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How to Disappear

By: Gillian McAllister
Narrated by: Nicola Walker
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THE GRIPPING PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF NO FURTHER QUESTIONS AND THE EVIDENCE AGAINST YOU

You can run, you can hide, but can you disappear for good?

Lauren's daughter Zara witnessed a terrible crime. But speaking up comes with a price, and when Zara's identity is revealed online, it puts a target on her back.

The only choice is to disappear.

To keep Zara safe, Lauren will give up everything and everyone she loves, even her husband.

There will be no goodbyes. Their pasts will be rewritten. New names, new home, new lives.

The rules are strict for a reason. They are being hunted. One mistake - a text, an Instagram like - could bring their old lives crashing into the new.

They can never assume someone isn't watching, waiting.

As Lauren will learn, disappearing is easy. Staying hidden is harder . . . 

©2020 Gillian McAllister (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Bravo! How to Disappear is undoubtedly her best yet. Gripping and emotional - a cracking [listen]." (Clare Mackintosh)

"A relentless drumroll of suspense...ranks among the best psychological-suspense thrillers of recent years." (A. J. Finn)

"Tense and unpredictable...." (Claire Douglas)

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I hate you Gillian /s

you got me.. across 12 hours I was sucked in, shocked and bamboozled. Absolutely amazing book from my new favourite writer.

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Excellent narration. Excellent book.

Nicola Walker! What a treat. Brilliant plot. Could listen to Nicola forever. Very clever story-line.

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OMG!

OMG is not an expression I use normally but it is so appropriate for this great book. I could not put it down. Emotion, tension, thrills and love, because apart from being a thriller it is also a love story.
Just the best in every way as indicated by my 5 star rating across the board.
I smiled and I cried, I absolutely believed. It is a really brilliant read and you could do yourself a huge favour by buying and listening to it.

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Brilliantly done - keeps you on the edge of your seat!

A total masterpiece - keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole way through - if you love a thrilling drama like Jo Spain, Charity Norman or Michael Robotham then you’ll love this!

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Wonderful

I have just finished How to Disappear & enjoyed the story enormously. However it was the brilliant audio provided by the amazing Nicola Walker that raised this book to the next level. She made the characters truly come alive and enhanced this story in a perfect manner. Thank you.

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Excellent

Fantastic reader, Nicola Walker is a real favourite and why I chose this audio book.
I found the story was excellent with strong well developed characters and great story line.
Highly recommend

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  • 24-02-2023

Absolutely loved it!

I'm so pleased to have found this author, am thoroughly enjoying her books. Beautifully written, wonderful characters. Great story, well paced.

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Surprise!

Another great story from McAllister. I was a little shocked at the ending, then made peace with her decision and was even a little impressed with the bold nature of her choice. The epilogue then came as a total surprise. I was sucked in big time.

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holiday read

a great holiday read. fast paced. gets you in right from the start and keeps you keen right to the end.

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Thrilling and heartwarming (what a combination!)

I had to keep skipping back chapters as I was listening to hold on to new details. Mysteries aren’t usually as engaging without the gritty self sabotage of the main character and the lack of integrity and loyalties of the cast. This wonderful wholesome yet entirely fallible family went through a season where love wasn’t betrayed and still the thrills and tension steadily increased right to the end.

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  • 08-01-2024

Shocking

Gripping, absolutely loved it from beginning till end. The story is so powerful and the characters so lovely and relatable.

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  • 18-04-2023

A pleasant surprise, good character work

Coming off a streak of shallow reads in this genre, I found this book to be a nice surprise. The premise is inventive, and although it takes a little bit to get going, I really appreciated the depth the author gave to each of the main characters and their internal lives. There were a few bits that seemed so far-fetched here and there, but the author also did a decent job tying up loose threads and resolving doubtful scenarios. It was the complex psychology of each member of the family unit that really impressed me, something a lot of writers don’t bother with. Even as characters sometimes made unwise choices, I found myself a lot more empathetic because the author had laid the groundwork for seeing the characters as complex, not stupid.

The narration was decent, though as an American I can’t attest to the accuracy of the regional accents of the UK.

In short, this was one of the better books I’ve listened to this year in this genre, and based on the quality of the character development, will be looking at other titles by this author.

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  • 03-04-2023

What’s the “page-turner” for audio books?

This won’t be the book that changes your life, this won’t be the book that is taught at schools either, but it was just soooo enjoyable!.. hence 5 stars. A nice plot twist at the end - kind of predictable had I not been so emotionally involved (shed a few tears even - which doesn’t happen to me often (anymore)). The narrator also did a great job!

