Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister

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Length: 390 pages

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What they say:

Would you run, or stay and call an ambulance, if it was you that pushed him?

‘A terrific premise, delivered with panache’ CLARE MACKINTOSH

‘Dark and intense . . . an exhilarating, hold-your-breath read!’ Prima

It’s the end of the night. You’re walking home on your own.

Then you hear the sound every woman dreads. Footsteps. Behind you. Getting faster.

You’re sure it’s him – the man from the bar who wouldn’t leave you alone.

You make a snap decision. You turn. You push. Your pursuer tumbles down the steps. He lies motionless, face-down on the floor.

Now what?

Call 999
Wait for the police to arrive. For judgement, for justice, whatever that may be. You just hope your husband, family and friends, everyone you love, will stand by you.

OR:

Run
Stay silent. You didn’t mean to do it. You were scared, you panicked. And no one saw. No one will ever know. If you leave now. If you keep quiet. For ever.

The Review: Some time ago a thought entered my head that I needed to stop reading purely from titles I received from Netgalley and review requests, and to get to the books on my Kindle, bought simply because I saw them either on a blog or Twitter. And so I came to this, a book I’d read more gushes about than nearly any other. Rubbing my hands briskly together (it was cold;)), I began to read.

Anything You Do Say is the story of Joanna and her husband Reuben. They live a very modern, ordered yet chaotic life. They have a list of films they work from to watch tv and number their declarations of love for each other. Both are likeable, both appear content, Reuben more so than Joanna who is looking for something, she doesn’t quite know what.

One night Joanna is followed by someone who bothering her earlier that night. This scene is set the way the actual breakdown from ‘The Breakdown’ by B A Paris, is, you are there and terrified for her in a dark area at night with low phone signal and running footsteps behind her, taking every turn she does. As he reaches her she pushes him. He falls. The resulting story tells of two different possibilities-either she gets help for him or she doesn’t-she tells what happened or she doesn’t.

There are some books that absolutely blow your mind and you are constantly going ‘what the eff?!?!’ This is one such book. I will never be able to gush about it enough. I had shivers starting from my toes and moving up that rarely left me in a book where I just kept praying things were going to go okay for Joanna. There were twists I could never have seen coming, disappointments and shocks that held me in a vice grip and would not let go. I formulated opinions and was shocked that others went against them. Above all I wanted to know where the ending was going and then when it came I was gutted the ride was over. I recommend books to people based on what I think they might generally read but this is one I will most likely be recommending to everyone I can. Superb!

Rating: 5/5

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Close to Home by Cara Hunter

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Length: 385 pages

Please note that the cover image leads to a universal buy link for the book

What they say:

Last night, eight-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from a family party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying.

DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows the nine times out of ten, it’s someone the victim knew.

That means someone is lying…
And that Daisy’s time is running out.

Introducing DI Fawley and his team of Oxford detectives, and a Richard and Judy Book Club pick for Spring 2018, CLOSE TO HOME is the new crime series readers and authors are raving about.

The Review: Another book that didn’t quite live up to hype (sooo many big names have reviewed this!), although I did really enjoy it. I have to begin by saying that when you are reading an arc you take it for granted there will be editing issues, but here I had more than that, I had text jumping into the middle of sentences and conversations moving paragraphs, and, actually, I’m almost sure that two things they said happened, hadn’t actually happened by that point, so I think that text had moved too and so it is some testament to the book that I kept going. (Please note this must have just been the copy I got, I haven’t seen anyone else having these issues and this book is so popular I’m sure someone would have said!)

Anyhoo. This isĀ  the story of the disappearance of Daisy Mason, an eight year old who was at a family party at 5 Barge Close, but suddenly disappeared. I enjoyed the setting from the start, and was right there, wondering how a little girl had disappeared with so many people about. We meet each of the family, a very ‘just-so’ mother (loved how they showed her to be when she thought no one was looking), the distraught father, who seemed to be hiding something and her brother, Leo, all with their own issues ( I felt so much for Leo and was very interested to see what he had to say when he spoke). I also loved the police procedure to begin with, although I found I couldn’t ‘see’ the investigating officer, as unusually the detective’s suppositions are relayed to us in the first person.

There is also a twitter feed in places, which I didn’t feel fit the genre, I would have preferred to have properly ‘heard’ the people talking about their opinions as they jumped to their conclusions on the family, how they were dealing with their disappearance and who had done it.

Another thing that didn’t click with me was that dialogue was given to us straight, with no inclinations as to how the people were reacting, so in the investigation room you wouldn’t see a person’s eyes dartingĀ  back and forth, or someone nervously tucking their hair behind their ear, that sort of thing!

Saying that there were excellent descriptions for me, both at the scene and beyond, the pacing was brilliant and I really couldn’t wait to see what had happened to poor Daisy and what would happen to her brother Leo. Thanks to Penguin and Netgalley for this book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5