she has deeply buried the troubling events that destroyed her teenage years She loves her sister but their relationship has never quite recovered from her rocky teen years The sisters sometimes go for months without contact but Bridget always provides Carrie with a safe haven when she needs one Carrie s sudden reappearance could not come at a worse time for Bridget However, circumstances force her to accept Carrie s help when her sister literally stumbles across what Bridget is frantically trying to hide.What We Did is an engrossing novel that is a little slow paced despite the suspense One of the main story arcs revolves around Bridget s attempts to conceal her present misdeed but this part of the storyline ends up being drawn out way too long A side plot line with her employee is interesting and provides another layer of tension to some of the unfolding events Bridget discovers she has grossly underestimated her husband but what effect will this have on their relationship A late in the story situation with Finn neatly intersects with another thread in the plot and adds a sense of urgency as Christobel Kent brings this suspense laden novel to a satisfying conclusion This absorbing novel deals with subject matter is very dark but it is handled with a great deal of sensitivity An insightful novel that I highly recommend to fans of the genre flag Like see review Nov 16, 2018 Molly Walker rated it really liked it review of another edition I really enjoyed this book, the plot was great and toward the end it was extremely gripping and I couldn t put it out I also was not expecting the ending, which made it very shocking I thought the writing was brilliant, well written in order to make the book suspenseful and interesting It was extremely upsetting during some parts, which you should keep in mind flag Like see review Mrs K A Burns rated it liked it Oct 17, 2018 Alison Davis rated it really liked it Dec 30, 2018 previous 1 2 3 4 5 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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      • Christobel Kent

        Christobel Kent was born in London in 1962 and now lives in Cambridge with her husband and four children in between she lived in Florence She worked in publishing for several years, most recently as Publicity Director at Andre Deutsch Her debut novel A Party in San Niccolo, was published in 2003.Series Sandro Cellini


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    1. This was an okay read really didn t like the characters was way to slow, couldn t feel the tension the prose sounded interesting but it just did nothing for me TRIGGER WARNING There is abuse issues in this novel which didn t sit well for me, this is my first read by this author will try again wasn t a complete waste of time.


    2. What We Did by Christobel Kent was the first book that I have read by this author that I have heard so much about I was really looking forward to reading this one but unfortunately for me it did not live up to expectations I found it to be very slow paced and long with characters that I just could not relate to The story was good, although it covers some tough issues Bridget has been hiding a secret from everybody in her life, including her husband She has moved on with her life until one d What [...]


    3. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Some men deserve to be killed Anthony Carmichael, the deplorable disgusting degenerate child molester is a shining example So killed he gets, by one of the kids whose lives he marred so brutally, but who survived the abuse and went on to have a picturesque life in a small town Surprisingly easy to kill, especially considering that the murderess is a mild mannered shop owner, made all the mild mannered by being so ve [...]


    4. 2.5 Stars It wasn t about sex, after all It was about hurting someone It was about power.This is another of those psychological thrillers that isn t about who did it or what is the twisty ending This is a very slow burner of a story and that isn t always a good thing It is a very character driven novel and I liked that about it, I also loved the writing itself I know this is a clich but Christobel Kent writes with such beautiful prose, I was pleasantly surprised to find that in a psycholo [...]


    5. Bridget s life is small and safe, she loves her husband and son and enjoys working hard to keep her business afloat One day, her former violin teacher, Anthony Carmichael, walks into her shop with the teenager he has clearly been grooming Carmichael begins to stalk Bridget, terrifying her into silence But Bridget is stronger now and she fights back Now, Bridget must deal with the consequences of her actions I found this a bizarre kind of read, it started off okay but quickly descended into Bridg [...]


    6. Although I still have her earlier books to read I started this one first I found it to be fast paced, well written and it kept you on edge It did remind me a little of one I read a few months ago, The Other Woman, in some parts However I would recommend it and certainly would like to see it as a TV drama maybe.


    7. Disturbing subject matter This book could have been a very interesting storyline on sexual predators grooming children Instead, the narrative was so disjointed it was nearly impossible to follow the plot line There were some twists, thus the 3 star rating Overall, felt the author missed an opportunity to really explore the grooming issue The characters were not well developed Did not connect with the protagonist or really any of the characters About way through this book, found myself sk Disturb [...]


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