No Further Questions is the first book I have read by Gillian McAllister. I bought the book from a charity book fair. Don’t you just love getting amazing books from book fairs. I spent a lot of time and bought a lot of books from that fair. Today, I will tell you my thoughts on No Further Questions.
Trigger warning: story includes much talk of the death of a baby.
The police say she’s guilty.
She insists she’s innocent.
She’s your sister.
You loved her.
You trusted her.
But they say she killed your child.
Who do you believe?
Original, devilishly clever and impossible to forget, this is a thriller with a difference. You won’t be able to tear yourself away from the trial that will determine both sisters’ fates.
Published October 4th 2018 by Penguin
This is a story of two sisters, best friends, always there for the other, always supporting, having fun and take aways…… until something terrible happens.
Becky and Martha have always been so close so it seemed only natural that Becky would look after Martha’s daughter while Martha was at work. It helped them both out….. until the night Layla died.
The plot revolves around the court case of the death of baby Layla. The chapters alternate between Martha and Becky’s points of view. I think this was a clever way to write the book as you feel for both sisters. If it was only written from one sisters side, the reader would surely side with that sister. The sisters are opposites in their personalities but as a reader the tragedy fell to both sisters in my opinion. And this is a tragic story with no winners, only great characterisation and clever writing skill.
I really liked Becky’s relationship with her ex Husband. We learn more about this as the book goes on and towards the end I really got a feeling of how their relationship worked.
The end of the book was not what I was expecting. It is a storyline that I have thought about again and again since finishing the book.
Although this is not the usual kind of book that I would go for, I enjoyed the writing and plot skill. The characters were fully developed and I got a deep sense of Martha and Becky, but also of their other halves.
I recommend this book to readers who enjoy legal dramas.