That Night – Gillian McAllister

What would you do to protect your family?


That night everything changed.

The night Frannie commited a murder, but she didn’t mean to…

That night we helped her bury the body, what else could we do?

One hot summers night in Italy, Joe and Cathy Plant receive a phone call that will change their lives forever.

Their sister Frannie has killed a man, and she needs their help.

They were always close, some might say too close, siblings who worked together, lived next door to each other

And now they’ve buried a body together…

But when they return to England, Frannie, Joe and Cathy become tangled in lies in they’ve been telling,

to the police, to their friends, to each other…

But if you can’t trust your family, who can you trust?

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.

My Review:

Gillian McAllister is one of the most original and thought-provoking authors and once again she has delivered a gut-wrenching, page-turning story.

That Night is her latest standalone legal(ish) thriller which is due out on 10th June and my thanks to her publisher for my early copy.

This story centres around the Plant family, siblings Frannie, Joe and Cathy work together in the family veterinary practice, live next door to each other in a quiet village and holiday together in Verona. A close family unit which finds itself tested to their very limits when Frannie calls her siblings in the middle of the night having accidentally hit a pedestrian and killed him.

Narrated through the various characters, That Night retells the story of the accidental killing and how far the siblings would go to protect their sister and cover up her crime.

Their unnaturally close and often claustrophobic relationship makes for some uncomfortable moments, especially when each sibling begins to question their loyalty and guilt starts to manifest and multiply causing feelings of paranoia.

I personally found it difficult to warm to any of the characters so my feelings towards their situation wasn’t as invested as I have been in the authors previous books.

There were moments when I questioned the characters motives and actions and many times I asked myself if I would do the same for my siblings (the answer is probably not!). There are several twisty moments throughout the story and I was pleasantly surprised a couple of times towards the end as I didn’t see the twists coming.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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