I am delighted to be part of the #blogtour for Gillian McAllister’s latest book No Further Questions and my thanks to the publisher, Penguin Random House UK and Jenny Platt for inviting me and Netgalley for my advanced copy.
About the book: The police say she’s guilty.
She insists she’s innocent.
She’s your sister.
You loved her.
You trusted her.
But they say she killed your child.
Who do you believe?
My Review: This is the 3rd book by Gillian McAllister and I think it’s fair to say each book gets better. It’s due to the authors expertise and knowledge of the legal system that her books are so plausible and riveting.
Our main narrator is Martha, who tells us her heartbreaking story of the death of her 8 week old daughter Layla, whilst in the care of her sister Becky. Becky is now facing a court-case charged with the murder of her niece which has obviously splintered the families involved.
What happened on “the night of?”, was Layla’s death an accident or was she smothered? Each key witness now retells their version of events and I personally found that each chapter introducing the witnesses gave the story more credibility and depth.
The only slight niggle for me as a mother is whether I would be able to be as forgiving or supportive to my sister if my baby died whilst under their supervision, but towards the end of the book, I accepted Martha’s feelings which I think is the sign of a great writer when they can make the reader change their mind and see another point of view which they wouldn’t normally have.
What I absolutely love about Gillian’s books is the originality and the way she weaves all the characters together so seamlessly. Would I recommend this book? Hell Yeah!
About the author:
I am an author. Everything But The Truth, my debut novel, came out with Penguin in March 2017 and was a Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller.
Anything You Do Say followed in January 2018 and was both a print and a kindle bestseller.
No Further Questions is coming in ebook in July and in October in paperback.
I am a lawyer, practising in Birmingham. 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.