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A well presented first novel,
This review is from: Falling (Hardcover)
Not just another routine flight. Cecelia the flight attendant is leaving her family behind. Freya's father does not survive the plane crash. Tom's family is crumbling and he has a new murder to solve. Jim is frantic for his ex-colleagues in the force to take him seriously and look for his missing daughter.
Just in case this was your expectation, FALLING is not a novel that details the gory aftermath of a plane crash; the crash itself is painted with minimal brushstrokes and the story has little to offer up about the mechanics of what might cause a huge aircraft to fall out of the sky. What this book is details is the meshing stories of those who lost someone or something of themselves with the crash.
FALLING skates between being a drama novel and a mystery; it succeeds mostly with the former premise as we are made aware how this small group of people come to be connected through one tragic incident. Their helplessness and the altered reactions of the people around them is interesting with there being no right way to react or behave. As with all mysteries, a lot has gone before, and the deaths are the end of an act and not necessarily the start of one.
Kavanagh’s debut novel is moody and a little disconnected; the characters are not wallowing in huge pits of despair but rather trying to fight their way out of the mess their lives have become. The most interesting character in the story is Tom the police officer; he also feels a little too briefly sketched but what we do see does intrigue.
A little taste is offered up as to what drives each character and you may wish there had been a little more to engage our interest in their fates. This economical style does not take away from the efforts of a graceful and well presented first novel.
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Initial post: 2 May 2014 11:20:54 BDT
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Madeleine C-W says:
Ordered it but found it not substantial enough so gave up a third of the way through. The blurb and various reviews enticed me but unfortunately I found it somewhat lacking
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