Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister

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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

On a night out something terrible happens, it is a night that could change everything with far-reaching consequences that impacts on the lives of so many.

Told with a dual narrative and two different paths the story follows Jo down both of these paths leading her to separate possible futures. Both start off exactly the same but the different outcomes for the same action couldn’t be more different.

Path One – Conceal and Path Two – Reveal.

What would you do? Truth or lie? Conceal or reveal?

Moving between the two scenarios is seamless and smooth. No confusion or losing track of what’s happening. Its like having two good books in one and both are as good as each other. Sometimes with these dual stories and narratives one tends to resonate more than the other but with this book both are equally as good. Both the Conceal and Reveal stories are so plausible and realistic that it is easy to see that this could actually happen to anyone, which makes it relatable and scary.

Touching on issues like relationships, friendship, trust and lies and an intimate look into one couple’s marriage this book will have you reflecting on your own and you cant help but ask yourself what would I do?

I found it fascinating to see the differences in Joanna’s relationships with friends and colleagues in each timeline, how it effected those relationships, how it changed their lives as well as her own. The characters are all so incredibly well fleshed out and well-rounded that they could so easily be real people making them really easy to relate to.

A really gripping thriller with enough suspense running throughout to keep you glued.

It has been marketed as “Gone Girl meets Sliding Doors” but if you weren’t a massive fan of Gone Girl don’t let that put you off reading this book. Judge it on its own merit as it deserves to be.

Anything You Do Say can be purchased now below and it is a book I would defiantly recommend!

Many thanks to the author Gillian McAllister, publishers Penguin UK – Michael Joseph and NetGalley for my copy in exchange for an honest, independent review.

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