Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Everything but the Truth by Gillian McAllister Book Review


Do you ever check your partner's phone?
Should you?
Are you prepared for the consequences?

Everything but the Truth is Gillian McAllister's stunning breakthrough thriller about deceit, betrayal and one woman's compulsive need to uncover the truth.

It all started with the email.

Rachel didn't even mean to look. She loves Jack and she's pregnant with their child. She trusts him.

But now she's seen it, she can't undo that moment. Or the chain of events it has set in motion.

Why has Jack been lying about his past? Just what exactly is he hiding? And doesn't Rachel have a right to know the truth at any cost?


There are so many books that I have seen floating around on social media recently, some shout louder than others and Everything but the Truth was one of them, I was desperate to get my hands on a copy to review.

Everything but the Truth is Gillian McAllister's debut novel. It tells the story of Rachel and Jack who are beginning their new life together as they prepare for the birth of their first child. In the beginning of the novel, their relationship appears perfect; Rachel believes that Jack is the one for her and Jack showers Rachel with love. But one night, Rachel reads an email on Jack's I-pad that has arrived in the middle of the night and this changes everything that she thought she knew about him. Is everything she thought she knew about Jack a lie?

When Rachel first begins to suspect Jack of keeping secrets from her, I thought that her change of feelings for him were fair. But as Gillian delves into Rachel's personality it becomes clear that she finds it difficult to trust people and becomes paranoid. Her quest for the truth takes her on a dark path and it becomes unclear as to where this will end up for her. I did find her a little bit annoying, particularly when it was very clear to see how much Jack loved her but I did understand her desire to get to the truth even if it did make her seem a little mad.

At its heart, this book is really a love story but there are dark elements to it as well. I really liked the ending for this book which I thought closed Jack and Rachel's story really well; it wasn't an ending I was expecting. Everything but the Truth is very different to the trends we are seeing now in the psychological thriller market and I liked that, it doesn't rely on unreliable narrators or big twists that leave you questioning what you have just read. If you are looking for something that is different and draws you in with mystery and suspense, this is a book for you. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy to review!

Publisher: Penguin

Print length: 432 pages

Publication date: 9th March 2017


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