Gillian McAllister: How To Disappear


You can run, you can hide, but can you disappear for good?

Lauren’s daughter Zara witnessed a terrible crime. But speaking up comes with a price, and when Zara’s identity is revealed online, it puts a target on her back.

The only choice is to disappear.

To keep Zara safe, Lauren will give up everything and everyone she loves, even her husband.

There will be no goodbyes. Their pasts will be rewritten. New names, new home, new lives.

The rules are strict for a reason. They are being hunted. One mistake – a text, an Instagram like – could bring their old lives crashing into the new.

They can never assume someone isn’t watching, waiting.

As Lauren will learn, disappearing is easy. Staying hidden is harder . . .


I’ve read a few of Gillian McAllister’s books now and they seem to get better and better. Her writing is wonderfully immersive and I quickly found myself caught up in Lauren and Zara’s story.

Lauren and Zara are really well drawn characters and I was able to build strong pictures of them in my mind. This was enhanced by the fact that the chapters are each told from the point of view of a main character and this gives a clearer idea of what is going on in their minds.

Throughout this novel, McAllister allows us to think about what we would do in Lauren and Zara’s situation. Personally, I have no idea and it is thrilling discovering how they handle it! I have very little knowledge of how Witness Protection works and enjoyed learning more as I listened. McAllister’s research is impeccable and it gives the novel a really authentic feel.

There is lots of tension in How To Disappear. It starts by building slowly, but as the novel reaches its end, it becomes explosive. I listened intently, hanging on to the narrator’s every word, desperate to know what would come next.

I listened to the audio version of How To Disappear, narrated by Nicola Walker. I’m a huge fan of her work, and she performed this really well too, bringing such an unimaginable situation to life.

How To Disappear is available from Amazon.


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