Twisty and absolutely gripping from the very first page – a brilliant psychological thriller!
Thanks to Michael Joseph publishers for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour and kindly gifting me a copy of the book.
That Night by 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?
From the very first page the author immediately launches you into the action and it was so well written that I felt like I was right there during those scenes. The characters, from when we first meet them, are so well developed and that continues throughout the book, that by the end I felt like I knew them personally, including all their flaws.
The story alternates between siblings both during the past and the present which worked perfectly, especially some of those scenes in the present which provided a lot of intrigue and mystery. There is a brilliant reveal during one of the ‘present’ chapters that I wasn’t expecting at all, to the point where I even went back through the book to make sure I hadn’t made a mistake as I was certain I was correct with my theory.
Everything is so well plotted and the author teases you with each chapter, giving just enough away to create that much needed suspense and urging you to read on. I honestly had no idea just how everything was going to get resolved and just when I thought I did it would suddenly veer off in another direction. Not only was it a complete page turner as I was desperate to find out answers, but it also asks the question ‘What would you do?’ in that situation. I have two older brothers myself, so many times throughout this book I was wondering what we or I would have done…..we definitely wouldn’t have made the decisions some of the characters make that’s for sure!
Overall this was a brilliantly paced psychological thriller, full of unexpected twists and takes a deep look at family dynamics, the secrets we keep from them and just how far you are willing to go to protect them.