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

 

Pros

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.

Cons

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

3 reasons why i finally bought a Kindle

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Yes its true! I did finally succumb and buy myself a Kindle with some Christmas vouchers.

And do you know what?

I think I might really, secretly,

LOVE IT!

Being a mad crazy gadget freak I have wanted one for ages but also haven’t wanted one because i love a the feel of a real book at the same time and i dont want digital books to mean they will be done away with. *horrified look*

So what made you change your mind then Gill?

Well, thanks for asking, i’ll tell you and as the title suggests I have 3 reasons for this

  1.  I dislike hardback books, (and i hate waiting, for anything but especially for a book to come out in paperback form.)  I dont like the weight of them or the fact that the dust jacket slides up and down when i’m reading it.  But I cant remove the dust jacket because most books have a boring plain cover and that would not make me want to read the book. Anyway, i digress. I dont like waiting for a book to come out in paperback when its already been published in hard copy so buying the ebook version means i get to read that book months earlier, plus the Kindle is rather convenient and easier to read than a book in some situations.
  2.  The price of books has sky rocketed in the last 3 years since i began book blogging.  I always buy my books online as i dont have a book shop very close to me. I use Amazon and have always found them to be very well priced compared to WHSmith which is my nearest shop. Books used to be £3.85, £3.99, £4.99 or around that mark and my money and gift vouchers went a long way. Now, for some reason most books cost £5.99, £6.99, £7.99 and even, God help us £9.99! for a paperback! Its disgraceful.  A Kindle ebook can often be anything from £1 to £6 cheaper than the paperback version, plus there is no delivery charge as it can arrive on my Kindle in minutes, for free!  I had a list of 4 books i wanted to buy the other day and i worked out that i could save over £16 by buying the ebook versions! £16! I can buy even more books with what i’m saving, its a win, win situation isnt it.
  3.  And my third reason is to do with the font size. yes the font size!  I’d say, on average that 1 in every 4 books I buy has the most ridiculously small fonts now. WHY Publishers, WHY?  Is it a paper saving thing? They make the font smaller to cram more on the page so they use less paper to make the book?  ARC’s from publishers are guilty of this quite a bit lately. Some proofs come in a form where they use what seems to be really good quality, bright white paper which also makes the book weigh twice as much as an average book and the font is something like 10 point. Now ive worn glasses for years now but my eyes strain terribly trying to read it and there is no enjoyment in reading if my eyes are uncomfortable. But an ebook can be read at any font size you are comfortable with.

I am not endorsing an eReader over real books for one moment, they are too gorgeous and soft and magical and (usually) beautifully produced to ever give them up but I have come round to seeing the advantages of an eReader in some situations, and until the font size gets back to normal and the prices go down to something affordable for all of us I’ll be happy to use my new Kindle.

 

 

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