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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 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.  


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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 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.  

30 review for They Did Bad Things

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dita

    3.5 stars, rounded up! This review is a little hard to write because: 1. Everyone in it was a jack wagon. 2. The introduction of the characters and the time hopping made it a little hard to get into, but... 3. Once I got into it, I was really invested! 4. Its ended REALLY well, and that is always awesome. Thank you to Lauren A. Forry, Skyhorse Publishing and Edelweiss for giving me this DRC in exchange for an honest review. Overall, if you are a fan of closed room mysteries, give it a try.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    2.5 1995, 215 Caldwell St - 6 roommates moved in... only 5 survived their end of year party...what happened? They know the death wasn't an accident, but they'll never tell. They just want to move on with their lives and leave the past in the past. But someone doesn't want the past to remain hidden. Someone has lured them all to Wolfheather House, an old mansion on the Scottish isle of Doon. Someone who has given them a choice: confess to their crimes or die. Seems simple enough, right? So, this wa 2.5 1995, 215 Caldwell St - 6 roommates moved in... only 5 survived their end of year party...what happened? They know the death wasn't an accident, but they'll never tell. They just want to move on with their lives and leave the past in the past. But someone doesn't want the past to remain hidden. Someone has lured them all to Wolfheather House, an old mansion on the Scottish isle of Doon. Someone who has given them a choice: confess to their crimes or die. Seems simple enough, right? So, this was a little clunky for me at times with the jumping around in time. I wasn't a big fan of the multiple time and character changes i.e. 90 minutes ago, 15 months ago, twenty years ago, etc. Too much back and forth for me. Usually, this isn't an issue for me, but again - clunky. The characters are not likable, and we are not supposed to like them. They all have issues, and each has done some bad things in their lives. When things begin to go downhill, they quickly lay blame and turn on each other not knowing who had lured them there and who could be trusted. For most of the book, I thought this was a so-so convoluted story. It really didn't wow me but then there were a couple of twists and turns and ultimately, I can say I enjoyed it to a degree but didn't love it. The premise was interesting as was the title, but it failed to completely dazzle me. If it weren't for those twists and turns, I might have put this book down. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bridgett

    'You're not afraid of doing bad things. You're afraid of getting punished for doing them.' And so begins They Did Bad Things: A Thriller, a diabolical story of gory revenge. Upon finishing this novel at four this morning, I had initially planned to give it 2 stars...but then I decided I liked the epilogue enough to add half a star. It felt a bit like the game of Clue. So, here's the thing...this story is beyond clunky. The timeline bounces around so much, and so illogically, it's hard to stay 'You're not afraid of doing bad things. You're afraid of getting punished for doing them.' And so begins They Did Bad Things: A Thriller, a diabolical story of gory revenge. Upon finishing this novel at four this morning, I had initially planned to give it 2 stars...but then I decided I liked the epilogue enough to add half a star. It felt a bit like the game of Clue. So, here's the thing...this story is beyond clunky. The timeline bounces around so much, and so illogically, it's hard to stay involved. The characters are all vile. And if I'm being completely honest, the "twist" at the end felt like a cheap shot. I definitely didn't figure it out, although I thought I had...but the reason is because it's one of those left field endings which leave you questioning whether or not you missed something at the beginning. Let me ease your fears. You didn't. And when I finally found out the why behind the group's action (why they were brought to this Wolfheather House to begin with), I was like, "Seriously? You've got to be joking. All this destruction...because of THIS?" Definitely have to suspend belief a bit. To end on a positive note, I will say that the title and book cover are absolutely epic...love both. 2.5 stars Available for purchase June 2nd. **Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    JEN A

    I received an advanced copy of this book from Net Galley and the publisher in return for an honest review. The release date for this book is 2 Jun 2020 This was a So-so thriller. I had high expectations about where the story could go. It started off a lot like the movie Clue and I was intrigued for a while but then it became very convoluted and I was just ready for the story to end. I really liked the premise around the story and the ending left a bit of a cliffhanger which might make for an inte I received an advanced copy of this book from Net Galley and the publisher in return for an honest review. The release date for this book is 2 Jun 2020 This was a So-so thriller. I had high expectations about where the story could go. It started off a lot like the movie Clue and I was intrigued for a while but then it became very convoluted and I was just ready for the story to end. I really liked the premise around the story and the ending left a bit of a cliffhanger which might make for an interesting follow up book but this one just didn’t live up to its full potential.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Luvtoread

