Read: 26th September 2017 – 10th October 2017
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?
This engrossing sliding doors style novel was unlike anything I have ever read! This is the first book I have ever read written in this style, I found it very unusual but I absolutely loved it! Gillian McAllister did an exquisite job of essentially writing two stories in one! I can imagine it must have been incredibly difficult to make the book flow and easy for the reader to follow however the author did this to utter perfection.
Reading both ‘conceal’ and ‘reveal’ of Joanna’s story was so intriguing, although both versions of the story were pretty traumatic for the protagonist. Throughout the beginning and middle of the book I pitied Reuben, I disliked how Jo completely shut her caring husband out. However towards the end of the book this switched, I started feeling sorry for Joanna, she seemed lonely amongst the people around her, they were starting to drift away from her. Which, to be honest, is understandable, her actions must have been hard for her husband and closest friends to come to terms with.
I believed Joanna was such a good person, despite the mistake she made on that rainy Friday evening. In both ‘conceal’ and ‘reveal’, she paid the price for what she did, in different ways. Which shows that no matter what you do, whether you fight or flight, you still can’t avoid your wrong choices, the guilt will eat you up one way or another!
Although this was a compelling thriller, the ending was still a beautiful one. Gillian McAllister is such a talented author, if I could rate her higher than 5 out of 5 stars then I unquestionably would! I cannot wait to read more by this fabulous author! A huge thank you to Jenny Platt at Penguin for my early copy of this book and the opportunity to be on the blog tour!!