About Everything but the Truth
Published: 9th March 2017 (Michael Joseph, Penguin)
Do you ever check your partner’s phone?
Are you prepared for the consequences?
It all started with the email.
Rachel didn’t even mean to look. She loves Jack and she’s pregnant with their child. She trusts him.
But now she’s seen it, she can’t undo that moment. Or the chain of events it has set in motion.
Why has Jack been lying about his past? Just what exactly is he hiding? And doesn’t Rachel have a right to know the truth at any cost?
Everything but the Truth is a brilliant example of domestic noir….a chance sight of words that will potentially change Rachel’s life completely and sets into motion a chain of events that do not let up until Rachel knows the truth. However Rachel has secrets of her own.
Despite being pregnant with Jack’s child, Rachel doesn’t really know him all that well given that they had only been dating a number of weeks before they fell pregnant. Whilst their relationship has moved forward very quickly, Rachel is completely in love with Jack and excited for their future….that is until she sees a snippet of an email that sparks a lot of questions.
Rachel was a Registrar within the paediatrics department of a hospital, at the outset it is not clear why she has walked away from all her medical training and what seems to be the start of a successful career. However, whatever the reason, it clearly still haunts Rachel.
Despite her own secrets, Rachel becomes obsessed with finding out the truth from the email she saw and when Jack starts to be cagey about his past and acting strangely, Rachel is even more determined to find out what he is hiding. Rachel goes to some awful measures uncover the secrets. McAllister intertwines the secrets of Jack and Rachel’s guilt brilliantly – it is clear that Rachel is hiding something herself but McAllister doesn’t share what this is until she is ready. The tension is built up brilliantly through both narrative streams – and when things do come out, it also poses bigger questions about cause and effect.
A brilliant debut that has depth both in its plot and the characters. Full of suspense and intrigue. I look forward to reading more from McAllister.