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  • Tense & Thrilling!

    Wow - I had to wait until my heart stopped thudding and the blood ceased rushing through my ears to think clearly enough to write my review for this! Lauren's daughter sees a dreadful crime being committed and does the 'right thing' by telling the police what she witnessed. But when it's discovered who she is, it puts the whole family in peril and changes their lives drastically. The only thing left is to disappear, but the slightest error can plunge them all back into the danger zone. Can they make a clean break from everything and everyone they know? What a story! There is some very clever writing in this one. I slipped into it very easily, getting to know the characters and understanding what was happening and then things warmed up; the tension was palpable! Lying in bed last evening, reading (as you do) I found myself with my heart racing one minute and beads of perspiration forming on my forehead the next. Suspenseful just doesn't seem to be enough to describe how my senses have been stretched reading this, and I'm rather pleased to find I have a lighter read next - I'm not sure my heart could take another thriller hot on the heels of this one! Gillian McAllister has excelled herself this time round and I cannot recommend this novel highly enough. Without any doubt, this is a five star read.

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  • Unbelievable choices

    This is a cracking page turner about witness protection well imagined by Gilliam McAllister. Lauren and Aiden have a blended family with her daughter Zara and his daughter Poppy. After Zara witnesses a murder and gives evidence she becomes a target eventually leaving Lauren with little choice other than to enter witness protection with her daughter having had to make the heartbreaking choice of leaving Aiden who could not leave Poppy. I cannot imagine having to make such decisions and the story really resonates with the difficulties of being uprooted into a totally new life that you haven’t chosen for yourself and the pain of missing those you love. I thought Aiden’s way of dealing with the situation fit well with his character and I enjoyed reading the story from the viewpoints of all the characters.

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  • Tense & Riveting

    How to Disappear, the latest novel by Gillian McAllister, is a totally riveting, twisty, suspenseful and tense novel. When fourteen- year-old Zara witnesses the murder of homeless man, Jamie, by two members of Holloway Football Club youth team, her own and her family's lives are turned upside-down. A year later she is the key witness in their trial. Known only as Girl A and giving her evidence anonymously, the trial collapses, thus freeing the defendants. There is outrage in the media directed against Girl A, resulting in Zara being identified on social media and putting her in real danger. Consequently, Zara and her impetuous mother, Lauren go into witness protection... The story follows Lauren and Zara as they struggle to adjust to their new lives and identities. Gillian McAllister's storytelling is first-class, mesmerising and riveting. With the tension at a dizzying height and the abundant twists, I was well and truly kept on my toes. The author's wonderful characterisation was the icing on the cake, particularly in case of anxious and moralistic Zara who demonstrated her admirable inner strength. The whole cast of characters were appealing or engaging in some form, and I found myself rooting for them all the way. This compulsive thriller is an electrifying read with a superbly paced plot that will have you turning the pages as quickly as possible. Genuinely unpredictable, it has believable dialogue, characters you can invest in and some real bombshells, all making for a highly satisfying and fascinating read. I am extremely keen to read more from this talented author. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Penguin UK - Michael Joseph via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Another great read from Gillian McAllister

    When Zara and her mother Lauren are put into witness protection, they find out just how hard it is to stay away from their old lives – can they keep their old identities a secret? I really enjoy reading books by Gillian McAllister – I have read The Evidence Against You and The Good Sister before (you can see reviews on Kindig Blog.) One thing I really enjoy about reading Gillian’s work is that her background of working as a lawyer really shines through and creates a realistic view of the process whilst ensuring her audience are not alienated by jargon or technical language. How to Disappear is a really good premise and the suspense is kept high throughout the plot whilst keeping the story well-paced. I found myself being completely invested in it and the twist at the end really shocked me and actually moved me to tears which does not happen often with thrillers! My only criticism would be that I did often find myself (internally) yelling at certain characters for making some really silly decisions but also I can’t imagine leaving my life behind and knowing I can never see my family or friends again so I guess it was probably realistic! Overall, I really enjoyed How to Disappear and it’s a great addition to McAllister’s bibliography – I will continue to keep my eye out for more work by this author! Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin UK – Michael Joseph for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Well worth a read

    I couldnt put it down. Was rivetted to see what would happen next. And what a refreshing change the storyline was.

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