Title: Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister


Title: Wrong Place Wrong Time

Author: Gillian McAllister

Published: 12th May 2022, Michael Joseph

Status: Read June 2022 courtesy Penguin UK/Netgalley



My Thoughts:


Jen’s relief at her teenage son’s return home late one October Friday night, turns to horror as she witnesses him stab a man just meters from their front door. Todd is promptly arrested, and Jen, along with her husband, Kelly, are left stunned, unable to speak with him until the next morning when they can return with a solicitor. The last thing Jen remembers of that night is dozing on the sofa, but when she wakes she is in bed, Todd is in his bedroom, Kelly is at work, and it’s Friday morning …again.

Jen is confused, her son and husband are bemused by her story, and Jen allows herself to be convinced she dreamed the whole thing, but nevertheless insists Todd stays home, and as she’s falling asleep she is confident she’s avoided a nightmare scenario. So why, when she next wakes, is it the day before the day before?

Every time Jen wakes, she finds herself further back in the past, sometimes days, weeks and even years, eventually realising that to change the future, and save her son, she has to determine where everything went wrong. I felt sympathy for Jen as her whole life slowly began to unravel, her past revealing crushing secrets, and admired her determination to find the answers.

The plot is intricate, though not unfathomably so, once you become comfortable with the time slips. While I’m not a fan of time travel generally, I found I was quickly absorbed in this high concept story. The novel unfolds at a compelling pace, despite moving backwards from the crime to its cause, and offers plenty of surprising twists. The epilogue too is quite the stunner.

Intriguing and clever, Gillian McAllister presents an original premise executed with impressive skill in Wrong Place Wrong Time.


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6 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Aug 08, 2022 @ 01:37:05

    I like the sound of this one! Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person


  3. WendyW
    Aug 08, 2022 @ 11:35:46

    That is a fascinating premise. I can’t imagine her horror at waking up a day earlier every day. I think I would enjoy this. Fab review, Shellyrae.



  4. Helen Murdoch
    Aug 08, 2022 @ 13:59:11

    Time travel isn’t usual for me so I may give this one a miss, but it does sound promising.

    Liked by 1 person


  5. BonnieReadsAndWrites
    Aug 08, 2022 @ 20:55:33

    I have got to read this! It sounds fantastic.



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