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How to Disappear: The gripping psychological thriller with an ending that will take your breath away Copertina flessibile – 9 luglio 2020
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The gripping Sunday Times bestseller that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last page
'Bravo! How to Disappear is undoubtedly her best yet. Gripping and emotional - a cracking read' Clare Mackintosh
'A relentless drumroll of suspense . . . ranks among the best psychological-suspense thrillers of recent years' A. J. Finn
You can run, you can hide, but can you disappear for good?
Lauren's daughter Zara witnessed a terrible crime. But speaking up comes with a price, and when Zara's identity is revealed online, it puts a target on her back.
The only choice is to disappear.
To keep Zara safe, Lauren will give up everything and everyone she loves, even her husband.
There will be no goodbyes. Their pasts will be rewritten. New names, new home, new lives.
The rules are strict for a reason. They are being hunted. One mistake - a text, an Instagram like - could bring their old lives crashing into the new.
They can never assume someone isn't watching, waiting.
As Lauren will learn, disappearing is easy. Staying hidden is harder . . .
'Totally addictive, with twists that repeatedly pulled the rug from under my feet' Erin Kelly
'Tense and unpredictable. I couldn't put it down' Claire Douglas
'If Jodi Picoult wrote psychological thrillers, they would look like this. A compulsive read with a jaw-dropping twist, I read it in a day' Rosamund Lupton
'An intricate and spellbinding exploration of the devastating ripples that spread from a terrible crime' Holly Seddon
'I read How to Disappear with my heart in my mouth' Lia Louis
'Chilling' Mariella Frostrup, Times Radio
A clever and original thriller with a brilliant ending. Beautifully written and emotional as well as tense and unpredictable, I couldn't put it down. -- Claire Douglas
Totally addictive: clever, convincing and ingeniously plotted with twists that repeatedly pulled the rug from under my feet. But more than that, How to Disappear is peopled with characters so real and relatable you feel you could reach out and touch them. Any crime writer can keep you turning the pages - but few can make you care this much. -- Erin Kelly
Some thrillers stage a few moments of high anxiety (at best); more thrillers simply sprinkle jitters here and there, like piano ditties peppered lightly with minor chords. ButHow to Disappear is a relentless drumroll of suspense, a knife-edge novel in which - at any moment, with any word, in the spaces between words - the characters can drop into danger as though falling through a trapdoor. They aren't safe for even an instant . . . and neither is the reader who cares about them (and who couldn't?). Gillian McAllister's rattling, deeply satisfying book ranks among the best psychological-suspense thrillers of recent years, but you'll be reminded too of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty, Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere. Bloody hell, this is a good one. -- A. J. Finn
If Jodi Picoult wrote psychological thrillers, they would look like this. A compulsive read with a jaw-dropping twist, I read it in a day -- Rosamund Lupton
Tense, twisty and perfectly paced, How To Disappear is a compelling portrait of a family under unbearable pressure - where one false step invites disaster into all their lives -- T. M. Logan
Gillian McAllister has done it again. How to Disappear is a captivating story with unforgettable characters. This is one you can't put down and you won't soon forget -- Samantha Downing
I couldn't look away from this intricate and spellbinding exploration of the devastating ripples that spread from a terrible crime. The desperate and dangerous slippery slope that one family finds themselves on is as gut punching as it is believable. Whip smart and wonderfully written. -- Holly Seddon
This intricately plotted drama is a masterclass in taut, twisty but beautiful writing ― Sun
A clever, compulsive, cat-and-mouse family thriller that made my heart race. Never ever, would I want to go into a witness protection programme after this. Absolutely brilliant -- Jane Corry
High tension, believable characters and a terrific plot. A truly riveting read -- Lesley Kara
A totally gripping and heart-wrenching story that leaves you breathless. Her best book yet, and that's saying something -- Jane Fallon
At its core, this tense page-turner is a deeply original love story, and its characters are so warm and real that they stole my heart. I was absolutely gripped by Lauren, Aidan and Zara's story - rarely have I read a novel so fast. -- Beth O'Leary
Tense and brilliant. If anyone's found expired with a copy of it lying next to them, it'll be because they flat-out forgot to breathe. This is her best book yet -- Jill Mansell
My goodness, it's brilliant. The ending blew me away! A superb, tense and thrilling ride. I admit I stayed up far too late to finish it, but it was so worth it -- Melanie Golding
If you read one book this year, make it this one -- Adam Croft
I read How to Disappear with my heart in my mouth. Beautiful, layered, suffocating, with an impossible love story at its heart. -- Lia Louis
Another brilliant psychological thriller from Gillian McAllister ― Hello!
