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Book Review: I know what you’ve done by Dorothy Koomson

It’s official, Dorothy Koomson has never written a book I haven’t liked, granted there’s four on my Kindle that I need to read but I have complete faith in the fact that I’ll enjoy those too.

She has long been an automatic buy for me. She is the queen of the unexpected twist and big reveal, she’s managed it again with I know what you’ve done, and I love her more with each book I devour, because that’s what I do with her books, I devour them.

For some reason, I’d completely missed the fact she had new release out this year so was pleasantly surprised when I know what you’ve done appeared on my suggested reading.

From the back….

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? 

Rae is working from home (because pandemic) when someone begins hammering on her door.

On her doorstep is an injured Priscilla, she’s a stand-offish resident of Acacia Villas an exclusive road filled with expensive houses in Brighton, she thrusts a diary in Rae’s hands and is adamant someone is trying to kill her. Her diary contains all the secrets of their neighbours on Acacia Villas, everyone has something to hide, and nothing is quite what it seems.

So, hands up, who else would read the diary?

I definitely would, I’d ring an ambulance first, but I absolutely would be reading that diary….I’ll worry about explaining my reasons to the police later.

I loved this book; I loved the idea behind it. Nosy neighbours is an absolute winner because let’s be honest, who hasn’t at some point been a nosy neighbour?

Secondly, I loved the reason behind why Priscilla had started spying on her neighbours….she wanted to catch the culprit who was letting their dog poo outside her gate and not picking it up. I mean it is the single most believable reason for anyone to set up cameras and start spying on their neighbours – well, that and some sort of bin wars. Nothing else causes drama on cul-de-sac quite like dog muck and bins.

With loads of time on her hands during lockdown, Priscilla details bin wars and other petty neighbourhood disputes in her diary. Again I think we can all relate to that, who didn’t start noticing their neighbours more when we were all stuck at home for months on end with the same view day in day out? What Priscilla wasn’t banking on was uncovering was fraud, affairs and dodgy dealings and it’s for one of those reasons that someone is trying to kill her.

The book largely focusses on four women, a different perspective in each chapter…..

There’s Priscilla and her diary.

Rae, whose house Priscilla runs to after she’s been attacked. Rae, her husband Clark and two daughters have lived in Acacia Villas for a couple of years, we know they’ve left London in a hurry and moved to Brighton quickly after an incident, though what that is doesn’t become clear until much later.

Then we have Lilly, she’s hell bent on getting her ex back and may be in over her head with her business dealings.

And finally, there’s Bryony and her god-awful husband Grayson.

They all have their secrets but is it reason enough to want Priscilla dead?

Dorothy Koomson keeps the suspense running throughout, she writes in a way that makes it difficult to stop reading. The characters all had their flaws, they all had their reasons for acting the way they did, it’s what made them believable and what kept me invested. It was a fun read.

Every book of hers I find difficult to put down. This one I finished at 4 in the morning, I’d woken up at 2 and couldn’t get back to sleep, it meant I had to stifle my gasp at the final big reveal to avoid waking Scott up, difficult because I was surprised.

I loved getting to know the residents of Acacia Villas and their somewhat dysfunctional lives. Great read and if you haven’t grasped this already… some Dorothy Koomson books, you will not be disappointed, I promise.

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8 thoughts on “Book Review: I know what you’ve done by Dorothy Koomson Leave a comment

  1. Great review! This sounds really suspenseful and like it had a great twist! I love that there are relatable characters and nosy neighbours too. Thanks for sharing, will have to check this one out!


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