I love a story that ties me up in knots emotionally and Falling by Julie Cohen did exactly that.
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 2271 KB
Print Length: 402 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1784160636
Publisher: Transworld Digital (28 July 2016)
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 could bring her love – or the loss of everything that matters to her.
Grandmother, mother and daughter – three women whose lives are falling apart. But one summer’s day, a single dramatic moment will force their secrets into the open.
Can they save each other from falling?
Honor’s accident means (against her will) she has to stay with daughter-in-law Jo … with who she doesn’t have the best of relationships! Jo’s life as a single mum with toddlers Oscar and Ivy is manic and she’s always doing things for others. Teen daughter Lydia is on the cusp of leaving behind her childhood but there’s more to her angst and tantrums than hormones … I really enjoyed the format of Falling. Honor, Jo and Lydia narrating meant that I could get inside each character’s head and heart. Three very distinctive voices, three very different people at different times in their lives.
Apart from my emotional hook with each character, I loved the intrigue. Right from the beginning, we are told things that we have no reference for. For instance, we’re made aware that something happened to cause a huge ripple in their lives but not the detail. My notes are littered with questions – who is Adam? Who did Honor keep a secret? Why is Jo making that promise? What happened in that place?
I was quick to make judgements which were wrong (very clever storytelling) and one of the characters went from being the one I disliked the most to the one I loved the most. As well as being poignant moments there are scenes that brought warmth and others that made me smile. I loved the growing camaraderie between Lydia and Honor. What a special relationship! The most hard hitting scenes for me were with Lydia. It’s hard to share without giving spoilers. If you identify with the characters as much as I have, you will feel the exhaustion, vulnerability and fear. It will rip you open. Falling is such an apt title.
I’ve got to mention that Jo lives in Woodley – which is where Pete’s family live. I never thought I would see Woodley as a setting in a novel. And coincidentally, Richard takes the children to the beach at … Bournemouth 🙂
Falling is a powerhouse of emotions. I’ve enjoyed being a part of this family’s lives as their secrets unravel and deeper relationships follow. Although poignant it is also uplifting and full of hope moving forward.
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