Anything You Do Say eBook blog tour – Day 5

Welcome to Day 5 of Gillian McAllisters ebook blog tour of her latest book – Anything You Do Say.  I was kindly sent a copy by Penguin Books in exchange for an honest review.

Joanna is an avoider. So far she has spent her adult life hiding bank statements and changing career aspirations weekly. But then one night Joanna hears footsteps on the way home. Is she being followed? She is sure it’s him; the man from the bar who wouldn’t leave her alone. Hearing the steps speed up Joanna turns and pushes with all of her might, sending her pursuer tumbling down the steps and lying motionless on the floor. Now Joanna has to do the thing she hates most – make a decision. Fight or flight? Truth or lie? Right or wrong?

This book is so clever, I dont think ive come across a premise quite like it before. We get to see the story from two different angles, From the perspective of Joanna if she decides to stay, call an ambulance and confess her mistake or if she runs, lies and keeps what she did a secret. It certainly is a page turner and made me more stressed with every chapter, but happily so because it meant the author was doing a good job.  However I did have some reservations with the book, here are my Pro’s and Con’s



Very interesting sounding premise, a sliding doors style, what if, two scenario story.

Never read anything like it before.

The book builds up pace like a runaway train.

The tension is ramped up, like waiting for the explosion at the end of a firework.

Very well rounded characters, builds up the relationships beautifully.

Really enjoyed her writing style and how she created her characters, it kept me gripped for ages.


Tension built up over 4/5th of the book just fizzles out in last few chapters

Disappointing ending which I actually saw coming a little earlier but hoped i was wrong about.

Unnecessary dialogue and rather too wordy in places which kept stopping the build up of tension and gradually annoyed me as it went on.

Teaser about halfway through the book came to nothing but that could just have been me wanting things to go a different way.


Rating: 3.5/5 (was a 5/5 until last few chapters)

I would still very much recommend this book to anyone who loves thrillers and crime novels.

The ebook is out on 19th October and the paperback in January 2018. Its well worth your time.

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Dont forget to check out Day 6 tomorrow which is hosted by Chelles Book Reviews

End of the year Book Tag

The last 3rd of 2017 has begun so lets answer these questions

Q1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

A. Oh baby what a question! Yes there certainly are:

Enjoying all of these books a lot! but things just keep getting in the way (damn you real life) and I keep putting them down again.

Q2. Do you have an Autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

A. (See answer above)  Autumn by Ali Smith is the most autumnal sounding book i’ve ever owned but isn’t so much about the season itself. Other than that, NO.

Q3. Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

A. Oh yes indeedy! This baby

Its set before previous ‘His Dark Materials’ books and i’ve read a sneak preview and love it already.

Q4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

A. So many books, far more than three but i choose these and all of them make my mouth water with excitement!

Look at the gorgeousness before you and bow!

Q5. Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your book of the year?

A. I have a hunch it could be this beauty

There is just something about the cover, the story premise and combined with all ive heard about it i reckon it could sneak up on me.

Q6. Have you already begun making plans for 2018?

A. Absolutely I have! I’ve kindly been sent a few books which arent due out until 2018 and i have a few on my spreadsheet that I want to buy too.

Its gonna be a costly year! But then when isnt it?

Well thems my answers and I tag whoever reads this to take part.

What books are you excited for in the last few months of 2017?

Songs About a Girl by Chris Russell

Oh how I wish i’d had this book back when i was a teen and followed boy bands. It captures perfectly the feelings of what it was like to be ‘in love’ with the band members. To want to meet them and know everything about them. With my son being in a band I can also identify with the tensions between band members which is something this book does really well.

Digressing for a second, my first loves were the Bay City Rollers but i also loved a band called Flintlock back in the 70’s (oh god im old!) I would have killed to have met any of them or know them better. Fast forward nearly 40 years and my son who has been in bands on and off for 10 years ends up getting to know one of the band members of Flintlock well and kindly got one of their albums signed for me as a Christmas present. *swoon*

Okay back to the book. I love Chris’ easy going writing style which makes this just so damn readable. Its a chunker of a book but I flew through it. It has love, music and mystery and will appeal to music fans of all ages.

I liked Charlie, she manages to keep her feet on the floor even when her heart is telling her differently. Of the four members of Fire & Light if i was a teen today I think id be crushing on Yuki. He feels to me like a George Harrison, young and more unassuming who was my fav of the Beatles. I wonder if Chris called him Harrison after George?

I may be a tad older than the demographic this book is geared towards but I just love YA books and couldnt really give a damn!

I have book Two of this series ‘Songs about us’ so i can continue to indulge my teenage self for a bit longer yet.

5/5 stars

Book Mail #3

BOOM! take a look at this!

