Wednesday, April 29, 2015

How to Fall by Jane Casey

Have you ever picked up a book just because you wanted to try something new from an author you've never heard of, or a story that no one ever recommended to you?  That is pretty much exactly what I did when I picked up How to Fall by Jane Casey.

Truthfully, I picked it up because I was going through a I want to read creepy stuff phase.  I saw this on a library new arrivals list last fall, so I added it to my reading list.  Finally given a chance to get to it, I must say I was thrilled that I pretty much accidentally came across this book.

Jess Tennant has lived in London her whole life, she has never met any of her relatives.  When her mom surprises her by telling her they were moving to a tiny English town Port Sentinel for the summer.  A town that happens to be the same small town her mother grew up, and their relatives currently lived, Jess was more than a little surprised.  Not to mention not exactly looking forward to.

The move isn't Jess's only surprise, she also finds out she has a cousin Freya who died not long ago. A cousin that Jess looks eerily similar to.  A cousin who lived in Port Sentinel before her mysterious death.  When Jess walks through the town and every where she goes others gawk and stare and look at her like they just saw a ghost.  She knows she apparently looks more like her cousin than even she imagined.

A bond toward the cousin she never knew forms quickly as she begins meeting town acquaintances of her deceased cousin.  The more she learns about her cousin's death, the more she can't help but get caught up in the mystery of why her cousin would step off a cliff.  Just as Jess becomes more curious and suspicious of how her cousin died.  Certain town members decide they don't like her asking questions and looking into her cousin Freya's death.
What Jess thought to be a boring summer trip, turns into an unexpected thrilling mystery that puts her own life in danger.

I really enjoyed this mystery, it is extremely well written.  I attribute that to the fact the author Jane Casey is from London.  Something about the English, they just know how to write!
Additionally, I liked the plot, and really loved the fact that I couldn't guess the ending, it was pretty twisted and I liked that.  If you're looking for a great read, that is a little different and yet gripping at the same time, this is one you will want to read.
Additionally I found it to be a fast read, one that I didn't want to put down until I knew the ending!
This book is in my opinion a stand alone.  However, I did fine out the author has decided to make this a mystery series, using Jess Tennant as the main character again.  I am looking forward to reading it as well.


10 comments :

  1. Oh this sounds like a great mystery. After living in England for 5 years, I love stories based there so I have written down the title/author and will look for at my library. If you have not read "The Girl on the Train" you should definitely consider it. It is a quick read, kind of Hitchcock like and the twists and turns are unexpected. I loved it and could not put it down.

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    1. Oh, then you will love this one!
      I will definitely add that one to my reading list, sounds fabulous!!!

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  2. How fun it must be too see all the new arrivals come in first hand. I would like to recommend a book to you called "echos" by Danielle Steel. It's not your typical "Steel" novel. It takes place in Europe During WWII. It is truly one of my faves and from what I have learned about you and your interest in history, I think you would enjoy it.

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    1. I have seen Echo's on the shelf, I will check it out next time I am at the library:)

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  3. Sounds like an interesting mystery. Haven't read a good one in a while. I need to find more time to read.

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    1. One of the favorite mysteries I have read in a long time!

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  4. Sounds like another good read! I love it when you can't guess the ending of a mystery before it ends. I always find myself going back and re-reading parts of the book when that happens just to see if I can pick up on clues the second time around!

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    1. Oh ya, to me that signals a great book! I hate when I can guess an ending with is usually the case, but this one was a good one!

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  5. Ooo, this sounds really interesting! :D I love great mysteries (especially when you can't guess what happens next!) Adding it to my never-ending to-be-read list! :]

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    1. Oh I have one of those never ending, to read list too:) Anytime I make any sort of dent in it, I add a more than I had on it before, LOL

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