Everything But The Truth – Gillian McAllister

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Just how much can you trust the person you love? 

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 does Rachel have a right to know the truth at any cost?

Rachel and Jack are madly in love. They haven’t been together very long but Rachel is pregnant and everything seems to be going very well for them. Until Rachel sees an email she just can’t get out of her head. It’s then that she realises she really doesn’t know the father of her unborn child at all.

Some chapters are set in the past, which explain Rachel’s paranoia and trust issues up to a point. But Rachel has a secret too. Does she have the right to know everything when she isn’t being completely honest herself?

This wasn’t exactly what I was expecting from a physiological thriller. I think I’d probably call it more suspense. While it is a pacy read and a page turner, it’s not action packed. It’s character driven and focuses primarily on moral and ethical dilemma’s. Nevertheless, I was completely engrossed. Gillian McAllister has come up with a multi-layered plot, highly realistic characters and beautiful descriptions.

With such a complex tale of trust and deceit, you can’t help but wonder what you would do. Although I felt some of Rachel’s actions were a bit questionable, you just don’t know. It’s that whole “walk a mile in someone’s shoes” thing.

If you like a novel that makes you think, then this one is definitely for you.

16 thoughts on “Everything But The Truth – Gillian McAllister

    1. The term psychological thriller is very broad, isn’t it? It could do with some subcategories. Unless there’s dead bodies all over the place and a creepy serial killer, it’s not a thriller in my eyes 😀

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              1. Oh, for me The beautiful dead wasn’t that, it was simply a thriller and more action-like. I didn’t enjoy that much, not my favorite genre because there was no “mystery”.

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                1. I just googled. You’re right, I’m wrong. Although there are varying degrees apparently. Your two choices fit perfectly. So I guess this one does fit the bill. Bad reviewer, Dee! 😄

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  1. I really did enjoy this one, perhaps I’ve tired a little of the action packed thrillers. I’m dying to know which of Rachel’s actions you found most questionable – in her personal or professional life? For me there were points in the personal where she crossed a line, but I’m not sure I wouldn’t have been sorely tempted to do the same… I love books that make me think

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