    Six college roommates are having their last party of the year when the next morning one of them is found dead. Twenty years later unbeknownst to them they will all be reunited for a weekend at Wolfheather Manor a beautiful forested Inn on an isolated isle in Scotland where the only way in or off the island is by a ferry boat . The former housemates are quite shocked to see one another and they are all questioning how they were invited and why are they here now seeing that none of them had kept i Six college roommates are having their last party of the year when the next morning one of them is found dead. Twenty years later unbeknownst to them they will all be reunited for a weekend at Wolfheather Manor a beautiful forested Inn on an isolated isle in Scotland where the only way in or off the island is by a ferry boat . The former housemates are quite shocked to see one another and they are all questioning how they were invited and why are they here now seeing that none of them had kept in touch after graduation. Three women and two men who all share secrets from their last time together and it is very obvious that one roommate could never have attended this unsettling reunion so why have they all been gathered together and who is their host who seems to know so much about all of them. Before the night is over one of them will be missing and they will find all their tires have been slashed on their vehicles also without any cell phone service and the land line seems to have been cut, all while a heavy snow storm has started and the ferry is a couple miles away but the next ride would be over twenty-four hours wait when they suddenly realize they have to get off the isle. I had high hopes for this story. Everything was perfectly in place, the atmospheric setting, the mystery, the alluring feeling of the book "And Then There Was One". Unfortunately for me this books didn't live up to my expectations. All the characters were unlikable so I didn't care about what happened to any of them and the ending was a surprise but too disconnected for my taste. It wasn't a bad book but certainly not a memorable one for me although I'm sure this book will appeal to many other readers. I want to thank the publisher "Sky Horse Publishing" for the opportunity to read this ARC and any opinions expressed are unbiased and mine alone! I have given this book a rating of 2 1/2 Disappointing ✴✴⭐ Stars!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eve (Between The Bookends)

    I'm on a roll with books this week! This was another entertaining read. Intriguing plot. Interesting characters. Well written. Well-constructed mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. I'm on a roll with books this week! This was another entertaining read. Intriguing plot. Interesting characters. Well written. Well-constructed mystery that kept me guessing until the very end.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Thanks to NetGalley and Skyhorse Publishing for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 stars rounded up to a 3. I couldn't resist snapping this up on NetGalley based on its appeal to readers of Agatha Christie'S And Then There Were None which was my first read of that great writer. Lauren A. Forry certainly captures the atmosphere of a Christie novel, but I didn't feel that I was very invested in the storyline. Although I must point out that the ending was fantastic and that I didn Thanks to NetGalley and Skyhorse Publishing for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 stars rounded up to a 3. I couldn't resist snapping this up on NetGalley based on its appeal to readers of Agatha Christie'S And Then There Were None which was my first read of that great writer. Lauren A. Forry certainly captures the atmosphere of a Christie novel, but I didn't feel that I was very invested in the storyline. Although I must point out that the ending was fantastic and that I didn't really care if the characters were unlikeable, it was the transitions between chapters and a mysterious diary that didn't really work for me. Perhaps that was because I was reading it on my Kindle app and it would be more friendly in book format, I am not really sure. That aside, the twists and turns of the story did at least keep me curious. Goodreads review published 26/05/20 Expected Publication Date 02/06/20

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Who “Looks a gift horse in the mouth”? None of our five protagonists! Each accepts a free stay at a remote getaway with disastrous consequences. The weekend vacations were orchestrated by someone unknown to gather the former college roommates in one place. The purpose? To elicit admissions of prior past misdeeds which resulted in the death of another housemate. Nicely written with rounded but not the most likable characters. Which is okay, because some of them don’t make it to the end. Dead bodie Who “Looks a gift horse in the mouth”? None of our five protagonists! Each accepts a free stay at a remote getaway with disastrous consequences. The weekend vacations were orchestrated by someone unknown to gather the former college roommates in one place. The purpose? To elicit admissions of prior past misdeeds which resulted in the death of another housemate. Nicely written with rounded but not the most likable characters. Which is okay, because some of them don’t make it to the end. Dead bodies? Yes. Mystery and a conclusion? Double yes! Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for my digital review copy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    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, a 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tahera

