7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: The Shock of the Fall (Paperback)
At first, I couldn't get on with this - too sad, too quirkily presented for me - but I returned to it in the light of the Costa book award win and persevered, ultimately finding it to be a touching and empathetic read.
Some of Matt's thoughts seemed a little too conveniently contrived - one could almost feel the author 'sitting on his narrator's shoulder' - and there are some indulgent moments of sentimentality. But there are also insights here into the mind of the mentally ill and the care environment in which they're forced to live. Congratulations to Nathan Filer on such a successful debut.