20 Books of Summer Book 4 Review – How To Disappear

Title: How To Disappear

Author: Gillian McAllister

Genre: General Fiction/ Mystery & Thrillers

Goodreads Rating: 4.59

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Source: ARC


What do you do when you can’t run, and you can’t hide?

Lauren’s daughter Zara witnessed a terrible crime. But speaking up comes with a price, and when Zara’s identity is revealed online, it puts a target on her back.

The only choice is to disappear.

To keep Zara safe Lauren will give up everything and everyone she loves, even her husband.

There will be no goodbyes. Their pasts will be rewritten. New names, new home, new lives.

The rules are strict for a reason. They are being hunted. One mistake – a text, an Instagram like – could bring their old lives crashing into the new.

They can never assume someone isn’t watching, waiting.

As Lauren will learn, disappearing is easy. Staying hidden is harder…

My Review:

Wow where do I begin? After reading Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister and thoroughly enjoying it I’d hoped that this book would match my expectations. Well not only did it match it, it went above and beyond all expectations leaving me completely gobsmacked at the end!

One of the many things I loved about this book was that it was told from several POV. All of the character were small pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and McAllister fitted them together perfectly. I found Poppy’s chapters interesting. When she was first introduced I felt that she was just a spoilt teenager and didn’t think much of her but as she got more and more involved I realised my first impression of her was completely off. She was in fact a very sweet young woman who obviously missed her extended family. She balanced school and caring for her mum as best she could which made her an admiral character. I found myself feeling sorry for Lauren as everyone always seemed to know a little bit more than her, everyone had their own plan she just rolled with the punches.

I have never read a book about witness protection and I can imagine that unless you have experienced it or are involved in it then, from a research perspective it is difficult. This is an issue that was highlighted in the authors notes but if I’m being perfectly honest I think McAllister did an amazing job at making the whole process seem candid and authentic. The emotional side of this process was captured and retold beautifully. Despite only knowing the characters briefly I felt deeply sad for Lauren and Adrian when they had to separate, I honestly don’t know if I could of done it.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and the final revelation, whilst shocking, was the perfect ending. Clever, tense and emotional are some of the many words I could use to describe this exceptional story so put on something comfy, grab your refreshments and snacks because once you start you are not going to want to stop!

Thank you to Gillian McAllister, Penguin UK and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

I have now read 4 books of my 20 books of summer challenge! I really hope I can keep this momentum going and not crash and burn after a month.

How are your summer reading going?

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