Thursday, 28 July 2016

Book Review - Falling by Julie Cohen

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Title: Falling
Author: Julie Cohen
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Transworld
Publication Date: 28th July 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

Can you imagine keeping a secret so devastating, you couldn’t even tell the people you love?

Honor’s secret threatens to rob her of the independence she’s guarded ferociously for eighty years.

Jo’s secret could smash apart the ‘normal’ family life she’s fought so hard to build.

Lydia’s secret could bring her love - or the loss of everything that matters to her.

One summer’s day, grandmother, mother and daughter’s secrets will collide in a single dramatic moment.

Is it too late for second chances?

Three very different secrets, three generations of women in the same family. One day where it will all come out, and a cracking story even leading up to that point. The Falling is simply amazing, Julie Cohen has managed to weave three stories together, with very little overlap, in such a way that you are drawn in and want to keep reading. 

Honor, is in her eighties and after a fall, has to move in with Jo, her daughter in law. Honor is hiding a few secrets. Honor is a proud woman, and doesn't want to accept any help, despite knowing she possibly may need it. 

Jo, is a single mother with three children, the youngest two are under five and then there is Lydia who is sixteen. Jo has been incredibly unlucky in love, although that could be about to change. 

With Lydia we see her diary entries, as well as third person narrative, and I felt the most sympathy with Lydia. Lydia's secret is revealed early to the readers, in her diary, but she keeps it hidden from everyone, but thanks to the diary, you really get a great insight into her mind. 

As they all adjust to the new living arrangement, you can see their relationships change, and see the family dynamics adjust. 

The secrets although they are important, aren't going to shock you, as you are in on them all quite early on, but because the book is written in alternating perspectives between the three ladies, you need to be aware of who knows what. 

The single dramatic moment mentioned in the blurb, is towards the end of the book, and where you may think that could be clever wording to get you to buy the book, it really is a highly dramatic moment, my heart was pounding, as it was playing out.

I'm so glad I read The Falling at a weekend as I couldn't put it down. It was compelling story telling, and the slightly tougher subjects were clearly well researched, and dealt with in a sensitive manner. 

The Falling is easily one of my favourite books by Julie Cohen, as she continues deliver thought provoking stories. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Transworld for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

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