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Publisher's Summary

'From the first time I saw them together I knew it felt wrong. I didn't like the way he touched her or the self-conscious way he played with Molly and Luke. Joanne saw none of it of course. So I did it to prove to her that she was wrong. I did it for us.'

Emily's instincts tell her that best friend Joanne's new boyfriend is bad news. Emily fears for Joanne. Fears for Joanne's children. But Joanne won't listen because she's in love. So Emily watches and waits...and then she makes a choice. But Emily has a past, and secrets, too. And is she really as good a friend to Joanne as she claims?

©2018 Alison Bruce (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

Critic Reviews

"Unpredictable, challenging and compelling." (Sophie Hannah, author of Did You See Melody?)
"Never before have I read such a compelling, chilling read that kept me intrigued from beginning to end... If you adore psychological thrillers and books such as The Girl on the Train, then this is a must read!" (Red Headed Book Lover Blog)
" I Did It For Us held me from the off. It's compelling, slickly plotted and brilliantly written." (Amanda Jennings, author of In Her Wake)

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Kept me guessing but a little disconnected

This was a decent story and for the most part my interest held. The beginning is compelling but it is not what the book is about, it’s more background story so I was confused for a while when it transitioned in a different direction.
It’s one of those books where almost all of the action unfolds at the end, rather than hinted at throughout. Some things that ended up as minor parts of the story were initially so well detailed while some very significant things were barley delved into. Additionally, because side stories were not resolved, the events didn’t tie in strong enough. It did keep me guessing all the way through but mostly because I wasn’t sure which aspects were important. But as a whole, it was entertaining enough, I’m not sure I would enthusiastically recommend it to someone but it wasn’t a waste of credit.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A satisfying read

I’m easily bored by bad storytelling. This book kept me interested, and had a couple of twists I didn’t see coming. The narrator was quite good, and it was a satisfying read.

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Well... I know what disconnected means now.

A very long he said she said with no big payoff.
Another listener had called this book "disconnected" in the review... I didn't really understand what it meant, but I do now. Several times I rewound 30 seconds because I thought I had missed something, but I hadn't. It wasn't an awful story but it wasn't good either, and I can't honestly recommend it

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • D
  • 01-20-18

What a let down

It started off so interesting then just got super lazy. Characters weren't developed enough to care about them, ending was awful. Just ridiculous. Performance was good. I stuck with it because of that but everything else was awful.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • IanOrchard
  • 01-11-18

Excellent thriller with a twist.

Thoroughly enjoyable story that had you gripped to the end. A theme that tugged at emotions. Very enjoyable and well performed.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Adrienne
  • 01-12-18

An enjoyable thriller

With a twist...

Something different from the Gary Goodhew author, still based around Cambridge and the outer reaches. Good story, good twist but I do love a Gary Goodhew novel!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Jelly
  • 01-20-18

I Did It For Us

I loved this, the narrator does a perfect job of portraying the different characters, in a believable realistic style. The story is also completely believable and gripping with a really satisfying conclusion, definitely would recommend this one.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • S. Christie
  • 05-08-18

A little slow, but a good read

I enjoyed this book. I loved the start and the end, but did find the middle was slow. A little drawn out. However the characters were good, the story gripping ( perhaps a tiny bit unbelievable) and the narration superb. I would recommend and would read other books by this author.

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  • Tina
  • 05-03-18

Boring and slow story.

Struggled to get to the end of the book. I found it boring and slow.

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  • Ninecatz
  • 04-11-18

It Didn't Do It For Me

What would have made I Did It for Us better?

Fewer pages.

Would you ever listen to anything by Alison Bruce again?

Possibly not.

How could the performance have been better?

If the narrator hadn't read everything as a massive drama... it wasn't.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom.

Any additional comments?

I thought this would be a great listen, however, it started well, got staid in the middle, and became totally ridiculous at the end.

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  • Louize
  • 04-05-18

Not what I expected at all

Utterly brilliant. Couldn’t stop listening,kept me awake all night. Can’t wait for the next Alison Bruce book

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  • sinead
  • 03-21-18

gripping

amazing make me tear up be on the edge of my seat and feel so meny things so good !

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  • R. J. Gladden
  • 03-03-18

Over complicated plot

I generally love Alison Bruce’s work and her Cambridge set detective series is brilliant but this felt distinctly over complicated. The end, when mercifully it came, was no great shakes and by that point I think I’d lost interest. I also had little sympathy with the characters, particularly the main one. Her actions seemed wholly unlikely and I just kept wanting to scream at her to get a move on and get a life.