This review is written with thanks to Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin UK, and Netgalley for my copy of Anything You Do Say.
Joanna is walking home after a night out with her best friend, Laura. She hears someone behind her, and believes they are following her. Acting in self defence, she pushes him, and he falls down some steps. She sees that he is not moving. Should she conceal and walk away or call an ambulance and reveal?
In Anything You Do Say, McAllister shows the reader the consequences of both "concealing" and "revealing" in alternate chapters. I was slightly apprehensive when I realised this, as I have read other books with the same style and found the narrative difficult to follow. However, this is not the case with this novel and it works brilliantly. The shorter chapters and the breaks in the plot as it switches between "conceal" and "reveal" build the tension, and I really wanted to know what happened, in both scenarios.
The strength of Anything You Do Say lies in the fact that Joanna's situation, although not an enviable one, is something that could happen to anyone. As I was reading, I was constantly thinking about how I would have responded, and this gave the novel an extra thrilling edge for me.
McAllister has constructed the characters in Anything You Do Say, especially Joanna and Reuben, incredibly well, and I found them very easy to relate to. I found it fascinating that the personalities of each character differed between the "conceal" and "reveal" chapters (I liked "reveal" Joanna more) and I began to really care about what happened to them and how their relationship was affected by the incident.
Anything You Do Say is a novel that will stay with me for a long time to come.
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