Title: They Did Bad Things
Author: Lauren A. Forry
Publisher: Arcade Crimewise
Publish Date: June 2, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller
My Rating: 3/5
And Then There Were None meets The Last Time I Lied in this dark and twisty psychological thriller.
In 1995, six university students moved into the house at 215 Caldwell Street. Months later, one of them was found dead on the sofa the morning after their end-of-year party. His death was ruled an accident by the police. The remaining five all knew it wasn’t, and though they went on with their lives, the truth of what happened to their sixth housemate couldn’t stay buried forever.
Twenty years later, all five of them arrive—lured separately under various pretenses—at Wolfheather House, a crumbling, secluded mansion on the Scottish isle of Doon. Trapped inside with no way out and no signal to the outside world, the now forty-somethings fight each other—and the unknown mastermind behind their gathering—as they confront the role they played in their housemate’s death. They are given one choice: confess to their crimes or die.
They Did Bad Things is a deviously clever psychological thriller about the banality of evil and the human capacity for committing horror.
Five former college housemates are reunited 20 years later at a secluded mansion. They are lured to the house under various pretenses, and are confronted with their past. When they were in college, they shared a house with another person who died. The death was ruled accidental, but the housemates know it was murder. Now, someone has lured them together to learn what really happened years earlier.
Told using various points of view. It has been many years since the characters have been together, and they have all moved on with their lives. Different jobs and relationships. They have tried to forget what happened in college, and don’t really want anything to do with one another. It’s soon clear they were brought together for sinister reasons. They have to work together to stay alive and figure out who lured them to the secluded location.
An entertaining mystery. The character development was a little weak, so I wasn’t as drawn into the story as I was hoping. Still, a fun read for fans of thrillers. Dark and twisty.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.