That Night by Gillian McAllister


‘Incredibly tense and gripping’ ADELE PARKS

‘Kept me guessing and kept me fooled. Clever, pacy and so gripping that my heart raced’ 

‘This absolutely blew me away. Properly unputdownable’

‘Another unputdownable what-would-you-do thriller, rich with McAllister’s trademark twists and emotional depth’ 

What would you do to protect your family?


During a family holiday in Italy, you get an urgent call from your sister.

There’s been an accident: she hit a man with her car and he’s dead. She asks for your help.

She’d cover for you, so will you do the same for her?

But when the police come calling, the lies start . . .

And you each begin to doubt one another.

What really happened that night?

Who is lying to who?


Gillian McAllister is one of my must read authors and has been since I picked up her very first book. That Night is her sixth book and I have to say that with every book her writing just blows me away even more. And I was thrilled to see last week that That Night has been selected as part of the Richard and Judy Summer Picks! So what better recommendation for you if you’ve never picked up one of Gillian’s books before! That Night is an addictive read so be prepared to be up most of the night once you start it…

I do love a slow burning psychological thriller and That Night gradually crept up on me until I was completely caught within its pages. It’s a story about family loyalty and what happens to three siblings when, one evening, a call comes through to say that one of the siblings has knocked over and killed someone. What would you do? Cathy and Joe rush to help Frannie as soon as they can but “that night” puts everything they have ever believed in at risk. It’s told in the third person by the siblings and by one of them in first person as they await a trial-but we aren’t informed which trial or who will be in the dock. I have to say that I do love to hate characters but these three really did have the most unlikable personalities and reactions to what has happened! I read on in horror after their initial actions and that shock continued throughout until the final few pages when things become much clearer to the the reader.

Gillian McAllister writes so beautifully that not a word is wasted as she brings her characters and settings to life. I could practically smell the lemon trees and feel the heat of the sunshine on my face as I followed the Italian holiday that the family were on. Even the (not quite so exotic!) setting of Birmingham was brought perfectly to life with a detailed description of the city as the characters make their way around familiar landmarks. I felt perfectly at home as I followed the siblings home to real life-a life that each of them struggle to adapt to after the happenings of “that night”.

A compelling and often surprising storyline that has once again been researched to within and inch of its life but this means that Gillian McAllister has once again pulled a brilliant book out of the bag! Read it now!

Gillian McAllister is the Sunday Times Top 10 bestselling author of Everything But The Truth, Anything You Do Say, No Further Questions, The Evidence Against You and How To Disappear. 

Her latest release is That Night, available now and selected for the Richard & Judy summer book club 2021. 

All of her novels are standalone and can be read in any order. She is published in ten countries around the world. The Good Sister is her US debut, released by Penguin USA, and is the American title for No Further Questions. The Choice is her second American release which is the US title for Anything You Do Say. 

You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @gillianmauthor. She also blogs at

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.