I am thrilled to be a stop today on the Anything You Do Say blog tour…AND IT’S PUBLICATION DAY!!
Gone Girl meets Sliding Doors in this edge-of-your-seat thriller
Joanna is an avoider. So far she has spent her adult life hiding bank statements and changing career aspirations weekly.
But then one night Joanna hears footsteps on the way home. Is she being followed? She is sure it’s him; the man from the bar who wouldn’t leave her alone. Hearing the steps speed up Joanna turns and pushes with all of her might, sending her pursuer tumbling down the steps and lying motionless on the floor.
Now Joanna has to do the thing she hates most – make a decision. Fight or flight? Truth or lie? Right or wrong?
I absolutely loved Gillian McAllisters debut novel Everything but The Truth as you can see from my review HERE
So I couldn’t wait to read Anything You Do Say as I just had to find out if Gillian McAllister could match the magic of her wonderful debut. And you know what? She absolutely has! This is such a thought provoking read with an intriguing plot that has been very carefully crafted then given a very clever delivery. It packed an emotional punch that left me mentally drained by the end but I absolutely loved it. No other book has made my head ache as much this year as I had to ask myself…. what would I have done? We all like to think that we would always do the right thing in this type of situation but until we are actually faced with a dilemma of this magnitude, we can’t honestly say what we would be prepared to do. And we have all been there haven’t we? Just had that millisecond of hesitation before doing “the right thing”. But what if that right thing is actually the wrong thing? How do you know and more importantly, which path will it take you down?
I think the Sliding Doors comparison gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect from the plot here. That a decision made by Joanna, when she pushes her supposed attacker down a flight of steps, leads to two parallel timelines. One is the Reveal ….where she calls the police to tell them what happened and the other is the Conceal ….where she decides to leave the man laying where he fell and just goes home. Both storylines carry a fascinating insight into the mindset of our main protagonist Joanna as well as her relationship with her husband Reuben. Reuben was a complex personality and I was never quite sure whether I liked him or not. My feelings for him remained undecided throughout both sides of this moral dilemma as I watched this couple struggle to come to terms with the decision that had been made. The initial act of violence, although committed by a frightened woman as an act of perceived self defence, caused a ripple effect that became distorted by the underlying truth of what really happened and Joannas unexpected journey of self discovery.
I was gripped from first page till last here. Completely engrossed equally in each timeline desperate to see how Joanna copes with the fallout of both scenarios. Gillian McAllister emotionally involves her readers, immersing them completely in her own style and uniquely conceived concepts. Her ideas and the way she developed them made me love every single minute of this book This talented author has now become one of my very favourites, captivating me with her intelligent and well thought out storylines. Very highly recommended by me.
Anything You Do Say is available to purchase from today from Amazon UK and at time of writing is only 99p! My review copy of this book came from the publisher via netgalley.
Meet the author…
Gillian McAllister has been writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated with an English degree and lives in Birmingham where she now works as a lawyer. Her debut novel Everything But The Truth was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. You can find her on Twitter @gillianmauthor