Gillian McAllister:The Evidence Against You


It’s the day Izzy’s father will be released from jail.

She has every reason to feel conflicted – he’s the man who gave her a childhood filled with happy memories.

But he has also just served seventeen years for the murder of her mother.

Now, Izzy’s father sends her a letter. He wants to talk, to defend himself against each piece of evidence from his trial.

But should she give him the benefit of the doubt?

Or is her father guilty as charged, and luring her into a trap?


Gillian McAllister’s writing goes from strength to strength and I really enjoyed The Evidence Against You. Her description is incredibly clear and for the time I was listening I felt completely immersed in Izzy’s life. McAllister is especially great at conveying the emotions of the characters, and this helped me to feel really involved in their lives. I’ve never been in a similar situation to Izzy or her father, but I found myself feeling really sympathetic towards them.

I chose to listen to the audio version of the book narrated by Zoe Telford. I remember Zoe Telford as Maggie in Teachers and loved her then, so was intrigued to see how she would approach the narration. She was brilliant at ensuring the tension in the novel (that McAllister creates superbly) comes across, and her use of accents helps to distinguish between the characters.

McAllister has clearly done a lot of research into prison life, and uses it well in The Evidence Against You. There is a twist at the end of the novel that surprised me, but is also rather poignant and left me with a lump in my throat and a lot to think about.

The Evidence Against You is available from Amazon.

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