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Top Shelf Spotlight: ‘Everything But The Truth’ by Gillian McAllister

Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m going to be posting the newest instalment to my “Top Shelf Spotlight” series – ‘Everything But The Truth’ by Gillian McAllister. You can find the other posts in the series here. In this series, I will be focusing on one book in particular that has made my “top shelf/favourites” bookshelf. I’ll be giving you some information on the book, as well as sharing some of my personal thoughts on the novel. I hope you enjoy this new series, and please leave any feedback below, including any other posts or series you’d like to see on my blog! So, here goes…



Everything But The Truth by Gillian McAllister.

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Do you ever check your partner’s phone? 
Should you? 
Are you prepared for the consequences?

It all started with the email.

Rachel didn’t even mean to look. She loves Jack and she’s pregnant with their child. She trusts him.

But now she’s seen it, she can’t undo that moment. Or the chain of events it has set in motion.

Why has Jack been lying about his past? Just what exactly is he hiding? And doesn’t Rachel have a right to know the truth at any cost?


‘Everything But The Truth’ is probably the best debut novel I’ve ever read. You can find my full review here. Having read all of McAllister’s books now, I can confidently say that she is one of my favourite authors of all time! I was lucky enough to host an interview with the author too, which you can find here.



About the Author



Gillian McAllister is the author of two Psychological Thriller novels: ‘Everything But The Truth’ and ‘Anything You Do Say’. McAllister now lives in Birmingham with her boyfriend, and is a lawyer as well as a writer.



About the Book


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Pages: 432

Release Date: March 2017

Genre: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Suspense.

Average Goodreads rating: 3.68

Film? No.

Author’s other works: ‘Everything But The Truth’ (March 2017), ‘Anything You Do Say’ (October 2017).

Themes explored: Terminal illness, mental illness, suicide.



My Thoughts


Favourite character/narratorRachel!

What I liked/overall standout elements:

  • I really enjoyed the two consecutive narratives that take place throughout the novel. The novel is narrated in both the present day, and the past (one year ago). The present day narrative tells us all about Rachel and Jack’s life currently, and the past narrative gives us snippets of Rachel’s own past “secret”, or “mistake”.
  • Rachel’s narrative voice is extremely realistic and believable. The reader is truly given a detailed insight into her thoughts and feelings, including her paranoia and anxiety caused by her shocking discovery about her boyfriend.
  • The novel explores the domestic brilliantly, attempting to work through some of the complexities involved in adult romantic relationships, and how fragile some of these relationships really can be.
  • All the characters within the novel bring something unique and interesting to the story, and all are extremely well-portrayed and realistic. There isn’t a character within the book that I didn’t enjoy learning more about.
  • There are many thriller elements employed throughout the novel, such as increasing tension and suspenseuncertainty and anxiety regarding Jack’s “true identity”, many twists and turns, and an almighty climax.
  • There’s a fantastic end resolution which brings together both consecutive narratives in the most astounding way. The end scene is dramatic and action-packed, and we learn all about both characters’ secrets. I was really satisfied with the resolution to the book.




My overall verdict: Gillian McAllister is an author you MUST check out if you enjoy Psychological Thriller novels!









Happy reading 🙂

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