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Anything You Do Say – Gillian McAllister

“5 stars and a brilliant, thought-provoking and original story”

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?

My Review:  What a brilliant, thought-provoking and original story!  Anything You Do Say is being marketed as “Gone Girl meets Sliding Doors” which possibly won’t entice you to read it if you didn’t like Gone Girl, so here are my thoughts.

Anything You Do Say is an intelligent and clever story involving Joanna who has to make a life changing decision when she pushes an unknown assailant down a concrete flight of stairs; should she call the ambulance and admit her actions or should she flee the scene and pretend it never happened.

The story really takes off after this attack and alternating between “Conceal” and “Reveal” chapters we follow the two paths Joanna has taken, both filled with guilt, lies, fear and secrets.

Throughout the book the authors knowledge of the criminal justice system was clearly evident and I felt all the emotions Joanna was experiencing in both the Conceal and Reveal stories were plausible and realistic.  A really gripping thriller that certainly makes the reader think about the paths they could have chosen in certain circumstances.   This is Gillian McAllister’s second novel and in my personal opinion is her best yet!

About The Author:  Gillian says “I am an author. Everything But The Truth, my debut novel, came out with Penguin in March this year and I am absolutely terrified. I like my very orange cat, reading books in bed while it rains, taking baths so hot they turn my skin pink and that moment where you think ‘what if . . . ‘ and a novel idea is born”.  Read more about Gillian here

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