Book Review: Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister

Book Summary

“How can you stop a murder after it’s already happened?”

That’s the question Jen needs answered after she sees her 18 year old son, Todd, kill a stranger down the street from their house. How could this be? He’s a good kid – he would never hurt anybody. So why did he do this? After Jen and her husband return from where Todd is being held in custody, she falls asleep with these questions running through her mind on repeat. When she wakes in the morning, she realizes it’s the day before the murder. The following day is then the day before that. As Jen travels back in time, she realizes it’s her mission to learn why Todd did what he did…or is it?

Most Memorable Moment

“How sinister it is to relive your life backward. To see things you hadn’t at the time. To realize the horrible significance of events you had no idea were playing out around you.” -Page 184

My Thoughts

This book starts with a bang. Well, actually, a stab. Reading about a mom witnessing her son in the act of a random murder is one effective way to hook a reader in. Plus, the mama bear in me related strongly with Jen’s desire to protect her son at all costs.

Something I really enjoyed about this book was the time travel element. This book was unique in how it worked its way backwards, so readers go along Jen during her journey. Though the book started off strong, I did find myself losing interest after the first few chapters. Until about the halfway mark, Wrong Place, Wrong Time was a pretty slow burn but it’s definitely worth sticking with because you won’t want to miss how it all comes together in the end.


  • Book: Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister
  • Release date: August 2022
  • Genre: thriller, suspense, mystery
  • Stars: 4/5
  • Burn speed: slow to medium
  • Steam level: low
  • Suspense level: medium
  • Conclusion: worth the read

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