Gillian McAllister: That Night

This review is written with thanks to the publisher for my copy of That Night via Netgalley.


What would you do to protect your family?


During a family holiday in Italy, you get an urgent call from your sister.

There’s been an accident: she hit a man with her car and he’s dead. She asks for your help.

She’d cover for you, so will you do the same for her?

But when the police come calling, the lies start . . .

And you each begin to doubt one another.

What really happened that night?

Who is lying to who?



Gillian McAllister is a master at writing those books where you have to put yourself in the character’s shoes and ask what you would do in the same situation. With apologies to my siblings, if I were in the same situation as Cathy and Joe, I would run, very fast. At times, their reluctance to do the right thing makes them quite unlikeable. But if they did the right thing, we would have a very short book and what a fabulous book we would be missing out on! 

That Night is written from several different perspectives including Frannie, Cathy and Joe and Joe’s wife, Lydia. This really helps to get under their skin as it’s clear they all have different insecurities which influence the decisions they make throughout the course of the novel. We also switch between “then” and “now.” In the present day, we can see that things have changed significantly for the family and I wondered what had happened and wanted to keep reading until I had some answers! 

From the very first page of That Night, it is full to the brim with tension and I was keen to know how the siblings would solve each new problem. I loved the twists and turns that the story took and it will remain with me for a while! 

That Night is available from Amazon.

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