An unusual and very enjoyable novel, that could be described as perhaps paranormal fantasy, but is actually a whole lot more than that. Set in 1950s Switzerland and Germany the author has done an excellent job of giving a real feeling of the time and place. The characters are interesting and not stereotypical and even the villan had a vulnerability. I very much look forward to reading the scone book in the dries.
When a book starts with a naked woman on a roof wondering how she got there and more pressingly how on earth she’s going to get down, you might think that the plot of this book would have you in it’s grip. Instead I found that the plot, though smooth, was almost too flat and it was the force of the characters that kept me reading. From the not super likable heroine to the villain who’s image was drawn with such depth he gave me nightmares, the characters were easily the stars of the novel.
Would I recommend it? The story line could have used less substance abuse, and more substance. Although to be fair it was mostly substance abuse in the name of science. Creepy experiment on people science but science… well, with a little witch doctor voodoo thrown in for good measure. Fortunately the characters saved the book. This is Mathieu’s first novel and I look forward to seeing what she writes next.
This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review: ' Although possibly more fantasy than history, and maybe a bit too ‘adult detail’ for some readers (drugs etc) but for all that as an adventure into a psychological thriller other-worldly-type first novel of a series, this one is highly enjoyable if you like your history entangled within fantasy. ' Helen Hollick founder #DDRevs
I loved this book: an unusual science fiction/fantasy novel set in 1950s Switzerland, which integrated the fantastic parts of its narrative seamlessly into a suspense-filled plot about murder, deception and organic chemistry.
Stuck in the regressive society of her birth after an adolescence in comparatively freer Boston and her father's death, the protagonist Peppa means to lie low for a few weeks until she can claim her inheritance. Instead, the machinations of a sinister German doctor (with the deliciously apposite name of Unruh) force her onto the run, haunted by dreamlike memories of flying across the landscape like a bird of prey. Peppa finds help from a range of allies, including a character drawn from the real-life discoverer of LSD, Albert Hoffman. To clear her name and secure her future, however, she must put herself in danger, use all the scientific skills she learned working in the lab with her father, and confront dark truths about her family's past.
The Falcon Flies Alone was a completely absorbing read, from its startling opening scene to the very end. Peppa makes for an engaging yet realistically flawed protagonist: intelligent but not socially sophisticated, determined to the point of stubbornness, she bristles against the strictures put upon her by Swiss society but has her own blind spots as well. I'm looking forward to the next volume of her adventures.
An intriguing mix of action, fantasy, history and trauma. Written from a first person narrative the main character Peppa begins this story in chaos, an event happening that shakes her world and identity and sets her on a journey of discovery learning many truths along the way about herself and others. I enjoyed this book for its's originality, its action driven narrative and the interesting mix of science and the esoteric. The characters in this book are extraordinary and interact with each other in often explosive ways. The story and the characters are memorable and nothing in this book, the world that the author has created is what is seems. Take a flight from the ordinary and see where it takes you, the author seems to be saying, just hold on though as it may be an unsettling ride.