Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Gillian McAllister’s latest novel, ‘How To Disappear’. Those of you who follow my blog regularly will know that McAllister is one of my favourite authors, and I love her books! In this post, I’ll be giving you some information on the book, as well as sharing a mini-review – but I will also review it in full at a later date, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Thanks so much to Penguin for the opportunity! So, keep reading…
You can run, you can hide, but can you disappear for good?
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 . . .
About the Author.
Gillian McAllister is the author of five Psychological Thriller novels: ‘Everything But The Truth’ (2017), ‘Anything You Do Say’ (2017), ‘No Further Questions’ (2018), ‘The Evidence Against You’ (2019) and ‘How To Disappear’ (9th July 2020). McAllister now lives in Birmingham with her boyfriend, and is a lawyer as well as a writer.
‘How To Disappear’ follows the lives of Lauren, Zara and their family, as they undergo witness protection, and are forced to leave their home and change their identities. Zara witnesses a horrific crime and testifies against the two murderers – but when Zara lies in court, she too becomes a victim of crime.
The characters are very well-written. Zara is a kind-hearted teenager who feels a great deal of empathy for those around her; that’s what got her into this mess in the first place. Mother Lauren is confused and scared, but she will do everything in her power to protect her daughter. Lauren’s husband, Aidan, is torn apart from his family and must cut all ties with his wife and stepdaughter, which deeply upsets him.
The story is narrated in the third-person throughout, with each chapter focusing on either Zara, Lauren or Aidan. The reader is given a deep insight to the characters’ thoughts, feelings and emotions, as they struggle to deal with their new lives and identities. There are some jumps in time but not many – the narrative is fairly linear and easy to follow.
There is a great deal of mystery and suspense running through the novel. It soon becomes clear that somebody is after Zara and Lauren, and they will not stop until they’ve gotten their revenge. Lauren must work hard to protect her daughter and ensure her safety, which often involves sacrificing her own happiness and wellbeing. Aidan tries his best to help Lauren and Zara – but when he’s hundreds of miles away and is refused contact with them, this seems to be an impossible task…
There’s a final dramatic end scene in which the characters must work together and fight for survival. Zara and Lauren are in deep trouble, and they must put their differences aside in order to ensure each others’ safety. The end scene is jam-packed full of action and drama, and I simply couldn’t tear my eyes away! I really enjoyed the ending, and felt that it tied everything together brilliantly.
Overall, I highly recommend this novel to those of you who enjoy psychological thrillers, particularly if you’re interested in reading a book about witness protection. I have to admit that it’s not McAllister’s best work in my opinion (my favourite book of hers is ‘Anything You Do Say’) – however, it’s still a very well-written, compelling novel that I urge you all to read!
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Happy reading 🙂