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?
Completely original and gob-smackingly good!
Gillian McAllister has a triumph on her hands with ‘Anything You Do Say’. Suspenseful in the extreme and completely different to any other novel I have read – and I read a LOT! With a tag-line of Gone Girl meets Sliding Doors I was intrigued, having read one and never seen the other (too busy reading), I found the blurb too tempting to ignore and I’m so happy I chose this book.
Joanna is clever, smart and has a very overactive imagination while the practicalities of her husband, Reuben, allow her to live life in her own little bubble. Following an ‘incident’, however, Joanna has choices to make about which direction to follow and this is where the author – very cleverly in my opinion – turns the story into alternating chapters, each showing what would happen if she chose one path or the other. I read this book in under 24 hours, so desperate was I to find out what happened next and I was not disappointed. And if you too want to know – read the book, I don’t do spoilers!
The research for this novel must have been immense and it is meticulous. I don’t for one moment think the author wrote from experience. Even if I wanted to find fault, I could not. Completely original and gob-smackingly good. Having already read Gillian McAllister’s debut novel, I am thrilled that the follow-up has maintained the high standard she set for herself and have no hesitation in recommending this one.
My considerable thanks to publishers Penguin for allowing me to access an arc via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: psychological suspense, thriller
Published by Penguin
Also by Gillian McAllister