Thursday 18 October 2012

Review - The Fall by Claire McGowan

The FallThe Fall by Claire McGowan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Time Taken To Read - on and off for 10 days

Blurb From Goodreads

What would you do if the man you love was accused of murder?

Bad things never happen to Charlotte. She's living the life she's always wanted and about to marry wealthy banker, Dan. But Dan's been hiding a secret, and the pressure is pushing him over the edge. After he's arrested for the vicious killing of a nightclub owner, Charlotte's future is shattered.

Then she opens her door to Keisha, an angry and frustrated stranger with a story to tell. Convinced of Dan's innocence, Charlotte must fight for him - even if it means destroying her perfect life. But what Keisha knows threatens everyone she loves, and puts her own life in danger.

DC Matthew Hegarty is riding high on the success of Dan's arrest. But he's finding it difficult to ignore his growing doubts as well as the beautiful and vulnerable Charlotte. Can he really risk it all for what's right?

Three stories. One truth. They all need to brace themselves for the fall.

My Review

You live in a huge house, wear all designer clothes/jewelery, and you and your husband have high flying jobs - everything is perfect. Until one night everything changes, you have memory loss and your husband to be is arrested for murder. He remembers punching the guy and being angry but everything else is a blank and now Dan is arrested and awaiting trial and the story follows Charlotte, Keisha (a stranger who Charlotte needs in more ways than one) and DC Matthew Hegarty.

I liked some aspects of this book and others got under my skin. For example Charlotte's guy possibly being innocent and not knowing as they both have memory loss was good and hooked you in. Keisha was really irritating and hard to like, she is foul mouthed and stayed with a violent moron to the detriment of her child and relationship with the child (although this also shows a good sharp dose of realism as this happens often in real life). Charlotte is also irritating as she seems to display contradicting behaviors throughout the book. There is a lot of bad language throughout although this adds to the contrast between classy working upper class Charlotte and struggling lower class Keisha. I would have liked to have read more on Dans company and the issues behind what they did and also the issue Charlotte had with her boss earlier in her career but this wasn't covered in great detail.

There is a lot or moral issues going on in this story and I think some people may enjoy it on that level. I don't know if my lack of enjoyment stems from having to dip in and out of this over a 10 day period but I did like some aspects of it therefore I am giving it an on the fence 3/5.

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  1. Sounds like you have mixed feelings about this one. The premise sounds good overall.

  2. This sounds like quite a common plot line and I think the characters would put me off.


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