Isabelle English's father Gabriel has been in prison for seventeen years after being tried and convicted for the murder of Izzy's mother Alexandra. Gabe has always claimed that he is innocent but according to Izzy's police analysis husband Nick, that's what all convinced criminals say and anyway,all the evidence pointed towards him being guilty.
But now Gabe has been released on license and has sent Izzy a letter, he wants to talk, to defend himself against every piece of evidence from his trial. Izzy is torn between loyalty to Nick and the father who gave her a childhood of happy memories.
But should Izzy give her father the benefit of the doubt? Or is Gabe guilty as charged and luring Izzy into a trap?
Throughout this riveting,thought provoking thriller,the chapters that are set in the present day are told from only Izzy's perspective but the chapters set in the past,before and after Alex's murder are told from the duel perspectives of Izzy and Gabe. It's amazing how two people can be present at the same event but their memories of that time be completely different, or is it just a case of,we construct our memories to suit the picture that we want to see. Like all of us, Izzy wanted to believe that her parents were a happy couple but were they? Was Gabe the violent,control freak that the police and prosecution made him out to be or was he just,like he insists a caring,loving husband who adored his wife? Izzy was a complex character who I felt a myriad of emotions for as the story unfolded. I admired her courage and determination to uncover the truth despite almost everyone around her,including her husband Nick insisting that Gabe was guilty. Her battles with her conscience as she was torn between the two men in her life were realistic and it was hard not to feel sympathy for her as she struggled with her conflicting emotions. Gabe was a charming,likeable character but was he a killer? after all, as all readers who enjoy a good psychological thriller know,many psychopaths can appear charming until they reveal their true character. The other secondary characters in this book were a mixed bag of vivid personalities,many of whom had hidden secrets but who killed Alex and why?
Wow,I can't think of a better way to start a brand new year than with the brilliant new psychological thriller written by the exceedingly talented Gillian McAllister. The Evidence Against You is a intricately plotted,twisty,page turner. A gripping tale of manipulation,families,secrets,deception and relashionships. It keeps the reader guessing from the first page,right through to the bitter sweet,heart breaking conclusion. I love Gillian McAllister's books and The Evidence Against You was no exception. Absolutely brilliant and highly recommended by little old me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gillian McAllister has been writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated with an English degree before working as a lawyer. She lives in Birmingham where she now writes full-time. She is the Sunday Times bestselling author of Everything but the Truth, Anything You Do Say, No Further Questions and The Evidence Against You.
PUBLICATION DATE: 18th April 2019
PRINT LENGTH 448 pages
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House UK/ Michael Joseph
GENRE: Psychological Thriller