Every now and again, a book comes along that changes the game for the whole genre.
Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister is one such book.
One night, Jen Brotherhood witnesses something dreadful: her beloved teenage son killing a stranger outside their house. She doesn’t know why or who the man is, all she knows is that’ Todd’s future is over.
But when Jen wakes up the next morning, it’s the day before and the murder hasn’t yet happened. Every morning, Jen travels back in time. Is she being given a chance to play detective and stop the murder in its tracks?
This book is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and Reese’s book club pick, and it’s easy to see why.
It’s a masterclass in plotting – although we’re going backwards, information is revealed and clues seeded meticulously. Every time you think you’re one step ahead, everything you thought you knew is thrown up in the air all over again. The physics was obviously carefully researched and manages to be mind-blowing without being too heavy-going.
And if that weren’t enough, it’s a beautiful, heartrending portrait of motherhood, guilt, regret and righting past wrongs. The writing is like melted butter.
This book absolutely deserves every accolade.
This was my first Gillian McAllister… and it certainly won’t be my last!
If you like clever thrillers with plenty of heart, and you pride yourself in figuring out the ending, look no further!