Book Review : The Long Fall by Julia Crouch

August 20, 2014 Book review 2 ★★★★

This one was a page turner and a half!  Not for the twists, not for the shock value but for two fascinating characters whose stories command your attention.  So I’m warning you now, before you start it, clear the decks as all you will want to do is read and read and read.

Book Review : The Long Fall by Julia CrouchThe Long Fall by Julia Crouch
Published by Headline on 2014-06-19
Genres: Fiction, Psychological
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source: Bookbridgr
Goodreads
four-stars

How far would you go to protect your secrets? Greece, 1980 Emma takes part in a shattering, violent event. An event to which she is anything but an innocent bystander. She is only eighteen, but this marks her fall from innocence. It will haunt her for the rest of her life. London, now Kate has the perfect existence: a glossy image, a glamorous home, a perfect family. But there are cracks. All is not what it seems. And now the two worlds are about to collide. Somebody's out for revenge. Someone who has been waiting thirty years...

“There were two truly unforgettable days in the life of Giorgios Moraitis.”

My Thoughts on The Long Fall by Julia Crouch

As soon as I saw the 1980s Greece setting, I had to have it.  And while reading, I was thoroughly immersed in the seedier side of Athens, drowning in cheap booze and experiencing the fear and exhilaration of a young girl exploring the world for the first time.

The story is told in dual point of view.  You have Emma who is eighteen, on a whirlwind tour of Europe before she starts University.  Her story bubbles with naivety and youth.  Then there is Kate who is living in present day London with the picture perfect life.  Both characters draw you in but the one the held my attention the most was Emma even if half the time I wanted to shake some much needed sense in to her.

Emma’s story is told though journal entries and I loved this.  They perfectly captured a young girls voice.  They showed her cocky attitude before she set off and how her confidence crumbled as she realised she wasn’t ready for the big bad world.  She was so vulnerable and the tone of her journal just made me feel everything that she was feeling.  The 1980s setting was perfect also as it made her seem very isolated.  She couldn’t just text home or facetime friends.  It was just Emma on her own with no one to depend on.

The Greece setting was spot on and captured the chaotic atmosphere perfectly.  The London setting was calm and settled in comparison.  Until suddenly, it wasn’t.  You get a birds eye view of both Emma and Kate’s lives derailing fast and furiously.  And the plotline hooks you in and holds you firmly in place.  I was going nowhere till I got to the bottom of this mess.

I did find the twist was predictable and I didn’t mind in the slightest.  I was so caught up in both characters, the settings, the dramatic events unfolding in both storylines that the lack of curveballs didn’t reduce my pleasure at all.  In fact, it nearly enhanced it as I couldn’t wait for it all to play out and for the characters to catch up with events.

It’s also not the darkest thriller you will read but it has some intense chilling moments.  Other parts of the book feel like a gritty coming of age book.  Together they meshed together and made it a really enjoyable, exciting read for me.

 

Rating Report
Characters
four-half-stars
Setting
four-stars
Pace
four-stars
Did I feel it?
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

 

Who should read The Long Fall by Julia Crouch?

I’d highly recommend this to all those who like psychological thrillers that focus more on great characters and settings than on twisty twists.  I loved it and think that if you are a fan of Sophie Hannah, Linwood Barclay or Samantha Hayes then you would also enjoy this one.  If you have a loved one heading off for a gap year; maybe skip this one!  Or wait until they are safely home at least.

Thanks to Bookbridgr and Headline for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

four-stars

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