Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister Book Review


Gone Girl meets Sliding Doors in this edge-of-your-seat thriller

Joanna is an avoider. So far she has spent her adult life hiding bank statements and changing career aspirations weekly.

But then one night Joanna hears footsteps on the way home. Is she being followed? She is sure it’s him; the man from the bar who wouldn’t leave her alone. Hearing the steps speed up Joanna turns and pushes with all of her might, sending her pursuer tumbling down the steps and lying motionless on the floor.

Now Joanna has to do the thing she hates most – make a decision. Fight or flight? Truth or lie? Right or wrong?


A man lies before you, dying, you’ve pushed him. What do you do, call for help? Check that he’s alright? Or do you run, is there a possibility that you could get away with it? Could you live with the consequences? These are the questions that are explored in this brilliant, addictive and highly entertaining novel.

Anything You Do Say is the second novel by bestselling author Gillian McAllister, and it is a fascinating, character driven drama. It will make you think back to past events in your own life and it will make you wonder how things could be different today, if you’d taken a different path. It is a very different psychological thriller that explores a unique idea, and that’s why I enjoyed it so much. I loved her first book, Everything but the Truth and her second novel is even better.

When Joanna goes to a bar on a night out with her friend, she has no idea how big an impact the evening will have on the rest of her life. A man begins to make her feel uncomfortable, and when she leaves the bar, she can hear someone following her. She tries to keep calm, but as the man approaches her, she makes a quick, rash decision. She attacks  him and he falls down a flight of stairs to his death. This leaves Joanna with an almost impossible choice to make.

What I really liked about this book was how Gillian explored the two different scenarios facing Joanna at that moment. When I’m reading a book I often wonder what would have happened, if a character had decided to take another path, instead of the one the author chose for them, and we often wonder this in real life too. In this book, Gillian explores two sides to her character; I found it fascinating to see the impact that one decision can have on a person and on others around them. This, for me, is what made this novel really unique. Utterly gripping from the first page to the last. The idea didn’t at all make the book confusing, which is what I was worried might happen when I first read the blurb.

Gillian McAllister is going from strength to strength with her writing, and I can’t wait to see what she does next. This is a thriller that you don’t want to miss. Thank you to the publisher, Michael Joseph, who provided me with an advance copy of the book to read via Netgalley.

Publisher: Penguin

Publication date: 19th October 2017 (kindle) 25th January 2018 (paperback)

Print length: 400 pages