Saturday, June 17, 2017

Everything But The Truth by Gillian McAllister


In the Highlands of Scotland two people fell in love like two peas in a pod. Only to discover that they're going to have a baby and don't really know anything about each other, apart from knowing that they were meant to grow old together. 

In the picturesque little village, Oban, an old mansions and its inhabitants had a secret to protect, and in the city of Newcastle the young woman had her reasons for leaving her dream world of being a dedicated doctor. Relationships within Rachel's own family handicapped her efforts to move on and just be happy, trust people, fall in love with love and commitments in itself and feel comfortable with the life she chose to share with Jack, the freelance journalist.

The harder Jack tried to escape his history, the more obsessively Rachel delve into his past. She just could not stop herself, yet could not scrape enough courage together to tell him her own secret.

This atmospheric psychological thriller centers around forgiveness. In order to forgive others, one has to forgive oneself first and before that can actually happen, many mistakes are made and bad memories created. Lives can get ruined and futures can become meaningless, null and void, in the process. 

Richly textured and complex in character, the secrets in the book are slowly revealed. This beautifully written book leaves the reader with thought-provoking questions for which there are no easy answers. I did not like Rachel for most of the book, but in the end it was easy to understand her, and most IMPORTANTLY ... forgive her for rubbing me the wrong way. 

The ending was just perfect. I closed the book with an 'awwwwwww' that left me feeling optimistic and excited about life. 

Thus, a wonderful entertaining, suspenseful, compelling read; tense and intriguing, without ripping my guts out. 

An absolute YES! YES! YES!

It all started with the email.

It came through to her boyfriend's iPad in the middle of the night. 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 doesn't Rachel have a right to know the truth at any cost?

Gillian McAllister graduated with an English degree in 2006 and is now a lawyer with a large law firm.

Her blog has been featured in various publications including Company magazine. You can find it at

She lives in Birmingham with her boyfriend and cat. 

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