THAT NIGHT By Gillian McAllister @GILLIANMAUTHOR @MichaelJBooks #ThatNight

Available Now |Paperback |eBook |audiobook |Published by Penguin RandomHouse UK | Michael J Books


What would you do to protect your family?


During a family holiday in Italy, you get an urgent call from your sister.

There’s been an accident: she hit a man with her car and he’s dead.

She’s overcome with terror – fearing years in a foreign jail away from her child.

She asks for your help. It wasn’t her fault, not really. She’d cover for you, so will you do the same for her?

But when the police come calling, the lies start. And you each begin to doubt your trust in one another.

What really happened that night?

Who is lying to who?

Who will be the first to crack?


This is a brilliantly written book focused mainly on one family the Plant’s. Joe, Cathy and Frannie are very close, they all work together, they live next door to each other, but could this be too close? when really pushed how close will they stay?

The siblings are on holiday together in Verona where they have a holiday home, Joe has his wife Lydia with him they are desperately trying for a baby but it’s just not happening, Franny has her son Paul with her, Cathy is on her own.

One night Joe and Cathy get a call from a distraught Franny asking them to help her, when they reach her she has accidentally killed a man, she is panicked and scared, Joe and Cathy help her. Can their lives stay the same after this? can you keep it a secret?

The story is told in different timelines from that night and what the siblings do, to the now, back to England and trying to cope with what had happened, trying to act as if nothing has happened. Is it possible to just put it behind you and forget or would it eat away at you? Told from the viewpoints of the characters. Leading to a trial, but who is on trial?

I loved how you gradually get to know more about each of the characters and possibly the reason they have all stayed together, also despite their closeness there is some sibling rivalry which as each of them gets a little more paranoid they each suspect each other of talking of the other.

All the characters are so believable and three dimensional the more you get to know of them the more you understand the characteristics. Joe is so protective of Franny and Paul, despite the fact that Franny was the one driving that night at times she is the one that seems less bothered by it. But is it just the way she is? Has Franny told Cathy and Joe everything about that night?

There are quite a few twists and turns some I suspected but others came as a complete surprise. Never knowing which way things were going to go at the end. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book it had me hooked from page one until the end. The court case was especially well done as you have no idea as to who is on trial until you get to the end.

You find yourself wondering how far you would go for someone you loved. Would you actually help if someone had died? I’m not sure anyone could say one hundred percent that no they wouldn’t help, would you go to the police with that person and support them, but if in a foreign country where the laws maybe different and the worry that your brother/sister would go to jail if found guilty of manslaughter or murder. Or would you help to hide a body? It makes for an interesting plot as well as food for thought.

Everything comes together really well with the then and now bringing the narratives together with all loose ends tied up neatly. I highly recommend this one if you like a plot with lots of twists as well as a legal thriller.

A definite ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read, thank you to @MichaelJBooks for an ARC of this book.


Gillian McAllister has been writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated with an English degree before working as a lawyer. She lives in Birmingham, where she now writes full time. She is the Sunday Times best selling author of Everything but the Truth, Anything you do Say, No Further Questions, The Evidence Against You and How To Disappear.

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