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How To Disappear – Gillian McAllister

What do you do when you can’t run, and you can’t hide?

Lauren’s daughter Zara witnessed a terrible crime. But speaking up comes with a price, and when Zara’s identity is revealed online, it puts a target on her back.

The only choice is to disappear.

To keep Zara safe Lauren will give up everything and everyone she loves, even her husband.

There will be no goodbyes. Their pasts will be rewritten. New names, new home, new lives.

The rules are strict for a reason. They are being hunted. One mistake – a text, an Instagram like – could bring their old lives crashing into the new.

They can never assume someone isn’t watching, waiting.

As Lauren will learn, disappearing is easy. Staying hidden is harder…

My Review:

OMG – my heart is still pounding, my sphincter is still clenching and my breath is still ragged and I can’t express how much I loved this book, but as I am a blogger and you are here to read my reviews I will try….

This is Gillian’s latest standalone books and like her previous books How to Disappear has a clever and unique legal theme with a major moral dilemma.  In How To Disappear the author creates the most unimaginative situation that you can’t help but imagine.. does that even make sense?  (It sounded better in my head) and I was taken on a seriously scary journey putting myself in the characters shoes and trying to work out if I would do the same.

Mum Lauren is incredibly happy, blissfully married to Aidan, raising her teenage daughter Zara and co-parenting Aidan’s teenage daughter Poppy in their Islington home.  Their blended family works perfectly and harmoniously until the day Zara witnesses a horrific and violent crime.  When the case goes to trial everything falls apart and Zara’s life is in danger.  The only option left is to go into Witness Protection.

Here lies the moral dilemma.  Aidan loves his wife and step-daughter, but he also loves his daughter Poppy who lives with her mum and can’t leave them behind, so he makes the almost unimaginable decision to let Lauren and Zara go – shattering his world and heart into a tiny thousand pieces, leaving him a broken man.

Lauren doesn’t want to leave Aidan – he is her soulmate, her better half, her best friend, but her daughter Zara is in mortal danger and so she reluctantly leaves her family, friends, job, home and entire life to ensure Zara is safe.

Honestly, I can’t stop thinking about this book.  The characters were so believable and the situation they were thrust into was so awful that I defy any reader not to feel some sort of emotion or reaction.

I am not going to go on and on.. although I probably could but I will say that this is definitely going into my Top Ten of 2020 and that I 100% recommend it to everyone and don’t get me started on THAT ending!!!

About the Author:

Gillian McAllister has been writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated with an English degree before working as a lawyer. She lives in Birmingham, where she now writes full-time. She is the Sunday Times bestselling author of Everything but the Truth, Anything You Do Say, No Further Questions and The Evidence Against You.

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