Book Review: That Night by Gillian McAllister

“What would you do to protect your family? ANYTHING.”

Set to be released on 8th July, That Night by Gillian McAllister follows the events after that night. That night when everything changed. That night when Frannie committed a murder that she didn’t mean to. That night when her family helped her to bury the body. The siblings were always close. Some might say too close. They worked together and lived next door to each other. And now they’ve buried a body together. But when they return to England, Frannie, Joe and Cathy become tangled in the lies that they’ve been telling – to the police, to their friends, to each other. But if you can’t trust your family, who can you trust?


Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

That Night is a well-paced and suspenseful thriller with lots of great twists, which really draws you into the kind of situation that you never hope to share.

The book is set across two timelines, the past as the events of the night and the following days play out, and the present as someone sits in court to tell their version of the truth. But what is the truth? Who has come undone? And what has gone so wrong for the events to have led up to this moment?

I love how the timelines work alongside each other, slowly building up your anticipation as you begin to fill in the middle. The characters are believable which really makes you question, “What would I do?”. But I didn’t particularly warm to any of the siblings, as they each had selfish tendencies which meant that I couldn’t place my trust in any of them. For some, that will make the story all the more intense, but I wanted something to compel me to the story more.

This is my first book by Gillian McAllister and I definitely want to read more by her. For me, however, I’ve read quite a few books about a shared burden recently so I didn’t love this one, but there was still a lot that I enjoyed about it and plenty of surprises that kept me intrigued.


That Night by Gillian McAllister
Release Date: 8th July 2021
Print Length: 448 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
Publisher: Penguin Michael Joseph UK

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