“You tried to save a life. Now you’re fighting to save your own.
It’s the perfect Sunday. Summer sunshine, a barbecue with the kids.
But a knock on the garden gate and two words, ‘HELP ME’, changes everything.
When loving parents Rob and Wendy Turner let a dying man into their home, and do their best to help him, they think pure chance led him to their house. But soon their lives are threatened in ways they could never have imagined … and then the first anonymous letter arrives, forcing them to question all they know.
Someone is watching.
Someone is waiting.
They will stop at nothing.
Rob and Wendy will do anything to keep their family safe, but their children Georgia, Josh and Evan are teenagers now, with their own hidden lives.
Everyone has secrets, but how can you save your family, if you don’t really know them?”
Hello and welcome to damppebbles. I am delighted to be reviewing the tense and twisty All Fall Down by Tom Bale today. All Fall Down was published by Bookouture in September 2016 and is available in paperback, ebook and audio formats. I received a free eARC of this book via NetGalley but that has in no way influenced my review.
I read and reviewed Tom Bale’s See How They Run shortly after starting my blog over three years ago and rather enjoyed it. All Fall Down had a lot to live up to and I am delighted to confirm that it didn’t disappoint at all. In fact, it surpassed my expectations with jaw-dropping scene after jaw-dropping scene as the story reached its climax. I love Bale’s books in that respect. His characters are so beautifully, brilliantly normal but they somehow end up in the most terrifying, heart-stopping scenarios.
Rob and Wendy Turner and two of their three teenage children are spending a sunny Summer afternoon in the garden enjoying a Barbecue. Pretty normal, right? Until someone starts banging on their fence, pleading to be let in. Their gut reaction is to help so they fling the gate open only for a badly beaten man to stagger into their garden. They try their best to save him with their basic first aid skills but he dies. What they believe was a chance encounter turns out to be anything but. What secrets are the family hiding? And could they be deadly…?
I thoroughly enjoyed All Fall Down. The plot is gripping and moves at a good pace to keep the reader turning the pages. The characters are superb and you feel as though you’re living the nightmare with the Turner family. The story took off in directions I never expected and for that, I loved this book. There were so many highlights. There were also a number of uncomfortable moments which made my skin crawl, all brilliantly written.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, I would. If you like to read about extraordinary things happening to normal people then you will love All Fall Down. The only quibble I had was that the end felt a little drawn out. I would have liked everything tied up a little quicker but that’s just me. All in all, a compelling page-turner of a family thriller which kept me spellbound from start to finish.
I chose to read and review an eARC of All Fall Down. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
All Fall Down by Tom Bale was published in the UK by Bookouture on 1st September 2016 and is available in paperback, audio and ebook formats (please note, some of the following links are affiliate links which mean I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | Book Depository | Goodreads |
Tom Bale worked in a variety of jobs (and also had a demanding spell as a househusband) before realising his lifelong ambition to be a full-time writer. He is the author of nine novels including the bestsellers SEE HOW THEY RUN and ALL FALL DOWN. His latest book, ONE DARK NIGHT, is available now. A keen cyclist and sea swimmer, he lives in Brighton.