    You're not afraid of doing bad things. You're afraid of getting punished for doing them. But what if you could kill someone and not get in trouble and not feel any guilt? What if you could take a life as easy as taking that Coke from the shelf? Think about it. Really think about it. Face it. People aren't really very nice. In September 1994, six university students, Hollis, Lorna, Ellie, Oliver, Maeve and Callum move into the house at 215, Caldwell Street. Exactly nine months later, in mid-1995, You're not afraid of doing bad things. You're afraid of getting punished for doing them. But what if you could kill someone and not get in trouble and not feel any guilt? What if you could take a life as easy as taking that Coke from the shelf? Think about it. Really think about it. Face it. People aren't really very nice. In September 1994, six university students, Hollis, Lorna, Ellie, Oliver, Maeve and Callum move into the house at 215, Caldwell Street. Exactly nine months later, in mid-1995, Callum is found dead on the sofa. Each of the remaining housemates give a statement about their ignorance about what might have happened to him and eventually the police deem it an accidental death. Life goes on.... Until twenty years later, when these five ex-housemates find themselves face to face once again, under one roof at Wolfheather House. Each has been brought to this place by a clever ruse. By a person who knows the truth about what transpired that led to Callum's death. Because Callum's death wasn't an accident. It was murder. And they all played a part in it. And now it's time for retribution. While reading this book, I kept thinking what it was that I didn't quite like about the book. Then it hit me; the characters. The book begins with a diary entry by the person who has rolled this ball of revenge into motion. Each following chapter is a POV of each of the five housemates who are stuck in Wolfheather House, in present time, followed by more of the diary entries which uncovers the plot bit by bit. Also, with each chapter we gradually get to know about the traits of these five people and one thing is certain: they all are, to varying degrees, selfish, self centered and with an ugly temper to match-- horrid people. To fulfill their needs and wants or to save their own skin from trouble, they are easily willing to use and hurt others. Callum, by far, was the only nicest one of the whole group. The book manages to keep the suspense of who the culprit is intact right till the final 2-3 chapters that serve as the climax....of both the incident that happened twenty years ago at 215, Caldwell Street and the present situation. My thanks to NetGalley, the publishers Skyhorse Publishing/Arcade Crimewise and author for providing me with an e-Arc of the book. Rating: 3.5*.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    3.5 stars. Take one slightly seedy country manor on a remote Scottish island. Add five guests who are surprised to see each other, various acts of sabotage and no ferry over the weekend. Stir the mixture with a nasty storm and you have They Did Bad Things. The five guests have been lured there under false pretences. 20 odd years ago things came to a nasty head in a house share for six university students when one of them, Callum, died after a wild party. The others all claimed ignorance of how th 3.5 stars. Take one slightly seedy country manor on a remote Scottish island. Add five guests who are surprised to see each other, various acts of sabotage and no ferry over the weekend. Stir the mixture with a nasty storm and you have They Did Bad Things. The five guests have been lured there under false pretences. 20 odd years ago things came to a nasty head in a house share for six university students when one of them, Callum, died after a wild party. The others all claimed ignorance of how the tragedy occurred to the police and swore to themselves to forget about it and move on. But someone didn’t forget. Someone knows what really happened and seems intent on payback. This was a classic “locked room” mystery and if I hadn’t recently read a couple of these I could have rated it higher. The story was well written. The characters, even in their 40s seemed a bit childish however, and, while the pacing was proficient and the clues were doled out at the appropriate times, it was not quite as atmospheric as it could have been. Still and all - a good story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    MissBecka

    I adored the plot, but hated all the characters. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. So, while I got totally engrossed in the story, it was with many many eye rolls and face scrunches that I finished this book. Thanks to NetGalley and Skyhorse Publishing for my DRC.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael David

    This was a fun, Agatha Christie-type mystery that kept me entertained and eager to find out who the culprit was. In 1995, a group of 6 college students live together, and only 5 leave alive. Years later, the 5 are each separately invited to a getaway at a beautiful bed and breakfast, only to realize they’ve been invited together...and they might not leave alive. 3.5 stars rounded up. The characters are mostly unlikeable, but the mystery, deaths, and backstory create an interesting premise. I lov This was a fun, Agatha Christie-type mystery that kept me entertained and eager to find out who the culprit was. In 1995, a group of 6 college students live together, and only 5 leave alive. Years later, the 5 are each separately invited to a getaway at a beautiful bed and breakfast, only to realize they’ve been invited together...and they might not leave alive. 3.5 stars rounded up. The characters are mostly unlikeable, but the mystery, deaths, and backstory create an interesting premise. I love when people find secret passageways and hidden rooms, and this book did not disappoint in those scenarios. All in all, a fun and intriguing book that kept me entertained...and sometimes that’s all I need. Thank you to Lauren A. Forty, Arcade Crimewise, and NetGalley for an ARC.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joy E Perry

