by Rebecca Thornton
It’s my stop on the “The Fallout” blog tour! HarperCollins UK have provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and a big thank you goes to Anne Cater for the invite. If you’d like to learn more about this book, check out the other blogs on the tour, see what people have to say on Goodreads and head over to the author’s Twitter page.
Everyone has an opinion. Everyone has a secret.
I only took my eyes off him for a second.
One little mistake is all it takes . . .
When Sarah forgets to check on her best friend’s little boy, distraction turns to disaster. And she’s faced with a dilemma.
Tell the truth, lose a friend.
Tell a lie, keep her close.
In a split second, Sarah seals her fate. But accidents have aftershocks, and lies have consequences. And when it’s someone else’s child, the rumours are quick to multiply.
Everyone’s talking about what happened. And sooner or later, the truth will have to come spilling out…
Sarah and Liza are enjoying a coffee in the window of their local fitness club while Liza’s son Jack plays outside. Then an accident happens and everyone’s got their own opinions about how this disaster must have occurred. Imagine if something happened to the child of one of the mums on your school run, everyone would be talking about it, wouldn’t they?
This story mostly plays out in standard narrative flicking between Liza and Sarah, but in a similar way to “Big Little Lies“, there are also reflective chapters from witness interviews, mostly those who work at the club. Written as if they are being transcribed, these are mostly fun and quirky and I really enjoyed getting a snippet of an alternative view on the events.
Needless to say, this is a book full of drama and gossip. There’s school gate drama, WhatsApp group drama and bitchy mother drama and it’s all pretty entertaining to read, especially when Ella, a mother who seemingly vanished after having been in the NCT group many years ago, appears with her perfect life, children and nanny in tow.
“It’s just like Ella to waft in after everyone else. To check things at the club are tickety-boo. Ella isn’t a leader of the pack in that sense. More that she would always wait. Keep everyone on their toes. Wanting to see is it is actually good enough for her.”
Sarah and Liza’s friendship is shaken by the events at the club, with Sarah blaming herself, and this story follows them both through the next couple of weeks as secrets begin to be uncovered. This is a really interesting look at how everyone has something going on it their lives that you probably don’t know about, even those who you consider your best friends. It was interesting to read what the other mums made of Sarah, especially once Ella got involved.
Of course, I don’t live under a rock, so I do have a rough idea of school gate politics, but I think that this book would be even more suited to an audience of mothers with experience of these kinds of things (I don’t think I’d ever heard of NCT before reading this book!). It reminded me a little of Eithne Shortall’s “Three Little Truths“, which similarly includes some WhatsApp bitching behind each other’s backs. I found this quite relatable really and couldn’t help but smile at some of the conversations between the PTA mums, but I think that those would experience would probably get on with this read more than I could.
I’m not sure that I’m really the best audience for this book, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. I’d recommend “The Fallout” to mums at the school gate and those looking for a dramatic read in a similar style to “Big Little Lies“.
Overall rating: “The Fallout” follows the story of Liza and Sarah, two mums just trying to do their best for their children. It’s full of drama and is a bit of a roller-coaster read, putting a smile on your face one minute and bringing a tear to your eye the next. I enjoyed this myself but think it would be more suited to an audience of parents.
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