#BookReview: The Fall by Louise Jensen @HQstories #TheFall #BookTwitter #damppebbles

She promised not to tell. They made sure she couldn’t…

At her surprise 40th birthday party, Kate Granger feels like the luckiest woman in the world but just hours later her fifteen-year-old daughter, Caily, is found unconscious underneath a bridge when she should have been at school.

Now, Caily lies comatose in her hospital bed, and the police don’t believe it was an accident. As the investigation progresses, it soon becomes clear that not everyone in the family was where they claimed to be at the time of her fall.

Caily should be safe in hospital but not everyone wants her to wake up. Someone is desperate to protect the truth and it isn’t just Caily’s life that is in danger.

Because some secrets are worth killing for…”

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. Today I am delighted to share my review of The Fall by Louise Jensen. The Fall was published by HQ on Thursday 27th April 2023 and is available in paperback, audio and digital formats. I chose to read a free eARC of The Fall but that has in no way influenced my review.

Louise Jensen is one of my favourite authors and has been for many years now. Pretty much since Louise’s debut, The Sister, was published in 2016. I always look forward to a new psychological thriller from the author as I can guarantee 100% that it will be dramatic, thrilling and full to the brim with twists and turns. Jensen has never let me down and I don’t think, with the quality of her writing, that she ever could. So it should come as no surprise that I was was very much looking forward to reading The Fall. And what a thrilling, unexpected ride it took me on!

Identical twins, Kate and Beth, are having the time of their lives at their surprise 40th birthday party. They’re surrounded by the people they love the most, living life to the full and not thinking about the hangovers they’ll suffer the following day. But a hangover is the least of Kate’s problems when her fifteen year old daughter, Caily, is found unconscious underneath a bridge. The accident makes no sense to Kate. Caily should have been at school, getting ready to go on stage in the school’s production of La La Land. But the police see things differently. They don’t believe it’s an accident. They think Caily was pushed. As they start to dig deeper into what happened in the lead up to the accident, it becomes clear that not all family members were where they claimed to be. Not everyone is telling the truth because in this close-knit family, there are devastating secrets. Secrets someone will do anything to protect…

The Fall is an expertly written family-based psychological thriller with shedloads of intrigue and perfectly pitched suspense. Life is pretty sweet for the Granger family, or so it seems before their lives are turned upside by Caily’s fall. They’re a tight-knit bunch with twin sisters, Kate and Beth, who both fell pregnant around the same time with daughters, Caily and Tegan. Now the girls are fifteen and have a close relationship similar to their twin mothers. But all is not as picture perfect as it first seems within this family. Cracks are beginning to show, catastrophic decisions have been made and livelihoods, and lives, have been put at risk.

Jensen has created an intriguing family dynamic for her characters. They’re a multi-layered bunch with their own ideas and idiosyncrasies. I particularly warmed to Kate. I really felt for her as her relationship with her nearest and dearest began to fall apart. It was interesting to see bonds formed over many years change so drastically, so quickly.

Would I recommend this book? I would, yes. The Fall is a twisty, turny family-based thriller which I found full of intrigue and suspense. You really cannot go wrong with a book by Louise Jensen who continues to be one of my favourite, ‘must read’ writers. Jensen is a skilled storyteller who really understands how family dynamics, and people in general, work and is able to relay that to her reader in a compelling, relatable way. The entire book was hard to put down but the conclusion of The Fall was utterly hypnotic, edge-of-your-seat storytelling that I’m still reliving several days later. Shocking in the best way possible! All in all, I loved The Fall and I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for us next. Highly recommended.

I chose to read and review a free eARC of The Fall. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.

The Fall by Louise Jensen was published in the UK by HQ on 27th April 2023 and is available in paperback, audio and digital formats (please note, the following links are affiliate links which means I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.ukWaterstonesFoylesbookshop.orgGoodreadsdamppebbles bookshop.org shopdamppebbles amazon.co.uk shopdamppebbles amazon.com shop |

Louise Jensen has sold over a million English language copies of her International No. 1 psychological thrillers ‘The Sister’, ‘The Gift’, ‘The Surrogate’, ‘The Date’, ‘The Family’, ‘The Stolen Sisters’ and ‘All For You’. Her novels have also been translated into twenty-five languages, as well as featuring on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller’s List. Her next thriller publishes in Spring 2023.

Louise has been nominated for multiple awards including Goodreads Debut Author Of The Year, The Guardians ‘Not The Booker Prize’, best polish thriller of 2018 and she has also been listed for two CWA Dagger awards. All of Louise’s thrillers are currently under option for TV & film. She has also written short stories for various publications including ‘My Weekly’, ‘Hello’, ‘Best’ and ‘The Sun’, as well as having stories featured in multiple anthologies.

Louise also has a penchant for exploring the intricacies of relationships through writing heart-breaking and uplifting stories under the pen name Amelia Henley. ‘The Life We Almost Had’ and ‘The Art of Loving You’ were international best sellers. ‘From Now On’ publishes autumn 2022.

Louise lives with her husband, children, madcap dog and a rather naughty cat in Northamptonshire. She loves to hear from readers and writers.

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