No Further Questions – Blog Tour

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The compulsive thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author. You’d trust your sister with your life. But should you?
The police say she’s guilty.
She insists she’s innocent.

 

She’s your sister.
You loved her.
You trusted her.
But they say she killed your child.

 

Who do you believe?
We all have those writers, don’t we…
The ones that as SOON as we hear that they have a new novel coming out that we actually cannot wait to get our hands on it and just know that you’re going to devour from cover to cover in as few reading sessions as you can possibly manage. Gillian McAllister is one of those writers for me
McAllister likes to make sure that we totally identify with the thorny moral dilemmas that her characters find themselves in – if you haven’t had the pleasure of reading Everything But The Truth or Anything You Do Say then you really are in for a treat.
All of her books feature women who you will definitely recognise – in situations that you will think ‘there but for the grace of God go I…’  and I think that’s what makes me connect with them so much – they make you think that sometimes your ordinary and safe little life could turn upon its head in the blink of an eye – and for Martha and her sister Becky this is definitely the case
This novel would be just perfect for a reading group as any group of readers will definitely form opinions about the characters and the choices that they’ve made because we all bring our own experiences and what we think we might have done in the circumstances. As far as I was concerned, I was on holiday in the gorgeous Cotswolds and could not tear myself away from the fate of baby Layla. I’m sure you’ll feel really sorry for me as I lounged for the afternoon in the gorgeous gardens of The Close Hotel in gorgeous Tetbury, desperate to see if my theory was correct and turning the pages faster and faster as I neared the nail-biting conclusion.
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    This novel does have a pretty harrowing subject at its heart: the death of an infant and Gillian McAllister never shies away from the horror of this situation, despite the sensitive treatment of such a delicate and emotional subject matter. Layla’s short life and sudden death are vividly portrayed and the range of voices in the novel makes us see this situation from many dimensions which really worked for me. I loved the explanation at the end of this novel, where Gillian explains walking and talking with her dad in order to bring this cast of characters to life and I have o say – she really does manage to make this set of characters live and breathe on the page.

    Martha’s decision to employ her sister as a nanny in a snap decision is definitely a life decision that comes back to haunt her and it is touches like this that will make you totally believe in her  – sibling relationships in all their complexities, the multi-layered love that we can have even once romantic  relationships are officially ‘over’, knowing when someone is ‘the one’, the guilt we all experience as working parents, our helplessness in the face of the current refugee crisis.                                        JILL                                                                                                                                                       These are all issues that many of us will have dealt with, experienced for ourselves or mulled over for hours over a glass of wine with our friends and this is the reason why I love these books so much – they totally feel real and we feel like we are right in there living life right alongside the characters who talk like we do and go through the same difficulties that so many of us have to deal with every single day. If you are looking for a gripping read this summer that will pin you to your deckchair, think about your own relationships and question the way that society deals with guilt and blame in emotionally charged cases like this then look no further. This has been my page-turner of the summer holidays far – I’m just gutted that I’m going to have to wait so long for her next book now.                                                                                                                                                                                                Treat yourself to a copy here and see if you can solve the case of Layla’s mysterious death for yourself – you won’t regret it.

 

 

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Thanks so much for Jenny Platt at Penguin Books for inviting me onto the blog tour – I absolutely loved No Further Questions and think that it looks absolutely amazing in my #OnTheShelfie IMG_4109.JPG.jpeg

Writer On The Shelf

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Gillian McAllister has been writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated with an English degree and lives in Birmingham where she now works as a lawyer.
Her debut novel Everything But The Truth was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. Anything You Do Say followed in January 2018 and was both a kindle and paperback bestseller.

You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @gillianmauthor.

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