Book Review: ANYTHING YOU DO SAY by Gillian McAllister

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ANYTHING YOU DO SAY is a tense and thought-provoking thriller that will leave a lasting impression

One of the advantages of running an entertainment blog is discovering new material.  Every now and again, an exceptional film, album or book comes along that knocks you off your feet and ANYTHING YOU DO SAY by Gillian McAllister is one of them. 

ANYTHING YOU DO SAY follows the story of Joanna, a young woman from London, who on her way home after a night out, believes she is being followed. Hearing the footsteps speed up and fearing it is the man from the bar who wouldn’t leave her alone, Joanna panics and pushes with all of her might, sending her pursuer tumbling down the steps to lie motionless on the floor. Now Joanna has to make a decision: Call the emergency services or leave him and run? Fight or flight? Reveal or conceal?

Described as “GONE GIRL meets SLIDING DOORS”, ANYTHING YOU DO SAY is an edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller with a moral dilemma. Told in alternating chapters – one in which Joanna reveals herself to the police and one in which she conceals her actions and walks away – the dual narrative is told at a relentless pace, leaving the reader gripped right until the very end.

Like her debut EVERYTHING BUT THE TRUTH, McAllister pulls no punches with her writing, laying it all out for the reader and handling the dual narrative with tremendous skill. Each chapter, voiced by Joanna, is incredibly well written with a forensic eye for detail. The characters are also well-defined and realistically flawed.

Whichever route you follow, it is easy to sympathise with the protagonist Joanna. As an avoider for most of her adult life, she would much rather ignore a situation than face it head on and as the story develops, it is fascinating to witness how her character changes as both parts of the story unfold.

But what makes ANYTHING YOU DO SAY really special is the moral dilemma at the heart of the story. The plot leaves you constantly questioning what you would do in the same scenario and how a momentary, split second decision can suddenly change your life, for better or for worse.

It’s difficult to say much more without giving away the plot but suffice to say, this is a tense and thought-provoking thriller that will leave a lasting impression.

(5 / 5)

ANYTHING YOU DO SAY by Gillian McAllister is released on 25 January 2018 and is available on Amazon* and Penguin UK 

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