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.
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.
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.
Which will it be?
Joanna, lives with her husband Reuben. She is smart, great at crosswords and has a flawless memory. What she does lack is the ability to make decisions, but now she must decide – Reveal or Conceal – a decision that will forever change her life, and of those around her.
Whichever option Joanna chooses, it leads her onto a path with its own challenges.
The characters are so imperfectly perfect and so perfectly imperfect that there is a Joanna and a Reuben and a Laura (Joanna’s best friend) and a Wilf (Joanna’s brother) that we all know. In that sense, this novel is closer to reality than fiction.
The complexity of relationships dictating the decision making is something we have all experienced time and time again. But what happens when that decision becomes a moral choice with serious repecurscsions is a topic that Gillian McAllister has handled not only with finesse of an author but with the mindset of a woman who is sensitive and kind-hearted, independent and thoughtful, strong and weak – She is every woman and every woman is she.
The novel is fast-paced and utterly engaging. The structure of shifting between Conceal and Reveal that comes together in the end adds to the pace and to the interest. To take a topic that can easily be deadly boring and turn into a story that is unputdownable, Gillian McAllister has once again showcased that she is a master of her craft.
A definite must-read.