    #NetGalley #LaurenA.Forry Well, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Based on some other's reviews I went in not necessarily expecting to like it, but like it I did! This story is about five teenaged college roommates who were each a party to something sinister happening to the sixth roommate. Twenty years later they are all brought together again to a weathered, aged mansion on a Scottish isle, each lured there under false pretenses. The five are given a choice of either telling the truth abo #NetGalley #LaurenA.Forry Well, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Based on some other's reviews I went in not necessarily expecting to like it, but like it I did! This story is about five teenaged college roommates who were each a party to something sinister happening to the sixth roommate. Twenty years later they are all brought together again to a weathered, aged mansion on a Scottish isle, each lured there under false pretenses. The five are given a choice of either telling the truth about what happened to the sixth roommate, or dying. The characters are really interesting in a nutty sort of way. I found myself liking the sixth roommate though; sorry to say the others, not so much. The story was told in both present and past tense, giving us enough background about each to get a feel of their character. I was both disgusted and enraptured by this story. I found it easy to read and read it fairly quickly. Though not my favorite book, I give it a solid 4 stars because I was pulled into the story and entertained thoroughly. I couldn't put it down. I would definitely recommend to someone who enjoys a good mystery. Thanks so much to Skyhorse Publishing for providing me with an advanced review copy of this book I exchange for my honest opinion!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Thank you Net Galley & Skyhorse Publishing for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. ** This was a great easy thriller read for me. I wanted to know who killed Callum; and what their punishment would be. You see our author Lauren Forry did a great job at capturing her readers attention by pulling us in to the house where it all started 215 Caldwell Street. ** It all started in 1995, when 6 university students moved out of their family homes and moved into 215 Caldwell street to start their fresh Thank you Net Galley & Skyhorse Publishing for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. ** This was a great easy thriller read for me. I wanted to know who killed Callum; and what their punishment would be. You see our author Lauren Forry did a great job at capturing her readers attention by pulling us in to the house where it all started 215 Caldwell Street. ** It all started in 1995, when 6 university students moved out of their family homes and moved into 215 Caldwell street to start their freshman year. The 6 to move in were: Lorna, Hollis, Ellie, Maeve, Oliver, and of course Callum. Through reading you picked up on some tension in the house. Tension between Ellie and Oliver, Oliver and Callum, Callum and Maeve. Honestly there were points where I was amazed they didn't all just kill each other.. The end of term party ended with Callum dead, and the other 5 knowing it was one of them who must have killed him... I mean actions at the party alone speak volumes.. but they never spoke of it; and never saw each other again. That was until they all ended up at Wolfheather house; unbeknownst to them. They all were there for personal reason. From winning a weekend away at work, to a rehab; each had their reasons to go to Wolfheather... little did they know this may be their last weekend getaway. Someone knows it was one of them who killed Callum. This person also knows the others did nothing to prevent it; or at least turn them in to cops. I will say I never saw this ending coming... and there were a few good thrills peppered throughout this novel.

  16. 4 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook

    4.5 Stars I saw mixed reviews for this book but wanted to give the author a chance as I really liked the premise. I am really surprised with all the bad reviews as I enjoyed this book, a lot, and I read it in one sitting. I started last night thinking I'd get a chapter or two in (the chapters are quite long yet didn't feel like it!) but boy did I get sucked into this story! This is a compelling story with a group of characters who are quite varied and give the reader a good look at their issues, 4.5 Stars I saw mixed reviews for this book but wanted to give the author a chance as I really liked the premise. I am really surprised with all the bad reviews as I enjoyed this book, a lot, and I read it in one sitting. I started last night thinking I'd get a chapter or two in (the chapters are quite long yet didn't feel like it!) but boy did I get sucked into this story! This is a compelling story with a group of characters who are quite varied and give the reader a good look at their issues, secrets and pasts as well as a bird's eye view of the current disturbing situation. As readers progress through this character-driven read, they'll begin to doubt their initial ideas of the culprit's identity which heightens the tension and makes for a wonderfully twisted murder mystery. Overall, this was a refreshing and clever whodunit that has a healthy dose of menace, an intriguing ensemble of characters and spattering of murder that puts the characters as well as the reader on the edge of their seats. While this book gives a hearty nod to Dame Christie (an author who knew a thing or two about how to craft a well-written mystery), Ms. Forry provides readers with a compelling, multi-layered old-school mystery with her own personal touches. I did take half a star off because it was a little over the top. Thank you NetGalley, Lauren A. Forry, Skyhorse Publishing and Arcade Crimewise for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own. #NetGalley

