Wednesday, 5 November 2014

'Falling'* by Emma Kavanagh - Book Review

Oh yes, another book review! I've been really really lucky, recently, and I've been sent quite a lot of books to read. I always have a massive list of books that I want to read but there's something special about being asked to review a book because it gives you something you wouldn't, necessarily, have found otherwise.

'Falling' by Emma Kavanagh is one such book - As much as I'd easily have considered it if I'd seen it, as it's the sort of genre I do buy from, there's so so many books out there that I'm always aware that there are hundreds upon thousands that I'd love but have just never even heard of... In fact if I keep thinking about this for too long my head might hurt (Truth be told it already does but that's nothing to do with undiscovered books, sadly)


'Falling' fits in to the thriller novel category but it isn't your standard narrative; often a thriller is told from the point of view of the police/detective or from someone who's been affected by a crime etc. With 'Falling' you're given multiple points of view, as you spend time with a number of different characters - This is a style that I love, one in which you have a number of separate people, undergoing separate experiences but who, ultimately, are linked in some way or another. I think, for me, it's because you are going through two different journies; firstly you're following the story, and secondly you're untwisting the various points of view and are learning how they all link and how they fit in to the story. 

'Falling' is a story about two, separate, tragic events and the various people who have to deal with the fallout - There's a plane crash and a murder, two things which seem to be so very different, but as all of the characters stories play out you're given insight in to how people end up intrinsically connected, despite the odds.

The story is really well written; there was no jarring text which ejects you from the story, something that really bothers me in a story, it's something I always hope won't happen when I start reading a new author. Similarly, the characters were wonderful, they were really believable and Kavanagh didn't fall in to the trap of making them too extreme in either their niceness or their nastiness; you either liked or disliked them Just the right amount, just enough to make them feel real.



The story was gripping, it was compelling and you couldn't help but keep on reading, I read the story in one afternoon/evening and found myself totally immersed. The point of view of the different characters worked really well, too, you didn't find yourself forgetting which of the characters you were reading, as is sometimes the case with multiple pov, and the sections were a good length, never too much on one character and never so little that you're left feeling unfulfilled.

I think fulfilled is actually a good word for this book - There was a satisfying sense of completion about it once you reach the end. I'm so used to books where you just Need to know more and, where this is good sometimes, there are times in which you just want to feel like you've heard all you need to from this story and that's exactly what you get from 'Falling'. Obviously you love the characters and wouldn't mind knowing how more of their lives play out, but you don't end the story going 'Arrggg nooooooo!' because it wasn't, quite, finished enough.

I really enjoyed this novel and I think it's the sort of book that a lot of people would enjoy; it was easy to read, without being simple and it was intense without being Too much. I'd definitely like to read more from Emma Kavanagh in the future.

You can pick up 'Falling' by Emma Kavanagh from Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Falling-Emma-Kavanagh/dp/0099588528/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1415204942&sr=1-1

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*I was sent this book for the purpose of review - All opinions are honest and are my own

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