Today, it’s a very exciting post as it’s a blog tour all for Gillian McAllister’s new book, The Evidence Against You, published by Michael Joseph.
I’ve just finished reading the last couple of chapters of this book and I’m so excited to share this book! I’ve not read a crime/thriller in ages but when I saw this on Twitter with the sign-up for the blog tour, I signed up straight away. I’ve never read any of Gillian’s previous books, but this intrigued me so much. I love the title, the cover and the blurb sounds great too. Here it is:
Seventeen years ago he was sent to prison.
It’s the day her father will be released from jail. Izzy English 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?
Now he’s out. And looking for you…
Sounds good, right? Don’t worry, there will be no spoilers here! When it comes to a crime book, the thing I love and invest in are the characters. I do that with any book but I think with a crime novel, you have to care for the characters – characters that you want to root for, to champion, characters that you love to hate, too. I also love reading how a specific crime impacts one particular family. And that’s all here in this book. McAllister has crafted a brilliant protagonist in Izzy English. She literally jumps from the page and I found her story incredibly moving. One of the aspects that I loved of the book is Izzy’s dream and desire to become part of a family. She sees her neighbour as a mother figure that she never had growing up, as she scrolls through Instagram, she is searching for a family. I think this is incredibly common and something I find fascinating but haven’t come across that much in my reading before. I think this was incredibly written and genius by McAllister and didn’t go to the cheesy route, either. But this is a big theme that I took from the novel: wanting to become a part of something/someone. Whether that be a family, a relationship, a business, and even society in itself.
I loved the relationship and dynamic between Izzy and her father, Gabe. They are the strongest scenes throughout the novel and the pain, emotion and determination between both characters seeps through the pages. Another strong point of the novel and McAllister’s writing is the underlying message of the prison system and how it works and how you have to re-navigate your life and find your way through society.
This is a brilliant, pacy read with twists and turns that lead Izzy further – or closer – to the truth. If you’re looking for a new read with a great element of crime, brilliant characters, wonderful and suspenseful writing, this one is for you. I think it will be a perfect read for a holiday and a book club as there could be so many different discussions about this book.
After reading this, I can’t wait to see what McAllister creates next and I’m going to try and make my way and read the rest of her books. A big thank you to Livvi from Michael Joseph for my copy and the spot on the blog tour! You can check out the rest of the blog tour here:
The Evidence Against You by Gillian McAllister is published now. Have you read it? What did you think? Are you a fan of Gillian McAllister’s books? Let me know in the comments!