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    DNF at 38% Between the cover and the synopsis, this sounded like everything I could have wanted and yet I just couldn’t get invested. There are several moving parts here and it started with a bang. I was instantly intrigued at the journal set up and those chapters were the parts I was mostly looking forward to. The multiple plot lines and time jumps were clunky and several of the characters sounded the same. Everyone is unlikable {which I expected}, but I couldn’t find anyone to root for or to ha DNF at 38% Between the cover and the synopsis, this sounded like everything I could have wanted and yet I just couldn’t get invested. There are several moving parts here and it started with a bang. I was instantly intrigued at the journal set up and those chapters were the parts I was mostly looking forward to. The multiple plot lines and time jumps were clunky and several of the characters sounded the same. Everyone is unlikable {which I expected}, but I couldn’t find anyone to root for or to hate enough to want to see their comeuppance happen. I likely would have kept skimming through if not for a scene with one of the characters asking the other what happened the night before when she woke up in his bed and him shaming her. That coupled with the reactions from the other characters made this a hard stop for me. Overall, this book had a lot of potential, but it never clicked for me. And I will never be okay with characters glossing over and joking about the possible sexual assault of another character. **Huge thanks to the publisher for providing the arc free of charge**

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    *** 3.75- 4 Stars *** Expected Publication: June 2nd, 2020 In 1995, six university students move into a house but only 5 survive the year. What happened to the 6th and who caused it?? Twenty five years later the remaining 5 people are lured back to the house but what for? This story started problematic for me, I must admit. I found the beginning extremely confusing and with the alternating time periods and so many characters being introduced, I almost gave up because I felt I couldn't get a grasp *** 3.75- 4 Stars *** Expected Publication: June 2nd, 2020 In 1995, six university students move into a house but only 5 survive the year. What happened to the 6th and who caused it?? Twenty five years later the remaining 5 people are lured back to the house but what for? This story started problematic for me, I must admit. I found the beginning extremely confusing and with the alternating time periods and so many characters being introduced, I almost gave up because I felt I couldn't get a grasp on what was happening. However, I am SO glad I stuck through this because by ~20% in, things started clicking and I became invested. I'd encourage others to power through the beginning because the story line is worth it. It felt like "Clue" or a modern Agatha Christie "whodunit" with so many twists and turns. It was extremely suspenseful and I felt myself racing through the pages at the end to figure everything out. One thing I found to be a negative but it did work for the story was that I couldn't stand a single character, they are just seemed like such horrible people. Typically I want to relate to a character to enjoy the story but with this mystery/thriller it works to have them all be jerks! Special thanks to NetGalley and Arcade Crimwise for allowing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    *:・゚✧ Isabelle

    When you (or your publisher) compares your book to a masterpiece such as Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, you either a) have the guts to do so or b) really think your book is that mystery. I, myself, am a HUGE fan of ATTWN, and after I read it in the description that’s all that was in my mind as I was reading this novel. They Did Bad Things: A Thriller is a creepy--if not outright scary at times--mystery that brings five adults to face the things they did twenty years prior. This big When you (or your publisher) compares your book to a masterpiece such as Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, you either a) have the guts to do so or b) really think your book is that mystery. I, myself, am a HUGE fan of ATTWN, and after I read it in the description that’s all that was in my mind as I was reading this novel. They Did Bad Things: A Thriller is a creepy--if not outright scary at times--mystery that brings five adults to face the things they did twenty years prior. This big incident revolves around their university flat and one of their flatmates, Callum, whose death was ruled an accident. But the characters know otherwise. As we begin the story, we are introduced to the characters we’ll see suffer for the next 288 pages. There’s the newly promoted detective Hollis, the ever “people-hating” Lorna, princess Ellie, absolute bastard Olliver, and little miss Maeve. We’re introduced to them through a series of montages of them arriving at the Wolfheather house, which was a really creative way to let us get to know all of them without being confusing. The characters were all unique in their own ways but the dynamic between them all was subpar. When together, they all seemed to merge into this one swearing, panicking monster and all that fleshed out characterisation that we had just been introduced to disappeared. This made the characters not so enjoyable to read about, and I honestly felt nothing toward them. At least, nothing to make me root for them. In a way I suppose that was the point, considering the book’s name is "They Did Bad Things." Either way, the quality of the characters dragged down the quality of the overall book for me, which is why I took away a star. The plot, however...the plot was absolutely spectacular. Being a mystery, I don’t think I can say much without ruining the book for others, so I’ll try to keep it vague. This is where I saw the most parallels with And Then There Were None. And no, it’s not just because of the whole being-trapped-with-other-people-who-did-bad-things-in-a-house situation, but in the way Forry brings us through the story. In between all the exploration and death and red-herrings is a very well thought out scheme and motive that I hate to admit I didn’t see coming. Least to say I fell for quite a few of those red-herrings... The writing drags back and forth between present day and twenty years prior with many shifts between POVs. While I didn’t mind the time shifting, I felt the POV changes to be unnecessary, and that the whole novel would’ve been better just written in third person (omniscient or limited, either works). It wasn’t annoying per se, more of a formatting issue that hindered the flow of the text. Lorry’s conclusion to the novel surpassed most of my mystery expectations. She didn’t just start revealing random information at the very end in order to draw shock factor, but dropped hints throughout the whole novel and at the very end brought them together to make sense. Unlike many other far-fetched mystery endings I’ve read, the ending to They Did Bad Things: A Thriller felt wholly deserved and left me satisfied. As a self-proclaimed And Then There Were None fan, I can safely say that They Did Bad Things: A Thriller rightly deserves that comparison. While I still find myself longing for the characterisation of characters such as Vera Claythorne and Justice Wargrave, the plot is just too good to pass out on. If you’re a fan of mysteries, thrillers, and very cleverly thought out schemes, They Did Bad Things: A Thriller is worth a shot. TW: Mentions of rape, lots of violence, somewhat vivid descriptions of blood. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sharah McConville

