Wrong Place Wrong Time: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From UK bestselling author Gillian McAllister comes an astonishing, compulsively twisty psychological thriller about a mother who witnesses her teenage son stab a man and then seizes on an unconventional way to try to save him, deemed “perfection, every word, every moment” by Lisa Jewell.
Can you stop a murder after it’s already happened?
Late October. After midnight. You’re waiting up for your seventeen-year-old son. He’s late. As you watch from the window, he emerges, and you realize he isn’t alone: he’s walking toward a man, and he’s armed.
You can’t believe it when you see him do it: your funny, happy teenage son, he kills a stranger, right there on the street outside your house. You don’t know who. You don’t know why. You only know your son is now in custody. His future shattered.
That night you fall asleep in despair. All is lost. Until you wake . . .
. . . and it is yesterday.
And then you wake again . . .
. . . and it is the day before yesterday.
Every morning you wake up a day earlier, another day before the murder. With another chance to stop it. Somewhere in the past lies an answer. The trigger for this crime—and you don’t have a choice but to find it . . .
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 7 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||August 02 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #247 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#3 in Domestic Thrillers
#15 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
#69 in Suspense (Books)
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The premise? "You’re waiting up for your seventeen-year-old son. He’s late. As you watch from the window, he emerges, and you realize he isn’t alone: he’s walking toward a man, and he’s armed. You can’t believe it when you see him do it: your funny, happy teenage son, he kills a stranger, right there on the street outside your house. You don’t know who. You don’t know why. You only know your son is now in custody. His future shattered."
Uh huh, I was hooked immediately. But that's just the catalyst. McAllister's plotting and execution are very, very clever. I went in blind on the full description of the plot, and I think the book was all the better for me that I did so. Some may say that one of the plot devices has has been done before. Well, yes it has, in varying forms, but I think McAllister's take on this idea was unique. And she also gives the listener/reader lots of unexpected twists and turns. (Love this!)
The murder is a given, but finding out that 'why' is a deliciously winding, surprising path. Alongside this runs an exploration of maternal love, the inside of a marriage and the secrets we keep and the things we hide.
I chose to listen to Wrong Place, Wrong Time. The reader was Lesley Sharp and her voice absolutely suited the lead character of Jen. Her voice is low and throaty, the kind of tone that you lean in to hear. Her British accent is lovely and pleasant to listen to. The speed of the reading is just right. Her voice rises and falls with whatever situation or emotion is taking place. She enunciates clearly. Sharp interprets and presents McAllister's work very, very well. An excellent reading of a fantastic novel.
In order to save her son from a murder charge his Mum must go back in time to prevent it.
That's what the cover tells you.
I will tell you that this works perfectly and the suspense build with every page and chapter.
The lights stayed on and the pages kept turning.
Gillian McAllister is a born storyteller and Wrong Place Wrong Time is one of her best.
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Gillian McAllister is no stranger to the bestseller lists and I have no doubt that "Wrong Place, Wrong Time" is destined to be at least as successful as her previous offerings. Whereas her preceding novels have all essentially revolved around moral dilemmas, this latest book has a somewhat different slant to it and ventures into the realms of time loops.
When Jen's 18 year old son, Todd, inexplicably murders a random stranger, her world is turned upside down. But this is as nothing compared with the events that await her. On waking the next morning, Jen finds that she is actually reliving the day before! Each morning thereafter, she loops further and further back in time, searching for the answers that could save her son's future.
I have read some other early reviews that have described this as 'totally original' and 'unique', but - much as I really enjoyed and admired it - I would have to take some issue with those descriptions. Time-bending plots are nothing new in fiction. The ground has been covered many times in both literary forms and on-screen dramatisations. In the "Acknowledgements" section Gillian McAllister explains that she was influenced by having recently watched the television series "Russian Doll". And, for me, "Wrong Place, Wrong Time" evoked memories of other programmes and books at various points too: BBC's "Rellik" by the Williams brothers is one that sprang to mind as did "Life on Mars" / "Ashes to Ashes", "Quantum Leap" and Stuart Turton's 2018 novel, "The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle". I am sure there are countless others as well, but, ultimately, none of that really matters. Regardless of where the inspirations and influences may have come from, the important thing is that Gillian McAllister has drawn on them to create a captivating story in its own right.
While I would not describe this as a slow-burner as such, it is the kind of novel that engages you and draws you ever deeper into its realms. "Wrong Place, Wrong Time" is a novel that has a mystery drama at its core, but infused with aspects of science fiction, psychology, suspense thriller and emotional family drama. The characters are well-drawn and the plotting is every bit as meticulous as it needs to be to make the chosen structure work effectively. The result is a compelling read that should appeal to most readers of well-written fiction, regardless of their usual preferred genre.
