Book Review: Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister

“Can you stop a murder after it’s already happened?”

Set to be released on 12th May, Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister follows mother and wife Jen who witnesses her son commit a terrible crime: the murder of a complete stranger. It’s every parent’s nightmare. She doesn’t know who her son has killed, and she doesn’t know why. She only knows that her teenage boy is in custody and his future is lost.

That night, she falls asleep in despair. But when she wakes, it’s yesterday. And every morning after that, she wakes up a day earlier, another day before the murder. Another chance to stop it. Somewhere in the past lie the answers, and Jen doesn’t have a choice but to find them.

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

If you haven’t heard about Wrong Place, Wrong Time, I don’t know where you’ve been hiding recently. I think it would be fair to say that it’s 2022’s most hyped book so far, so I was very excited to experience it for myself. But sadly, I’m in the minority with this one.

The concept of Wrong Place, Wrong Time is fantastic, and I can see why so many people are loving this book. It’s unique and exciting, and the premise alone gets your heart racing in anticipation of how this story will play out.

This amazing quote below explains just what I love about this concept:

How sinister it is to relive your life backwards. To see things you hadn’t at the time. To realise the horrible significance of events you had no idea were playing out around you.

I love that! And reading about how McAllister came up with the idea makes it all the more brilliant.

However, while I love how the story played out and how this time travel/groundhog day concept was used (and it is used well, I have to add!), I found the story itself very underwhelming. All I was left thinking was that, had this story been told normally, I wouldn’t have found anything about it that interesting.

There are some great twists but I didn’t feel that any of them hit with any impact. I needed more cliffhanger moments, more detail about what was going on, and to feel more engaged with the male characters.

But as I said, everybody else is absolutely loving this book and I would definitely recommend it for McAllister’s excellent ideas. It just didn’t connect with me, but I’m sure others will enjoy the experience a whole lot more.

Details:

Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister
Release Date: 12th May 2022
Print Length: 395 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
Publisher: Penguin Michael Joseph

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