I couldn’t be happier to kick off the tour for Rachael’s novel The Fall today with fellow blogger @HanLovesToRead!
The Fall by Rachael Blok
Published by Head of Zeus on April 14th 2022
➡️ Did I like the book?
The Fall by Rachael Blok flew before my eyes like a movie. Not in the “exceptional twists and explosions” sense of the term. In the “those images are now etched in my memory” way. I could visualize each character clearly. I even felt I was inside the pages myself. Right there, in the shadow of the cathedral. So yes, I really liked this book.
➡️ Did I enjoy reading it?
The Fall has been described as Rachael’s “new literary thriller” Now if you know me, you know I don’t do well with anything “literary” Partly due to the trauma that was English lit at uni, partly because literary fiction too often makes me feel dumb as if I don’t hold the keys to understand their world. But don’t be scared, for here you won’t find inexplicable metaphors, long-winded sentences that make so sense, or the weirdest words no living being uses. The literary touch comes from the beautiful intensity of the author’s writing. There’s a chill between those pages that simply stop time and keep you reading, as if falling willingly into the darkness. You think you know what you’re in for, but you don’t.
➡️ What did I feel?
Horrified? Imagine getting to St Albans for two happy reasons and witnessing a man fall from the roof of a cathedral, in the middle of the night, after a long day. Hello, ominous start! Willow is not welcomed to St Albans the way she expected, and she is definitely rattled. Is it the fall? Not just that. The entire atmosphere of the novel gave me shivers. The tour de force of the author is to bring beauty into the darkness. Emotions are palpable, people are shaken, and the entire place is falling into pieces, to unearth past crimes, mistakes, pains.
Willow is a character I took pleasure in following, which I think is always a bad sign as my favorite characters often go through the worst ordeals! As if witnessing one death was not enough, she is then faced with events that don’t seem related but feel somehow tied together, as if invisible strings were being pulled in the shadows. The author did an amazing job at blending the past and the present while giving her characters enough space to live and play their parts.
Oh and the haunting presence of St Albans’ Cathedral adds a dramatic tone to the brilliant plot, as the old cold lady witnesses the worst and the best in people.
Did I crack the case? Nope! I loved being led on by red herrings, not finding my way out of the maze created by Rachael, and spending a few hours suspecting everyone.
➡️ How would I describe it?
Atmospheric, high-quality crime fiction, deeply emotional.
➡️ Anything else to add?
I like visiting churches and cathedrals but now I’ll have this story in mind when I do!
You can pre-order your copy here, and from the 14th, you’ll get direct access to the book! Amazon
Many thanks to Sophie Ransom for inviting me to be part of the book tour!