Book Review – Anything You Do Say


Title: Anything You Do Say

Author: Gillian McAllister

Genre: Mystery & Thriller/ Women’s Fiction

Goodreads Rating: 3.92

My Rating: 4*

Source: ARC


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?

My Review:

I have tried to read books that follow two different paths before and always struggled to keep up with the storylines. I don’t know if it is how my mind works but I often get confused about which scenario I am in. However Gillian McAllister made this story an easy one to follow. Having just the two paths and reading the stories side by side, I found there was no confusion at all.

McAllister has taken every woman’s worst fear and brought the moral dilemma to life. At the start of the book I was immediately questioning what path I would follow, thinking I knew the answer straight away but by the end I found myself wavering, wondering would I make the right choice?

Depending on which path you followed the main characters all developed differently and like most people I had my different versions that I preferred. In the reveal story I loved Wilf, I thought he was a sweetheart and it was clear that him and Joanna clearly lacked communication. I really disliked Reuben though. I thought he was very self riotous and quite frankly he got on my nerves. I preferred his character in the conceal story, I actually felt sorry for him because he had no clue what was going on and Joanna was actually quite unfair to him in some ways. Where Joanna is concerned there were parts of both her stories that I liked but overall I felt she went through the biggest character change in the conceal story. She seemed to get stronger and addressed the issues in her life bravely.

The ending I found very interesting and I thought it was a clever way to bring it all to a close. Overall I found this to be an enjoyable read and a refreshing take on telling a story. Full of great characters, suspense and drama this psychological thriller will have you questioning what you believe.



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