    They Did Bad Things is a riveting novel by Lauren Forry. 20 years ago Hollis, Ellie, Oliver, Lorna, Maeve, and Callum lived together in run-down student accommodation at 215 Caldwell Street, while at University together. The six housemates became five after a disastrous house party. 20 years later the five remaining housemates find themselves together again at Wolfheather House, Isle of Doon, Scotland. None of them know who has summoned them or why they are there. The remote Scottish B&B holiday They Did Bad Things is a riveting novel by Lauren Forry. 20 years ago Hollis, Ellie, Oliver, Lorna, Maeve, and Callum lived together in run-down student accommodation at 215 Caldwell Street, while at University together. The six housemates became five after a disastrous house party. 20 years later the five remaining housemates find themselves together again at Wolfheather House, Isle of Doon, Scotland. None of them know who has summoned them or why they are there. The remote Scottish B&B holiday they had in mind isn't what they expected. I think the pink lounge on the books cover is a great touch! Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for my copy.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Carter

    Five people arrive separately at Wolfheather House, a secluded mansion on an isle in Scotland, after being lured by false pretenses. What do these 5 people have in common? Twenty years ago, they all lived together in a house while attending university along with one other person. But that sixth person had been found dead on the couch one morning after a party almost 20 years ago. The death was ruled an accident, but the five other housemates know the truth. Now they are trapped together in the m Five people arrive separately at Wolfheather House, a secluded mansion on an isle in Scotland, after being lured by false pretenses. What do these 5 people have in common? Twenty years ago, they all lived together in a house while attending university along with one other person. But that sixth person had been found dead on the couch one morning after a party almost 20 years ago. The death was ruled an accident, but the five other housemates know the truth. Now they are trapped together in the mansion and they either have to confess their crimes or die. This book sounded interesting and although I didn’t find myself bored per say, I did find it hard to follow along due to the formatting and writing. I’m not sure if this was caused from it being an electronic early reviewer copy or not. *I received a reviewer copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Willis

