Book review: What Goes Around by Julie Corbin...


"Two women, two secrets, one murder...

What Goes Around is the story of two women - Ellen and Leila. Ellen is the ex-wife and Leila is the new woman, living in Ellen's house, sleeping with Ellen's husband. Each woman has her own secrets to keep. Leila's brother is back in her life and is determined to rake up their past while Ellen is out for revenge. She wants her home back and she wants Leila to pay for breaking up her marriage. Her plan will make her do things she never thought herself capable of - but it will also put her in danger. Because Ellen has no idea what sort of a woman Leila is and when she finally finds out, it could already be too late...

One of the women will end up dead. But which one?"


The best way I can describe What Goes Around is very readable. It flows well and pulls you into the story of two very different women. The narrative is split between the two as we see two contrasting sides of a marriage break up- the women he left and the women he left her for. I was worried this was going to go down a tired cliched route of two women hating each other and much eye rolling but I'm glad to say it didn't. Of the two women I personally found Leila the most interesting. She was a unique character who came across as quite cold and calculating but under the surface there was a dark past that went some way to explaining her character. Although Ellen could be a little bland at times her OCD and anxiety was explored well- it was clearly researched and was written in a sympathetic and realistic way.

The book threw up a lot of twists. I must admit a lot of them were fairly predictable and a few of them seemed on the unrealistic side but if you like juicy full on drama then you will enjoy the twists and turns of the story. 

Overall this was an enjoyable read about revenge and the reality of it. It perhaps wasn't the most unique story I've read but I enjoyed the writing and found it very easy to get into and towards the end was pretty gripped. I think I'll definitely explore Julie Corbin's previous books at some point. 

If you are looking for an enjoyable, easy-read psychological thriller with intriguing characters then definitely pick up What Goes Around. 


What Goes Around is available now in paperback here.

I gave this book a 3/5 on Goodreads.

[Thanks to Jenni at Hodder for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.]

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