|Everything but the Truth : Gillian McAllister|
Confession time: Everything But The Truth was a book I'd been wanting to read for a while, so I positively pounced upon the NetGalley email link when it arrived with a review request. I'd heard a lot about it and was kind of intrigued to see whether the book lived up to the hype.
We're thrown straight into Jack and Rachel's relationship. They've been together merely months, but are expecting a baby. Still getting used to one another, Rachel begins to feel as though something isn't right and starts desperately looking for something to cement her feelings. Looking through Jack's iPad when an email pings in shows her that perhaps she does have reason to worry. Is there something Jack isn't telling her about his past? Can she trust him? How well does she know him? Rachel's internal monologue begins to drive her crazy as she becomes more and more desperate to find out what Jack's big secret is.
Anyone who has ever been unsure of their place in a new relationship will be able to relate to Rachel in some way as she convinces herself that doing some recearch on Jack's past will throw up some secrets. Is she just assuming this to be the case, though? Rachel's growing neuroses become peppered with references to the fact that she might just be hiding her own secret. These become hints. Huge big hints, like the proverbial elephant footprints in the butter dish. In being so keen to hide her own secret, is she pushing her new boyfriend too far away as she tries to uncover what she thinks he's hiding?
To be honest, I enjoyed this book more than I'd expected to. I'd take issue with the fact that it's being marketed as a psychological thriller - it just doesn't seem to fit there, but I'm finding it hard to pigeonhole this as anything other than domestic noir without the tension. But anyhow. McAllister seems keen to show off her legal backrground with references to the nuances of the Scottish court system and that of the relatively recent introduction of Clare's Law.
Throughout the book, I couldn't see how Rachel and Jack could possibly be right for one another, but perhaps that's what makes the book so realistic. Sometimes relationships can be as much about circumstance as anything else and the balance hangs in how you end up dealing with the things life decides to throw at you. Including any secrets your partner might be hiding.