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Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

For months, I walked by Wrong Place Wrong Time at the bookstore and scrolled past it on my eReader. It was one of those books that seemed to be following me, begging me to give it a chance. So, I did and now that I'm done I'm glad that I did because it was totally unique thriller read compared to the others I've read lately. (Kindle | Kobo | Paperback)


In the following article, I've answered many of the most frequently asked questions about the book, as well as offered four books like Wrong Place Wrong Time to read next. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister

What is the Book Wrong Place Wrong Time About?

The book Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister is the story of a mother who sees her 18-year-old son commit a murder outside their home and is then sent back in time to figure out why it happened. As she revisits the days, weeks, and even years, leading up to the murder her son committed, Jen finds out far more than she bargained for about her seemingly perfect family. This is one of those thriller books that just when you think you have the culprit and reasoning pinned down, everything changes. You'll be guessing right up until the very end.


Is Wrong Place Wrong Time Scary?

No, I wouldn't say that Wrong Place Wrong Time is scary or even creepy. It does get suspenseful at times but that's the extent of it.


How Long Does It Take to Read Wrong Place Wrong Time?

According to How Long to Read, it will take the average reader approximately 5 hours and 13 minutes to read Wrong Place Wrong Time.


Who is the Narrator in Wrong Place Wrong Time?

The primary narrator in Wrong Place Wrong Time is Jen, Todd's mother, but there is a secondary narrator for chapters throughout named Ryan, who is an undercover police officer.


Why Did Todd Kill Joseph Jones?

Simply put, Todd stabs and kills Joseph Jones to protect his father.


After being released from prison, Joseph Jones discovers Kelly was the undercover police officer, then known as Ryan Hiles, that had infiltrated his crime ring 20 years earlier alongside Nicola Williams, aka Angela. Once Joseph found out they were the cops that sent him to jail, he stabbed Nicola (aka Angela) and came to kill Kelly. However, Todd intercepted Joseph outside their house and stabbed him with the knife that he had bought for self-protection after his dad, Kelly, told him the truth about his past and the danger Joseph Jones posed to their family.


How Does the Book Wrong Place Wrong Time End?

A lot happens at the end of Wrong Place Wrong Time, so here's an overview of everything:

  • Jen finds out that Kelly is the undercover cop (our second narrator), formerly known as Ryan Hiles.

  • Jen concludes that Todd killed Joseph Jones to protect his father.

  • Jen concludes Nicola Williams, aka Angela, was stabbed by Joseph Jones

  • Jen discovers that her father worked with Joseph Jones. He was the lawyer for several timeshare properties which meant he knew when people would be out of town and fed that information to Joseph Jones so he could steal their cars when they were away. He did this because he needed the money.

  • Jen warns Kelly and the police about an imminent car theft. The police are able to stop it, which saves the missing baby, Eve Green.

  • Jen finds out that the missing baby would have become Clio if she had not intervened in the past and saved her.

  • Jen returns to Day Zero to find Eve Green was never kidnapped in a car theft and Kelly, now Ryan, is still a police officer


4 Books Like Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister

If you enjoyed Wrong Place Wrong Time and want to read a comparable thriller book next, then I'd suggest taking a look at these four in particular:


A Nearly Normal Family By M.T. Edvardsson

1. A Nearly Normal Family By M.T. Edvardsson

If you were invested in finding out what could have possibly led Todd to commit murder in Wrong Place Wrong Time, then you need to read the domestic psychological thriller, A Nearly Normal Family, about an 18-year-old girl who is accused of murdering a man nearly twice her age. According to the description of the book, it is "told in an unusual three-part structure: The father, a pastor, believes his daughter can only be innocent, despite mounting evidence. The mother, a defense attorney, believes no one is telling the truth. And the daughter, desperate for her dreams of the future, believes no one understands how far she is willing to go."


The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

2. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window features a main character who like Jen in Wrong Place Wrong Time, witnesses a murder from the window of her home. The book has been rated over 690,000 times on GoodReads and is currently sitting at 3.96 stars out of 5, which is quite good compared to other psychological thrillers I've come across. Here's the idea of the book: Anna Fox is a recluse who spends her days drinking and spying on her neighbors. As she's doing exactly that one day, she witnesses something she shouldn't, which leaves her with a million questions. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control?


In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

3. In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

While there isn't any sort of time travel in In My Dreams I Hold a Knife, the chapters do flip back and forth between the past and present, which gives it a similar feeling in my opinion. The idea of the book is that a group of friends returns to college for a reunion, however, once there, they are forced to confront their friend's murder that happened in senior year. They do this by sharing the dark secrets they've harbored since that time, in hopes of finding out the truth about what happened to their friend.


Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena

4. Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena

At the beginning of Wrong Place Wrong Time, I wondered if Todd would turn out to be a psychopath and if it would turn into a crazy domestic thriller about a twisted family. While that didn't turn out to be the case, Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena is that kind of book. Here's the description: "The Mertons are brutally murdered the night after an Easter Dinner with their three adult kids. Who, of course, are devastated. Or are they? They each stand to inherit millions. They were never a happy family, thanks to their capricious father and neglectful mother, but perhaps one of them is more disturbed than anyone knew. After all, if one of your siblings was a psychopath, you'd know."

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