We meet Jen, who witnesses something so unimaginable; she can’t even begin to comprehend it. Her son has killed someone, right in front of her. Now she has to face the chaotic fallout. But after the night her son becomes a killer, something unusual happens, Jen wakes up the next morning, only it’s the day before the incident has taken place. Has she imagined the whole scenario? But each morning following, when she wakes up, she begins to realise that she is living her life backwards, each day, she is travelling further and further backwards in time. But why is this happening? How can this be happening? Is there a higher purpose here? Does she have the opportunity now to prevent her son from carrying out such an awful crime?
Jen felt very real as I was reading this book. You can feel her anguish as she realises what her son has done. As she begins to realise that she is travelling backwards in time, you can see just how scared and frustrated she feels. Jen has no idea why this is happening. Like Jen, I wanted to know what was happening to her, and I wanted to see if there was any way she could prevent what was going to happen to her son in the future.
We also hear from the point of view of a person called Ryan. It isn’t quite clear how Ryan fits into the story, but Gillian McAllister reveals why he is there in such a clever way. I thought the chapters told from his point of view were very intriguing. I have to say there is a jaw dropping moment as the final truths come to light.
I’m certain Wrong Place Wrong Time will be in my top ten reads of the year. It is such a clever, original novel and I highly, highly recommend it.
It starts in the present day the 30th of October, the clocks are due to go back. Jen has just carved a pumpkin and is sat waiting for her son to return home. He has a curfew to be in by 1.00 am but obviously with the clocks going back it’s almost 2.00 am. As she watches from the window at the bottom of the stairs, she sees Todd, breathing a sigh of relief he is home. But then he turns someone is behind him, Jen feels something is wrong she calls her husband Kelly and rushes outside in Jen’s eyes she sees the stranger pull out a knife. The next thing someone is bleeding on the floor. It’s not Todd, Todd has the knife which he drops, Kelly is there with their son. Its not long before the police arrive. Todd arrested refusing a solicitor. Jen and Kelly go home with the plan of seeing Todd the following morning and having a solicitor. But when the next day arrives it is the day before, the crime hasn’t happened. Its like Groundhog day. Jen is the only one who has this feeling. Can she stop what she had seen the night before from happening?
As the story unfolds it gradually goes back in time as everything Jen knew of her life is changed. By the end of the book it’s before she was even married and everything she knew from the future is different, who is Kelly? But what can Jen change that would alter the future? Without affecting everything is that possible?
Wow, i have no idea how the author wrote this. Did she start with the end and work that way or with the beginning and work backwards. Whatever, or however everything falls into place so cleverly.Leaving no strands not tied in.
The characters are all believe able, relatable, every mother wants to protect their child (or the majority) and will do anything for them. This is an absolute genius of a plot.
I can’t wait to see what comes next from the author i think she has now become one of those writers i will just buy without even reading the
This is everything I love in a book:
- Tight, masterful plotting. The story is told in reverse, with layers peeled away like a Russian doll until protagonist Jen discovers why her son Todd murders someone with a knife one unassuming October evening.
- Spot-on pacing. Secrets are revealed at just the right time, so I couldn’t put the book down - I had to know what happened next (or actually the opposite of next!).
- Suspense, suspense, suspense. I felt like I was on the edge of my seat as Jen travelled further and further back in time.
- Characters you actually care about. This book just wouldn’t work if the author wasn’t so skilled at characterisation - you have to know why they are who they are, acting the way they do.
- Good twists, which just keep coming. I guessed only one - the rest were genuine ‘oh my God of course’ moments as more pieces of the puzzle slotted into place. It must have taken such planning to pull it all off; the twists are so carefully woven into the plot that the book deserves a second read to really appreciate them.
- A high-concept, genre bending thriller. Combining time travel and psychological suspense just works. What an original idea.
- Emotion. Jen’s relationships with those closest to her form the backbone of this story, and what she discovers when living them backwards is often heart rending.
- A satisfying ending. I’m so often disappointed by a book’s conclusion but this one keeps bringing it right until the very last page.
- Accomplished writing which is a pleasure to read.
This is the first Gillian McAllister book I’ve read and it’s clear that she’s a natural born storyteller with immense talent. She apparently knew that this book would change her life and I can see why. As an aspiring author myself it’s a book I wish I had the skill to write but doubt I ever would.
The one and only thing I didn’t like is the title - I don’t think it does the book justice. I can’t help thinking there is a better title hiding somewhere in the pages.
Regardless, Wrong Place Wrong Time is a triumph and it deserves all the stars.