I only got a copy of the wonderful Jen Cambell’s book, The Beginning of the world in the middle of the night! How exciting is that?

A huge thank you to Two Roads books for this treat.

It came with some fab little goodies too including:

  • a sort of tea ball? not sure as i dont drink tea
  • A bag of silver Smarties
  • a large seed, which looks like it could be some sort of bean. I will definitely plant it and see what happens.
  • a nice letter from Jen herself

Isn’t that such a cool idea? and i’m so honoured to be one of the lucky bloggers to get a copy.

Its published in Hardback on 2nd November


Book Beginnings on Friday

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Today i’m taking part in Book Beginnings on Friday, which is a bookish meme hosted by Gilion over at Rose City Reader

The idea is that you share the first sentence or thereabouts of the book you’re reading along with any thoughts or first impressions you have on it.  I’ve not taken part in this one yet and as i’ve just begun a new book its worked out just right.

So my book is this

Armada by Ernest Cline, and as you can see i’m reading this on my new Kindle.

So here is the opening sentence

Isnt that just an opener you cant refuse?  Its a Sci Fi/fantasy book and not my usual sort at all but i loved Ready Player One so I thought i’d check out his next book.  So, is he dreaming? having hallucinations? in a computer game? or is it real? Only time and reading the book will tell.



How i keep organised with new books

Watching so many book tubers as i do I get to hear about loads and loads of stupendous new books coming out in a few weeks/months time. Now i dont know about you but i cant keep track of them all and their publishing dates and i’d hate to miss even one of them being available for purchasing, wouldnt you?

So whats the solution?

Spreadsheets!  yes thats right a good old fashioned spreadsheet.

Here’s one i made earlier:

I find it so useful for keeping track of whats coming out.  A lot of the books are most probably already published as i dont really buy hardback books so this is mostly for me to see when the paperback version comes out.  I hate having to wait so long for them when i really want to read the book.

You are welcome to use this information if it helps.

How do you keep track of books youre waiting for to arrive?

A new Stephanie Meyer novel, for adults?

Yes indeedy folks, she has written her first ever novel for us grown ups (did i just admit to being a grown up? not true, not true at all) its called…

The Chemist


and i’m getting sent a copy on its publication date next month – 8th November *all the cheers and clappings*

but in the meantime I was sent this intriguing package the other day from those splendid people at Little Brown





  • A set of postcards – always nice
  • a pen shaped like a syringe and there’s a syringe on the cover – really cool tie in
  • a mini torch called a Jazooli! a god damn real, cool, pocket sized torch – Wah!

I never get to be part of these mega cool marketing techniques that other bloggers get (are you detecting sour grapes and a tantrum in the air too?) so its such a thrill for me to get these and know a book is on its way to me.

Mind you I have a confession to make. I have only ever read about 1/3rd of Twilight. Yes, i know what a bad reader I am but vampires just dont float my boat im afraid, its all that pale complexion and blood dripping everywhere (shudders)

Im ready to give her first adult book a good go though.

What have you been reading? Have you read any of her books? what have i missed by being a wuss?

lets chat


Calling all Genealogists – this book is for you

Marriage Law for Genelogists by Rebecca Probert

Published by Takeaway Publishing

Price £9.99

At first glance this book may not seem to be very interesting, exciting or humorous but to all genealogists and family historians out there its a MUST HAVE book.

I am one of those genealogists, in an amateur way anyway and this book will be very useful for me in my research.

Tracing ancestors marriages is a big part of family history but before registration in 1837 it was hard to find definite proof. There are many laws, rules and regulations surrounding the whole thing but this book is written in plain English and makes the whole thing a pleasure to read and learn.

I use it more as a ‘dip into when needed’ reference book but you can read it from cover to cover as a fascinating historical document.

Whats on your workdesk Wednesday 207

A short post from me this week as there’s lots going on and im off to work very soon (BOO)
Im looking forward to Week 208, i’ve never taken part before.
 What am i on about?
Why the weekly desk nosiness hosted by the kindly Julia at The Stamping Ground of course.
My desk this week contains Happy Mail! *squeals loudly and frightens the animals*
This parcel arrived all the way from Australia no less. It was from my husbands cousin who i am very good friends with
inside it was a lovely wrapped parcel, and its not even my birthday or Christmas, arent i lucky?
Inside that was a copy of her book of family stories and her fascinating life both in the UK and Australia where she emigrated to as a child.
Its a wonderful read for anyone not just family members and is now available on Amazon too.
She has inspired me to write down my life stories and family history to pass onto my son later on.
Have a good week and dont forget to stop by The Stamping Ground and snoop around lots more tidy/untidy/exciting/messy/crafty desks.
Gill x