    This one sounded so promising. A creepy house, 5 roommates who hadn't seen each other in 20 years and a mysterious death. It was interesting how the author introduced the characters by way of an invitation to a weekend away. But the book went downhill from there. It was slow and hard to follow. The characters were all unlikable, underdeveloped and boring. Unfortunately, I can not recommend this book to anyone.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    At the start of Lauren A. Forry's twisty tale, They Did Bad Things, we know that something has happened at Wolfheather House on the Isle of Doon. Five former university students who shared a house at 215 Caldwell Street are brought together for the first time in years. Each lured to this remote house for different reasons. But the truth is far more sinister. Callum, their sixth housemate died accidentally, but someone knows what happened that night, and Hollis, Lorna, Ellie, Oliver, and Maeve wi At the start of Lauren A. Forry's twisty tale, They Did Bad Things, we know that something has happened at Wolfheather House on the Isle of Doon. Five former university students who shared a house at 215 Caldwell Street are brought together for the first time in years. Each lured to this remote house for different reasons. But the truth is far more sinister. Callum, their sixth housemate died accidentally, but someone knows what happened that night, and Hollis, Lorna, Ellie, Oliver, and Maeve will need to either tell the truth or die. As shocked as they are to see each other, with no cell reception or easy way to leave, these frenemies must work together to discover who else is in the house. Told in the past and present by these characters and an unknown narrator, the question is which of them did it and why. Yes, everyone swears they are innocent and quite willing to accuse each other. Soon, the body count starts to rise and as the suspects diminish, more secrets are revealed. Out of all my many guesses, I didn't come close to figuring this one out! The book description states, “And Then There Were None meets The Last Time I Lied”, and I would add there are references and an overall feeling of Clue as well. I read this on Sunday and did not put it down until I was done. The characters were well-written and though I can't say I liked any of them, nobody deserves to be murdered in an old, isolated house! I can't believe this is the first time I heard of this author, but I will be rectifying that soon. I received a DRC from Arcade Crimewise through Edelweiss +.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    This thriller checks off all the boxes I like in a novel: part school setting, secrets from the past, teen jealousies, mean girls, intrigue, dead bodies....Check, check, and check! Clearly Forry channeled Agatha Christie and Hitchcock when she wrote this and I was intrigued by the present/past storyline which has five students from college re-convened without each other's knowledge, only to be confronted by the death of a classmate they have all attempted to forget and erase. Creepy basements, c This thriller checks off all the boxes I like in a novel: part school setting, secrets from the past, teen jealousies, mean girls, intrigue, dead bodies....Check, check, and check! Clearly Forry channeled Agatha Christie and Hitchcock when she wrote this and I was intrigued by the present/past storyline which has five students from college re-convened without each other's knowledge, only to be confronted by the death of a classmate they have all attempted to forget and erase. Creepy basements, candlesticks, ominous notes, a rainstorm, and a remote location that's hard to escape. Yep, it's an awesome storyline with many surprises! Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Twenty years ago six college students shared a house. A few months later, one of them was found dead in the living room following an end of year party. The police ruled his death an accident ... but the remaining students knew different. The truth of what happened to the 6th housemate has not stay buried. Today, the 5 remaining students, who haven't seen or talked to each other in years, all arrive at a crumbing, secluded mansion. All have been invited to be there by one pretext or another. Trapped Twenty years ago six college students shared a house. A few months later, one of them was found dead in the living room following an end of year party. The police ruled his death an accident ... but the remaining students knew different. The truth of what happened to the 6th housemate has not stay buried. Today, the 5 remaining students, who haven't seen or talked to each other in years, all arrive at a crumbing, secluded mansion. All have been invited to be there by one pretext or another. 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. This was just an okay read for me. I honestly did not like any of the roommates and I didn't care for all the in-fighting and bickering, The story bounced back and forth in time which left me having to backtrack what I'd already read. I have ambivalent feelings about the ending. I wasn't invested in the story, so I found it less than suspenseful. Many thanks to the author / Skyhorse Publishing / Arcade Crimewise / Netgalley for the digital copy of this psychological thriller. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jade

    The premise of this book sounded great, really great. However, even from the start it was difficult for me to get into. The story alternated between characters and time lines with a "mysterious POV" thrown in from time to time. This made it even harder to really get into the book. The pacing felt off and I felt that there was too much going on which made it confusing. I did not like the characters, not that they were supposed to be likable. I could not help comparing it to Agatha Christie's And T The premise of this book sounded great, really great. However, even from the start it was difficult for me to get into. The story alternated between characters and time lines with a "mysterious POV" thrown in from time to time. This made it even harder to really get into the book. The pacing felt off and I felt that there was too much going on which made it confusing. I did not like the characters, not that they were supposed to be likable. I could not help comparing it to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None and it really fell short for me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Rating: 2.5 This book started off good, but I stopped caring at around 70% through it. All of the characters were terrible people (because that's the point) but a couple of them were tolerable. The problem was that the ones who were the most tolerable, got the least amount of time in the book. It switches perspectives and time a lot. Mostly from the events leading up to Callum's death to 20 years later. I stopped caring about Callum very quickly. The author just continues to tell you how much of Rating: 2.5 This book started off good, but I stopped caring at around 70% through it. All of the characters were terrible people (because that's the point) but a couple of them were tolerable. The problem was that the ones who were the most tolerable, got the least amount of time in the book. It switches perspectives and time a lot. Mostly from the events leading up to Callum's death to 20 years later. I stopped caring about Callum very quickly. The author just continues to tell you how much of a good person he is and how terrible everyone else is. I need more than that to care about his death, it just felt too detached to me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ If you are a fan of Agatha Christie, this one is a modern twist on the genre that you’ll enjoy! PLOT SUMMARY: Twenty years ago, six young adults met for the first time when they became housemates at Caldwell Place during their first year of university. Personality issues, family stresses, and many, many secrets prevent them from truly becoming friends. But which one became a murderer? When reunited under mysterious circumstances, will Hollis, Ellie, Oliver, Lorna and Maeve finally reve Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ If you are a fan of Agatha Christie, this one is a modern twist on the genre that you’ll enjoy! PLOT SUMMARY: Twenty years ago, six young adults met for the first time when they became housemates at Caldwell Place during their first year of university. Personality issues, family stresses, and many, many secrets prevent them from truly becoming friends. But which one became a murderer? When reunited under mysterious circumstances, will Hollis, Ellie, Oliver, Lorna and Maeve finally reveal the truth about what happened twenty years earlier? Well, one of them has to, or they will all die...how’s that for a fun weekend away? PROS and CONS: Wow! There is ALOT going on in this one...you will need to have a very good memory for names, and a very good mind for seeing house layouts in order to truly understand just what’s going on! I enjoyed the challenge of keeping all the information straight, and I liked the two timelines - one from when the six characters were first in university, and later when they are reunited at Wolfheather House for their mysterious weekend away. They all had reasons to feel guilty, but one had more reasons than the rest... who was it? This one will certainly keep you guessing. Although I was curious about the murderer, to me the real mystery was: Who is pulling the strings on this dreadful weekend, and who wants to see them all punished? There are many characters and scenarios that seem possible, but I must admit that although I liked some of the ending, I did think that part of it came completely out of left field. But that could just be me! There is definitely a lot of action and drama, and a locked room mystery is always fun to read. YES or NO: It’s a YES if you like complicated mysteries with lots of characters! I enjoyed it! 4 Stars

