Falling takes three generations of women and intertwined their tales.
After a fall, Honor reluctantly contacts her daughter-in-law, Jo, to come and see her in hospital. Trouble is, Jo’s husband died several years ago so the relationship is somewhat begrudging given that Honor resents that Jo is still alive whilst her son is dead. At this point we don’t know why or how Stephen died.
Jo’s daughter Lydia doesn’t seem to have much of a relationship with her grandmother Honor. In fact, she is less than amused to give up her bedroom so that Honor can recuperate at Jo’s home.
I initially found Jo annoying, much preferring Honor and Lydia. As the tales unfolded I realised that Jo was probably (proverbially) holding her breath for her entire life, following the tragic death of her husband. Lydia the teenager was well drawn and yet most realistic and likeable of them all – despite her tantrums. A good book with insights into family life and how we all carry our perceptions of family history.
Since receiving a review copy this book has been renamed from its original title of ‘The Day of Second Chances’. I think Falling is a much better title — and much more suited to the book – it’s not just about one day, but a series of events!
A worthwhile read – MetLineReader rating 4* 🚸🚸🚸🚸
About this book
Can you imagine keeping a secret so devastating, you couldn’t even tell the people you love?
Honor’s secret threatens to rob her of the independence she’s guarded ferociously for eighty years.
Jo’s secret could smash apart the ‘normal’ family life she’s fought so hard to build.
Lydia’s could bring her love – or the loss of everything that matters to her.
Grandmother, mother and daughter – three women whose lives are falling apart. But one summer’s day, a single dramatic moment will force their secrets into the open.
Can they save each other from falling?
Readers of Jojo Moyes, Liane Moriarty and Lisa Jewell will love this surprising, moving story.
Falling by Julie Cohen is published on 28th July. I received an ARC from the publisher Black Swan in exchange for a fair and honest review.