Anything You Do Say
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 tumbli ...more
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Joanna (Jo) and Laura are on a girls night out - a few drinks, a chance to catch up on work, partners, just life in general. All's going well until a guy pesters Jo for a selfie, she agrees but then he won't leave her alone, so Jo and Laura decide to leave early and head for hom ...more
Joanna steps out with her best friend for drinks. Another typical Friday night - girls’ night! But when one man in the bar won’t leave Joanna alone it was time to call it a night and just go home. But Joanna's sixth-sense tells her that creep from the bar is following her. One decisive motion is all it takes. Now the consequences. What to do? What choice to make.
Gillian McA ...more
I remember, as a younger, single woman, going to a bar with a friend, and having drinks sent over. If you acknowledged the sender with a raised glass as a “Thank You” it was misconstrued as an invitation to join you. If you did not, you were labeled as rude.
Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t...
Joanna and her friend, Laura, are out for a drink, and their husbands are at home. They just want to catch up with each other, but a situation like the one above e ...more
This 'Sliding Doors' genre novel expertly follows two possible outcomes, two separate pathways Joanna's life takes, depending upon which decision she makes at a single pivotal moment in time.
The chapters alternate between Path A and Path B, and the reader follows both pathways at the same time, like concurring alternate universes.
During a night at a club, Joanna is harassed by a man who won't stop touching her. At the end of the night, she's heading home on a desert ...more
As you make your way to the train station, alone, you begin to hear footsteps behind you. You speed up and they speed up. You stop and they stop. This can't ...more
The clever plot is actually two plots. This is like two books in one. Moving between the two scenarios is seamless and smooth. No confusion or losing track of what's happening. Both plot lines are fascinating and make for an exciting read. I was propelled t ...more
That is what happened to me with this book, and I dare to say it will happen’ to most of the readers. I just couldn’t help it! I wanted to know what would my colleagues do if they were in Joanna’s shoes. It got so bad, I started guessing what each colleague wo ...more
Incorporating a moral dilemma following a night out with her friend Laura, Joanna is involved in an incident that sees a stranger lying seriously injured at the bottom of some concrete steps.
The two stories in one are told from the point of view of both possible actions after the incident - reveal: should she call 999 or - con ...more
"With sadness, you cry. With grief, you miss somebody. But fear. Fear gets under your skin. And you can do nothing but feel it. Worry about it."
I wish we all had this opportunity when we face a dilemma, we knew what’s waiting for us at the end of our choices so then we could choose wisely but unfortunately the real world doesn’t work this way and we must live with our choices, both good and bad.
Joanna did something. She pushed someone down the steps just because she thought he was foll ...more
Joanna finds herself in this very situation, and in fear, she pushes her unknown assailant down a flight of stairs, where he remains face down, lying in an awkward position, unconscious. Should she do the right thing by calling an ambulance, explaining her motives for pushing her pursuer, or should she do what she does best, avoid the si ...more
On her way home from a night out, which ended unpleasantly, Joanna believes she is being followed by a man who was harassing her in a bar. When he gets too close, she turns and pushes him down a flight of steps. What follows is what happens wh ...more
A momentary, impulsive, split second decision and suddenly you have your life and that of another teetering on the edge of the next move you make...
"Anything You Do Say" is a dual narrative, incredibly thought provoking character drama, peppered with realistically flawed people and a moral dilemma at the heart of it that may keep you up at night. Gillian Mcallister pulls no punches with either of the possible outcomes, laying it out for the reader, paring back her characters pe ...more
Joanna is on a night out when she is sexually assaulted by a man who won't take no for an answer, on her walk home she hears someone following her. She slows down, the man slows down. She increases her speed, the man increases his speed. It doesn't take long for the man to be right behind her. What should she do? Fight or flight? Joanna builds up all her courage and pushes the man before he ...more
This book is quite cleverly written. The main character, Joanna Oliva, on the one hand is vunerable and scar ...more
What begins with a Friday night out with best-friend Laura and an innocuous ...more
I so wanted to love this book, I really did. I love the whole Sliding Doors concept in books and two different story arcs, but I just couldn’t get into this book. Maybe it was the premise or the fact that Joanna simply drove me batshit crazy or that none of the characters are particularly likable. Her husband is a Grade A jerk who is constantly condescending toward Jo, although admittedly, Jo is a woman child in her 30’s who hasn’t matured past age 16.
I also struggled with the whole pr ...more
For the whole of her adult life Joanna has been a avoider.She would much rather ignore a situation than face it head on and deal with it.
Then one night Joanna hears footsteps on her way home from a night out.She has just had a bad experience with a man in a bar and she is sure that it is him following her.Hearing the steps speed up Joanna turns and pushes with all her might,sending her pursuer ...more
Hours later and a long bath my mind is blown…this book is incredible!!
Read it!! Plus saying it right now this has tv /film written all over it .
This is a book that will make you question not only the situation, the characters actions but also yourself??
What would you do ?
Life is a result of choices we make and this book realistically and scarily represents this .
I was so embedded in Joannas life even ...more
This tale features an alternating timeline where the main character has made a choice and now must live with the consequences. Joanna is out with her best friend when a guy at the bar just will not leave her alone. The two women leave the bar and separately head for home.
As she heads for the Tube, Joanna hears footsteps and feels that the man is following her and getting closer. She makes a split decision to push him away before he attacks her. He falls down a set of stairs ...more
Right at the beginning-the opening sentence is "It starts with a selfie"-and her and her pal were at a bar with some bloke they didn't know and they were having a selfie taken with him.....they didn't even know his name at this point !! Now, call me old-fashion ...more
For many among us, the scenario isn’t all that hard to fathom. Walking the dark streets on your own, thinking you’re being followed. Imagine taking action but then something horrible occurs. This is what happens to Joanna as she believes she’s being followed by a man who harassed her in a bar. She pushes her purs ...more
Anything You Do Say is an intelligent and clever story involving Joanna who has to make a life changing decision when she pushes an unknown assailant down a concrete flight of stairs; should she call the ambulance and admit her actions or should she flee the scene and prete ...more
Well Joanne makes the decision to push him, and then has to make the toughest decision of her life as he lays their unmoving - to call 999 or not?
I honestly don't know what I would do in her shoes, other than potentially have ca ...more
I loved Sliding Doors, and love the sort of novels that allow you to see different paths resulting from the same action (also see 'The Versions of You'). The premise here is simple - a woman, harassed at a nightclub, walks home and is followed. She pushes the man and he falls down some steps, obviously badly injured, possibly fatally. Does she stay, call the police and face the consequences ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. Thriller/Mystery- A book with two scenarios, man left at the bottom of the stairs, does the girl stay or does she leave him? [s]||4||24||Feb 08, 2019 07:35AM|