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  • Mette Johansen
  • 12-01-2023

A greatly written story that kept me in suspense

This is my second McAllister book and I love her writing!
The style is captive and gives strong feelings for all characters and the story was so strong it kept up the suspense right till the end.
I suspect the book is best read if you are a parent because the feelings are so relatable - it might not work if you don’t have children, but I cannot be certain. However as a parent this was also a great read to fall in love with my children again (as you can sometimes need a reminder when life just trundles on)

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  • Mark
  • 31-07-2020

You'll be hooked to the very last sentence.

Wow, I get through 150 audible books per year and this is amongst the best I've listened to for a long time. Gillian keeps you hooked right up to the last sentence. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • David M
  • 11-07-2020

Genuine Psychological Thriller

So well written! I actually felt myself in the position of Witness Protection. The agonising choices of who to take, who to leave behind, where to draw lines. Agreeing to rules that absolutely demand the old life being left behind and forgotten without any contact whatsoever - especially difficult with today's social media.

That much I expected from the book, but additionally it turned out to be a really good thriller as well. You could call it a Domestic Thriller, but NOT just with the woman as the lead character, in this book we get the perspective from ALL family members in turn.

This is not a police investigation, it's better than that. The family are the protagonists with twists and turns as threats emerge from the footballing gang who we already know are murderers. Very real threats that we as listeners can relate to. It's a book with multiple threads, but despite this, not hard to follow.

Very good surprise ending.

There are a few editing issues in this recording, some words repeated, some completely missing (e.g. at 3:24:13 we get 12 seconds of silence). These issues did not unduly affect enjoyment of the book.

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  • Ann D
  • 01-08-2020

Okay!

Looking at all the rave 5 star reviews, I must be missing something. I can see the story is good enough, but it’s not doing it for me. I reached chapter 21 and haven’t really found any of the characters very engaging. The quality of the writing is good, but I am not finding the story particularly interesting. The premise is fine, but, as far as I can tell at this stage, there isn’t anywhere unexpected to go with it. I will leave it and move on to another book.

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  • Lily
  • 08-09-2020

Why the rave reviews?

This has to be the not much happens book of the year.
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Absolutely brain numbingly boring.
I struggled on to get to a good bit but no nothing is forthcoming.
Just repeating over and over again about what happened.
Given up.

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  • Nicks
  • 20-07-2020

Why so drawn out?

Narration was so slow and drawn out I had to speed it up. Good storyline - but for me it was diluted by the very many descriptions of everything. At one point in the book, the person should have jumped into action, but instead there is a lengthy description about how she feels as a mother. That was quite annoying (for me anyway).

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  • 22-07-2020

I thought it was brilliant 👏

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel , apart from few minor points, I wouldn't change anything. The twists brought real tension to my body, I was literally on edge. I could feel the emotions experienced by the characters , the disappointment , anxiety resentment and the rest. One of the best books I've listened to in 2020.
Narrator Nicola also did an amazing job. I'll be looking out for more books narrated by her.

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  • dani
  • 15-07-2020

Outstanding

The best book by Gillian McAllister by far. The storyline kept me awake for three nights trying to finish the book to ease the suspense. A triumph.

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  • Ms. E. K. Hazlewood
  • 16-11-2022

Brace yourself for a nerve-wracking 12 hours

Though I couldn't honestly say that I enjoyed this book, enjoy is simply the wrong word, it was an intense, emotional rollercoaster of a ride that I am glad I listened to. Nicola Walker was of course fantastic. But I might not venture into another Gillian McAllister, at least for a little while, to give myself time to recover!

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  • Katharine Kirby
  • 21-11-2020

A cracking good story, stays the mind for ages

Written with an obviously high level of research, this is a heart-thumping, breathtaking, thrilling listen right to the last chapter. The narrator Nicola Walker has a warm, clear tone, which is so easy on the ear you can become instantly, happily, immersed, Her acting of male voices sound believable, not as pantomime, teenagers too are just right.

Awkward, bookish, fiercely moral, with a highly tuned social conscience, young Zara witnesses a terrible crime, an event that has huge implications for her family and the perpetrators. Her mother Lauren is a charming but flaky lady who falls in love wholeheartedly with everything in her life, her home, her dog, her bathtime routines, her stepdaughter Poppy and her husband Aiden who she utterly adores. All this is threatened in a ghastly but realistic way.

Fascinating throughout, I am still moved and impressed by this skillfully written, surprisingly wonderful book which had me shutting myself away to listen whenever I could. I was walking the dog off his feet for one more chapter and enjoying it more than so many other books that are just ok, not memorable and thought-provoking as 'How to Disappear'. I really do recommend this!

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  • Evans
  • 09-08-2020

Outstanding

One of the best books I’ve listened to, gripping with fantastic narration from Nicola Walker

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