On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the stunning new novel by Gillian McAllister, Wrong Place Wrong Time.
It’s every parent’s nightmare.
Your happy, funny, innocent son commits a terrible crime: murdering a complete stranger.
You don’t know who.
You don’t know why.
You only know your teenage boy is in custody – and his future lost.
Somewhere in the past lie the answers, and you don’t have a choice but to find them . . .
I’ve been excited to read Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister for such a long time now, so when my copy arrived, I jumped to read it straight away. I’ve been a fan of Gillian’s books ever since I read her debut, and her latest book is definitely, in my opinion, her best yet. I love the idea she explores here which makes this novel so different and so compelling. I was so eager to find out what was going to happen and I flew through it in just a couple of sittings.
We meet Jen, who witnesses something so unimaginable; she can’t even begin to comprehend it. Her son has killed someone, right in front of her. Now she has to face the chaotic fallout. But after the night her son becomes a killer, something unusual happens, Jen wakes up the next morning, only it’s the day before the incident has taken place. Has she imagined the whole scenario? But each morning following, when she wakes up, she begins to realise that she is living her life backwards, each day, she is travelling further and further backwards in time. But why is this happening? How can this be happening? Is there a higher purpose here? Does she have the opportunity now to prevent her son from carrying out such an awful crime?
Jen felt very real as I was reading this book. You can feel her anguish as she realises what her son has done. As she begins to realise that she is travelling backwards in time, you can see just how scared and frustrated she feels. Jen has no idea why this is happening. Like Jen, I wanted to know what was happening to her, and I wanted to see if there was any way she could prevent what was going to happen to her son in the future.
We also hear from the point of view of a person called Ryan. It isn’t quite clear how Ryan fits into the story, but Gillian McAllister reveals why he is there in such a clever way. I thought the chapters told from his point of view were very intriguing. I have to say there is a jaw dropping moment as the final truths come to light.
I’m certain Wrong Place Wrong Time will be in my top ten reads of the year. It is such a clever, original novel and I highly, highly recommend it.
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Publication date: 12th May 2022
Print length: 416 pages
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