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    A bit repetitive but good

    18 years ago, Gabe English was convicted of murdering his wife Alexandra leaving 17 year old Izzy to be cared for by grandparents. Izzy gave up her dreams of becoming a ballet dancer to re-open her mothers restaurant continuing to live under the shadow of her father actions. The day comes when Gabe is released and he turns up outside the restaurant leaving a note for Izzy that he wants to talk, to convince her he is innocent. Slowly, reluctantly she starts to meet with him and the old feelings for her father resurface and she starts to believe him. She continually reflects back over memories of childhood but also the life after and the family life she missed out on, fantasising on what could have been. A tale of emotions, confusion and hopes of what might have been and could be. The shared memories that contradict each other, the opinions of Gabes family and old friends and the evidence obtained by her policeman husband gives Izzy a yoyo ride to find out the truth. This book is a little repetitive with the "what could have been" but the more you read the more this is understandable so it is worth persevering. .A story that tells of determination and acceptance that the truth can be found if you believe it.
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    Psychological Thriller

    I enjoyed this competently written book enormously. It’s a resoundingly clever plot that turns and twists your thinking upside down. Izzy’s lives in the Isle Of Wight with her husband, Nick. Her father, Gabe has been incarcerated in prison for eighteen years for murdering her mother. The court considered that the evidence was cut and dried - a solid case against him. He’s been hung, drawn and quartered on the compelling evidence. Now, he’s out, and he’s found Izzy in a bid to convince her of his innocence. Now it’s guilt versus innocence and Izzy has to decide if she can trust him. She vacillates between the two just as I did. I couldn’t decide until the end, and it niggled away at me all the way through. It made me examine the strained interaction between the two of them and her relationship with Nick and question if we ever properly know someone. I found her attitude contrary to the norm. One would expect that a loved one would be in denial about the guilt of a father and break their neck to prove his innocence. Izzy, however, accepted her father’s guilt without question at seventeen which I found extraordinary and unnatural. It was as if she was brainwashed and couldn’t think for herself. Some of the time she seemed up there with the fairies. It was hard to get inside her head at times, so I deduce that the trauma damaged her. So, how do you start again after eighteen years inside? I thought there was an excellent insight into Gabe’s struggle to integrate back into a society he no longer recognised. It astonished me how isolated and out of touch with society prisoners are after so long – a thought I’d never examined in detail. The ending is dramatic and unexpected. Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin UK Michael Joseph.
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    Livelly, Exciting .. And Flawless!

    Wow! This is a packed read - a bit like eating a sandwich with so much filling you can hardly hold it together! Izzy English's life fell apart the day her mother was murdered; then her father was found guilty of the crime and Izzy's life was never the same again. Now, having served his sentence he is returning to the place where Izzy still lives, and he wants her to help prove his innocence. Does she trust him, or is she afraid of him? Unusually for me, I read this over a number of days - yep, life sometimes gets in the way of reading! Therefore I probably had more time to mull over events, both current and previous than I usually have, but even with that I still had no idea how it was going to end. There is so much information to process and doubt creeps through every single bit of it. Learning how things were in their family, enjoying Izzy's childhood memories, didn't make knowing who to trust any easier. I think I suspected every single character at one time or another! Did Izzy believe her father? Well, why should she when even I didn't know whether he was trustworthy or not! An extremely well-plotted thriller with excellent characterisation which really comes alive on the page, and is a tremendously exciting fourth read from Gillian McAllister. The writing is lively, exciting and flawless, continuing to play on my mind even now when I have completed the story. I love that by the end any and all questions which arose during the book had been addressed and I'm already looking forward to what this author will come up with next - her books are becoming 'must reads' for me, and fully earn each one of the five golden stars I'm happy to bestow on it.
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    A little unrealistic

    When Izzy’s father Gabe is released from jail after serving his sentence for killing her mother, he is still professing his innocence. But how much should she believe? After enjoying Gillian McAllister’s previous novel ‘No Further Questions’ I was excited to read ‘The Evidence Against You’ which is a twisty crime thriller that focuses on family loyalty. I liked how the plot kept you guessing and changing your opinion of Gabe multiple times throughout the story. It’s a book that hooks you in and is an easy read -I finished it in just a few sittings. I had a few problems with the plot itself though - I thought a lot of it was a bit too convenient to be realistic to be honest. The story itself is too strung out although I can kind of see why – you don’t get a full book otherwise and the story itself is quite a simple one. However, it does feel like all of the backstory and exposition could have just been told to Izzy in one sitting rather than being handed out in handy chunks whenever it was needed in the plot. This led to it feeling a little repetitive in places and the use of similar phrases dotted throughout didn’t help with this. I personally found it unrealistic that Izzy, now 36 years old, had never looked at any information on her father’s crime and mother’s murder – surely you’d look up something later in life or have things explained by other people or just read bits on the news? I thought her character as a whole was a little annoying especially as she kept keeping secrets for no reason – she didn’t feel very well rounded. I found the end resolution to be a little disappointing too – it sort of fizzled out rather than giving me a big twist ‘oh wow’ moment. I had thought I had guessed what was going to happen and my idea was better than what actually happened, to be honest! Overall The Evidence Against You is a twisty read but felt a little unrealistic for me. Thank you to NetGalley & Penguin UK – Michael Joseph for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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