Wrong Place Wrong Time is the latest novel by bestselling author Gillian McAllister.
I don’t tend to read many thrillers these days but I was intrigued by the premise of this one.
Jen is living every parent’s worst nightmare. She has just witnessed her happy, funny, intelligent teenage son murder a complete stranger.
Jen doesn’t know the victim or why her son would do such a thing. All she knows is that his once-promising future is now in tatters as he is arrested for his crime. Jen goes to bed in despair, desperate for answers.
However, when she wakes up Todd is at home, and it’s yesterday. The crime is yet to happen.
Every day Jen wakes up a day earlier. She knows the answers must lie in the past and she must do everything she can to find them, and stop the crime from happening.
This was such a clever and original book. I loved the unique concept of solving a murder in reverse and it was quite unlike anything I’ve read before.
I imagine it’s incredibly tricky to write a story that goes back in time with every chapter without it becoming confusing. However, the author handles it brilliantly.
Sometimes Jen only goes back a day, other times she goes back months or years. It’s written in a way that makes it easy to keep up with what date Jen is currently reliving.
I also enjoyed the science discussed as an explanation for time travel which made the whole story seem really plausible.
The story had me gripped from the first page. It was a thriller/mystery but also really character-led, which I sometimes find lacking in this particular genre.
I cared about the characters, especially Jen and Todd. As a mum of a teenage boy, it really tugged at my heartstrings. Jen’s self-doubt, guilt and overwhelming love for her son really struck a chord with me.
I didn’t predict where the story was going and it was full of twists and turns throughout. There were definitely a few jaw-drop moments and I found the ending to be satisfying with all loose ends tied up.
I can honestly say this is the best thriller I have read in a long time. A brilliant concept, executed perfectly.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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