How Far We Fall is an incredibly engrossing read. The characters are spot on; an all consuming, crazy bunch, all of whom work well within the storyline, each playing their part perfectly in the downfall.
‘The perfect couple
Meeting Albie gave Beth a fresh start – a chance to leave her past behind. Now she has her new husband; an ambitious, talented young neurosurgeon.
The perfect marriage
Their marriage gives Beth the safe haven she’s always wanted – with just one catch. Albie has no idea of the secrets she’s keeping. He doesn’t know that years ago, Beth had an affair with Ted, the boss helping Albie’s star ascend. Nor that the affair’s devastating ending will have consequences for their own future.
The perfect storm
So when Ted’s generous patronage begins to sour, Beth senses everything she’s built could crumble. And she sees an opportunity. To satisfy Albie’s ambitions, and her own obsessive desire for revenge…
She’ll keep her marriage and her secret safe.
But how far will the fall take them?’
I loved passionate and fiery Beth. Nothing and no-one will get in her way. A scorned woman desperate for her happily ever after, so when her ex-lover Ted slowly begins to derail things, she will do anything to ensure her husband Albie stays by her side.
There are some heartbreaking themes that run throughout; from suicide, mental illness, addiction and the loss of a baby, but Jane satisfies her reader with how she tackles these subjects. She never probes too hard, leaving an almost sense of relief that this is by no means a depressing read. This is about how one woman and her man will take charge of their lives, and will literally do whatever it takes to stop their worlds from tumbling down around them. This is a book that will have you putting down all of your chores and not giving two hoots about doing so.
Jane spins the perfect tale, revealing each character layer by layer, peeling away the storyline sentence by sentence and leaving you gasping for more. I loved how it all panned out and the use of two completely different locations; the hustle and bustle of London and the sleepy town of Jura, to tell the story.
As Ted and Albie’s backgrounds evolve around Neuroscience, the medical detail in the book is phenomenal but not overwhelming, and you can really see Jane’s knowledge shine through. I loved how the story centred around the brain; from trying to cure brain tumours in the young, to mental illness (with Beth going a bit off the rails and all that!) – it is a clever read that gives you goosebumps.
How Far We Fall felt unique with how it is set out. It is divided into four acts with a stage narrative setting the scene for each four sections. It submerges you into the worlds of each character and you really get a feel for whose side you want to be on and the consequences of each. This is an excellent piece of domestic noir and one you should consider adding to your bookshelf. A multi-layered plot filled with plenty of suspense and ‘pay-back’. I loved it.
Thank you to both Jenny Platt at Michael Joseph for inviting me onto the Blog Tour and sending me a finished copy, and Jane Shemilt for writing a riveting read that I couldn’t put down.
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