Utterly compelling, addictive and gripping; the best psychological thriller I've read this year -- Lucy Clarke
I was blown away. Being forced to consider the reality of life under witness protection, of family members having to make impossible, brutal choices, was heartbreaking. I think it will resonate with many people. It's an outstanding and utterly gripping novel that deserves to be a bestseller -- Emma Curtis
A highly original novel about witness protection that is tense and compelling with a great ending. Her best yet! -- Mark Edwards
Intense, utterly believable and at times shocking, it will make you see the world - even one in confinement - through new eyes ― WI Life
This book explores just how brutal witness protection can be, and the choices people involved must make ― Woman's Own
This intricately plotted drama is a masterclass in taut, twisty but beautiful writing ― Fabulous
A rollercoaster that will leave you gasping and turning the pages for more ― Refinery29
The author's best book yet ― Prima
Included in 'The Hottest Summer Reads' ― Cosmopolitan
Included in 'Book Club' ― Woman's Weekly
Praise for Gillian McAllister ― -
I read it in a breathless day and a half. I loved every page
As tense as a piano string ― Sunday Times
An exceptional debut
An exceptional thriller with a thumping, emotional heart ― Heat
Addictive, clever, twisty ― Sun
I loved this gripping and thought-provoking read
Ingeniously constructed, with real flesh-and-blood characters and cliff-hanging suspense
Tense, compelling, with a clever grand reveal ― Daily Mail
One of the best courtroom dramas I've ever read
Kept me glued to every page ― Good Housekeeping
Gripping, cleverly-constructed, and heart-wrenching. Truly original
Intelligent. Compulsive. Heart-wrenching. Unforgettable
A thrilling mystery with a strong emotional heart ― Woman & Home
McAllister ratchets up the tension to excellent effect in this addictive page-turner ― Connaught Telegraph
- Editore : Penguin (9 luglio 2020)
- Lingua : Inglese
- Copertina flessibile : 480 pagine
- ISBN-10 : 1405942428
- ISBN-13 : 978-1405942423
- Peso articolo : 330 g
- Dimensioni : 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 866 in Thriller domestici
- n. 1,217 in Thriller politici
- n. 1,750 in Thriller legali
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I’ve always been curious about witness protection programmes and how they work, especially about whether or not anyone is ever found and how hard is it to just disappear? Would you tell the truth and testify against someone you know is a criminal if it meant that you had to leave the life you know and start again, often leaving behind those you love, never knowing when or even if you will see them again. That’s what happens to Zara and her mother Lauren after she witnessed a heinous crime. And that’s all I want to say about the plot as you need to read this with no preconceived ideas! All I will say is that this book is heartbreaking and shocking and I howled my eyes out whilst reading it.
How to Disappear is a contender for my book of 2020.
Because of Zara’s lies, the two young footballers have lost their careers and the club has lost a lot of money. Outrage quickly whips up and Zara finds herself the target of a vicious vendetta. Despite her identity being protected in court, she is quickly outed and targeted, so much so that the police offer her and her family witness protection.
Zara and her ditzy mum, Lauren choose to take the protection, leaving behind Aiden and Poppy, Zara’s stepdad and stepsister. Poppy can’t leave her mum, who has MS, and Aiden cannot leave Poppy. The sacrifice of having to tear apart your family and leave behind your loved ones is well shown. I do think a lot more people would have been quite a lot angrier at Zara and much less indulgent. However noble her intentions, she has caused an awful lot of trouble and I thought everyone was just a little bit too civilised and understanding.
This is the second book I have read recently with the villains as murderous footie fans; it did make a change from conniving husbands/sisters/younger women at work, but I found it a bit unrealistic in places. OK, its very easy to find someone now with social media etc, but a rabble of angry blokes just seemed to find Zara so easily, outfoxing the police and protection services at all angles. They should maybe have renounced being football hooligans and joined the secret service.
Having said that, Zara and Lauren made it very easy. I thought at times the book should have been titled “How Not to Disappear”. They whined endlessly at being banished to the Badlands outside London; having to live in rural Cumbria and needing to drive, no 24 hour shops, street lights, etc. At times it made them seem very insular, with no idea of life outside their own environment. Neither of them could keep their mouths shut or stay off social media either.
Lauren’s thing with the bath also began to really grate on me. Lauren likes cake and baths, great. The boiler didn’t work in the new place but instead of calling a plumber, like most normal people would, we have an endless monologue of why Lauren can’t get in the bath.
While Zara and Lauren are in hiding, Aiden takes it upon himself to try and infiltrate the football gang, not very convincingly, I have to say. Aiden is trying to get enough evidence before the gang close in on Lauren and Zoe, but will he manage it?
Despite the bath saga, this was a good book and an engaging read. I thought it tipped into being a family drama a bit too much at times, rather than a thriller, but I enjoyed reading it.
I liked the 2 girls ...very believable . BUT Lauren got on my nerves or rather the author did when she went on and on about how much Lauren missed her husband ...I was like okay, I get it...move on...There was too much of it. Also, how could Lauren and Aiden be so stupid ...Ridiculous. BUT I liked the bit in York and thought Zara was very well portrayed and Poppy too. I loved the twist at the end...clever, but poor Aiden and Poppy who had to wait for the truth in agony of soul...(don't want to say too much but all I can say is I was so disappointed in the ending at first, but then it swung round - very clever)
so, I was swithering between 3 and 4 stars for this book, because as well as parts of it being beyond credible, I hated the amount of swearing. Way too much of it and it spoiled it because I don't expect it in G.As books. But overall an enjoyable read, so 4 stars it is.
The group of vigilantes would certainly have known who their infiltrator was after rudimentary research, they'd even seen him in court... so that was hard to swallow. And the personality switch from 'determined and must do the right thing regardless of the consequences' to difficult and ungrateful teen in the turn of a page made no sense to me. These things were all plot devices and others won't have issue with them I'm sure, but they are the reasons I felt unable to give more stars. I even got a bit frustrated that they hadn't taken Bill with them!
It certainly won't put me off reading other books by Gillian McAllister but the story in this one didn't quite hit the spot for me.