What I Did by Kate Bradley – review.

Publication date: 21st January, 2020.


Lisa is running.

She has taken her child, Jack, and she has run from his father.

Lisa thinks she’s safe.

She’s found a remote house where no one will be able to find them.

Lisa is about to wake up in her worst nightmare.

And now she must face what she’s tried to escape.

Risking everything to protect her little boy, Lisa knows that in order to survive she will have to fight, but it’s hard to face someone you loved, especially someone you still love, who knows who you really are – and what you are really capable of.

Family is everything. What would you do to protect it?

About the author

Kate Bradley worked for many years managing services for people who are marginalised by society; her work has taken her into prisons, mental health hospitals and alongside the homeless. She currently works in education. She holds a first-class degree in English Literature, in addition to qualifications in creative writing and teaching. Kate lives in a small coastal town just outside of Brighton with her husband and sons.

My thoughts

‘What I did’ is a highly immersive psychological thriller and I couldn’t put it down. I felt every bit of Lisa’s journey as she ran from her old life; but life catches up with a person and this novel didn’t disappoint. Domestic violence and escaping it feature heavily in this book as does addiction. There is so much at stake at every turn which puts the pressure on throughout.

It’s tense, frightening and had me biting my nails on a few occasions as I read through the night. I really enjoyed the chapters that explored Lisa’s relationship with her mother.

It’s not without its shockers. In fact, there are plenty. It’s a twisty read. About halfway through, I’m like… ‘what? Now, I wasn’t expecting that,’ but don’t worry, everything made total sense – clever!

Lisa’s past and present chapters both had a real urgency about them. This definitely kept me turning the pages late into the night. It’s also screams, ‘how far would you go to protect someone you dearly loved?’

If you enjoy psychological thrillers that will have your heart racing and are jam-packed with danger, then this is your book. Loved it!


Thanks for reading!

Why not check out one of my other reviews? Maybe you’ll find your perfect read.

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Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.




About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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