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Five friends from University arrive at Wolfheather House, a crumbling secluded mansion on the Scottish Isle of Doon, where they are taking a break. Pals, Hollis, Ellie, Oliver, Lorna, Maeve, and Callum shared the same house, 215 Caldwell Street, back in the day, but after their end-of-year party one of them was found dead on the sofa. The death was ruled an accident at the time, however, all of the remaining five roommates know that it wasn't. Now, they have been baited to turn up at the remote Five friends from University arrive at Wolfheather House, a crumbling secluded mansion on the Scottish Isle of Doon, where they are taking a break. Pals, Hollis, Ellie, Oliver, Lorna, Maeve, and Callum shared the same house, 215 Caldwell Street, back in the day, but after their end-of-year party one of them was found dead on the sofa. The death was ruled an accident at the time, however, all of the remaining five roommates know that it wasn't. Now, they have been baited to turn up at the remote Scottish property that has no link with the outside world. Someone wants them to confess their roles in their roommate's death... or die. They Did Bad Things is told in seamlessly transitioning chapters between past and present, narrated by the five roommates and one other person's diary entries. This style worked very well for me, making unfolding events easy to follow. The characterisation by Lauren A. Forry was very well done and each had plenty of essential unlikable personality. I was invested in all of them and needed to know how the story would pan out. Wolfheather House had its own identity, complete with the secret passages, and hidden rooms, creating a wonderful creepiness, sense of unease, and general ominous vibe. The atmosphere of the old hotel during a terrible storm added further darkness to the story. They Did Bad Things is an enthralling locked-room thriller that included good dollops of harboured secrets, evil, jealousy, lies, and intrigue. A pretty good all-round, riveting read. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Skyhorse Publishing via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Lucille

    You’re not afraid of doing bad things. You’re afraid of getting punished for them. They Did Bad Things is heart-pounding, modern version of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. It opens with Hollis, a detective taking a vacation on a remote island. He arrives at what he believes to be a bed and breakfast but what he finds is shocking: his four former college flatmates who, along with him, led a part in the murder of classmate. Finding themselves trapped at the house, the five guests are slo You’re not afraid of doing bad things. You’re afraid of getting punished for them. They Did Bad Things is heart-pounding, modern version of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. It opens with Hollis, a detective taking a vacation on a remote island. He arrives at what he believes to be a bed and breakfast but what he finds is shocking: his four former college flatmates who, along with him, led a part in the murder of classmate. Finding themselves trapped at the house, the five guests are slowly murdered off while trying to uncover who was really to blame for Callum’s murder. The story alternates perspectives and timelines to keep readers guessing on what really happened 20 years ago. This structure of writing kept the suspense up in the novel and kept readers on their toes. I never would have guessed the true identity of the narrator. They Did Bad Things was an entertaining and thrilling read that shows that no one is ever completely innocent. This review is also published on my blog!

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