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Joanna is an avoider. So far she has spent her adult life hiding bank statements and changing career aspirations weekly.

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
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Kindle Edition, 390 pages
Published October 19th 2017 by Penguin
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    Maureen
    Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: netgalley
    I always find it really difficult to write a review for a book that I consider to be exceptional, to put together the right words and phrases to convey just how good it is, to try and do it justice. This is one such book.

    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
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    Paromjit
    Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Gillian McAllister is shaping up to be a must read writer. I loved her debut novel but she has outdone herself here, a brilliant book structured to deliver 2 separate storylines which chart the paths of what happens if our protagonist, Joanna, had decided either to reveal her unintended actions and come clean or concealed them and left the scene. Joanna and her friend, Laura, are out on a Friday night, in an overcrowded pub, when a unprepossessing man presses for a selfie and harasses Jo. The tw ...more
    Kaceey
    Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: edelweiss
    A defining moment in your life. A major crossroads. And is often the case, once The Choice is made...there’s no going back.

    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
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    Jayme
    Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t…

    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
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    Lucie
    WOW! I LOVED THIS ONE SO MUCH!

    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
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    Gary
    Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
    This psychological thriller by Gillian McAllister is like the film Sliding Doors where the story moves between two possible scenarios / outcomes and makes the reader question what they would do in the same situation. The main character Joanna faces a life changing decision when she pushes an unknown assailant down a concrete flight of stairs. Should she call for an ambulance and explain what has happened or should she leave the scene to avoid the consequences of her actions. The book alternates ...more
    Michelle
    Imagine your out enjoying drinks with your girlfriend when a male bar patron decides to join the two of you at your table. Failing to get the hint to go away he becomes more and more persistent. He eventually makes a play to grab you and rub himself up against you. Horrified you and your friend call it a night and leave the bar immediately.

    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
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    Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    This is an intelligent and deep novel. I dove into the book without any expectations and found it gave me back more than I'd hoped for. This is a book that makes you think, question "what would I do?" and challenge your own morals and beliefs.

    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
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    Irena BookDustMagic
    Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    So… Do you know that case when you read a book and you want to talk about it with everyone around you, even though they didn’t read it nor they’re familiar with the story? And you just want to question them all the time “What would you do?”

    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
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    Miriam Smith
    Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    An ingenious concept for a novel, "Anything You Do Say", by the much loved and respected writer Gillian McAllister is an excellent book that I enjoyed from start to finish.
    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
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    Nazanin
    Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
    4.25 Stars

    "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
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    BIBLIOMANIAC MJ
    Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: netgalley
    You are a woman walking home alone late at night when you realise someone is following you, edging closer and closer. What do you do in this terrifying scenario?

    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
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    Rebecca Carter
    Anything You Do Say is a tense and fast paced thriller which reminded me in its structure of "Sliding Doors". The story poses a moral dilemma and really makes you think and question yourself, as to what you would do yourself in the main protagonists shoes.

    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
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    Liz Barnsley
    Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    What would you do?

    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
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    Mandy White
    Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: library
    Absolutely fantastic book! I love that it was different.. 2 different takes on what happens next. What would you do.. conceal or reveal? So happy that my local library managed to get this one as it us hard to get here in Australia. Great book!
    Zoe Mann
    Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
    'Anything you do say' by Gillian McAllister is a psychological thriller like no other I have come across.

    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
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    Louise Wilson
    Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Joanna is an a avoider. She has spent her audult life hiding bank statements and changing career aspirations weekly. One night Joanna hears footsteps on the way home. Is she being followed? Is it the man from the bar who would not leave her alone? Hearing the footsteps sped up Joanna turns and pushes with all her might, sending her persurer down the steps and lying motionless on the floor.

    This book is quite cleverly written. The main character, Joanna Oliva, on the one hand is vunerable and scar
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    Rachel Hall
    Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    In her second sensational novel, Anything You Do Say, Gillian McAllister has cemented his status amongst the top tier of bestselling authors with her intelligent and thought-provoking brand of crime fiction which is both articulate and well-researched. Launching into a moral quagmire of potentially seismic consequences from the off, McAllister wastes no time in presenting a dilemma fraught with implications and caveats.

    What begins with a Friday night out with best-friend Laura and an innocuous
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    Karen
    Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    The ‘Sliding Doors’ concept in books is not new, its been done before, as have books focusing on a moral dilemma and I’ve read plenty of those but to me this felt fresh and different. In Anything You Do Say, the plot revolves around two possible outcomes following an incident late at night by a canal path. Our protagonist Joanna is faced with a situation that every woman fears – you are walking home on your own late at night and you think that someone is following you. What Joanna decides to do ...more
    Ceecee
    Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
    This is a really clever story as it follows two scenarios that the central character Joanna Oliva could take after pushing someone she thought was following her down some steps and seriously injuring him. Should she help and ring for an ambulance? Reveal? Or conceal and walk away? The book explores the dual path that Joanna could take into differing scenarios and cleverly converges at the end. It’s a really good read and very well written.
    Jennifer
    May 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    2-3 stars

    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
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    Nicki
    Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Well this has certainly got me wondering which path I would choose if I found myself in this situation.

    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
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    Charlene Wedgner
    Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I picked this up in Sainsbury’s this morning and knew within a few pages I was reading a winner.

    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
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    DeAnn
    May 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: edelweiss-2020, 2020
    3 Sliding Doors Stars

    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
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    Joanne Robertson
    Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    I absolutely loved Gillian McAllisters debut novel Everything but The Truth so I couldn’t wait to read Anything You Do Say as I just had to find out if Gillian McAllister could match the magic of her wonderful debut. And you know what? She absolutely has! This is such a thought provoking read with an intriguing plot that has been very carefully crafted then given a very clever delivery. It packed an emotional punch that left me mentally drained by the end but I absolutely loved it. No other book ...more
    Lynda Kelly
    Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: deleted
    I was quite enjoying this story but the leading lady....whether in the Reveal or Conceal chapters, is a neurotic mess and I just couldn't spend a minute more with her !! I staggered through it till I was 29% in and finally she had me beat.
    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
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    Eva
    Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    With so many books carrying the label of psychological thriller these days, it’s a tough genre to stand out in but Gillian McAllister manages to do exactly that in the most fabulous way.

    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
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    Tracy Fenton
    Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    What a brilliant, thought-provoking and original story! Anything You Do Say is being marketed as “Gone Girl meets Sliding Doors” which possibly won’t entice you to read it if you didn’t like Gone Girl, so here are my thoughts.

    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
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    Rachel Gilbey
    Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
    What would you do if you had been harassed in a bar for part of an evening, were nervy and jumpy and then expected to walk back to the station late at night by yourself? Especially if you as you are a walking hear footsteps behind you, and believe you are being followed?

    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
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    Katy Noyes
    Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
    Would you? Wouldn't you? Moral brain-scratching and a chance to see what would happen both ways...

    4.5 stars

    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
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