How To Disappear by Gillian McAllister #bookreview

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on How To Disappear by Gillian McAllister on my blog today.


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 . . .


Wow! This book! I still can’t believe that ending. Gillian McAllister has become one of my go-to authors; I don’t even have to read the blurb before I click that pre-order button. How To Disappear is her best book to date. This book will take you on a whirlwind of emotions, and I don’t think I’ll be forgetting about it any time soon. I think this is one of those books where you will want to talk to someone else who has read it straight away; it’ll make the perfect book club read.

Zara is fourteen when she witnesses the horrific attack on a homeless man. But her life and the lives of her family members are changed dramatically when she is placed in witness protection. A group of dangerous men are determined to silence Zara, and when her identity is released online, it puts her in immediate danger. But this group will stop at nothing to track her down, which means that Zara is constantly on the lookout and tensions are always running high.

I can’t imagine what it must be like for people who have to go into witness protection. Just imagine having to give up everything you know; your family; your friends; your identity, it must be soul-destroying. But this is only the beginning. You have to keep up the pretence. One slip up could prove deadly.

Gillian McAllister explores how people in this position must feel in Zara and her mum Lauren. She also explores this with the family who are left behind. You can really see how this has had an effect on them and on how scared they are all the time. You can see how hard it is for them to begin a new life without talking about anything in their past. Lauran and Zara find this incredibly difficult and they are burning to speak to someone about their troubles.

Lauren and Zara’s desire to talk about what they are going through is what keeps the tension in this book, turning up a notch. I was flying through the pages as I kept expecting any moment for either of them to slip up and mention something to someone. Also, I couldn’t trust the people who they were becoming friends with. Gillian McAllister kept me wondering if these people were working with those who were trying to track Zara down and cause her harm, and they were some nasty individuals.

As I said earlier, How To Disappear will take you on a whirlwind of a ride. This is Gillian McAllister’s best book to date, and I can’t wait to read what she writes next!

Publisher: Penguin

Publication date: 9th July 2020

Print length: 480 pages

How To Disappear is available to buy:

Amazon UK  Kobo  Waterstones


7 thoughts on “How To Disappear by Gillian McAllister #bookreview

  1. I watched a documentary once about a woman witness in a famous UK case who had to disappear for life. Not even go to her parent’s funeral. It was shocking. I’ve put How to Disappear on my Audible Wish List. Thank you 😀

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