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Today is my stop on the blog tour for How Far We Fall by Jane Shemilt. Thank you so much to Jenny for organising the tour.
Don't forget to check out the rest of the stops!
We've all got secrets. Just how far would you go to keep yours?
The moment Beth first sets eyes on Albie - a brilliant, talented neurosurgeon - she decides he is the man she will marry.
The man she will tie herself to.
The man she will do anything for . . .
But Albie doesn't know a few things about his new wife.
He doesn't know that Beth is dying to leave her old life behind, or why.
He doesn't know about the affair she had with his boss.
He doesn't even know that the woman he married would do anything to keep his career, their marriage and her secret safe.
Albie is a brilliant husband, but his wife Beth is a brilliant liar . . .
How Far We Fall was a brilliant read from start to finish. The structure is clever and effective and the characters are wonderfully flawed and complex creating a twisted, thrilling tale rife with revenge and betrayal.
It has a slower pace which allows for a gradual build up of tension and I felt that this was a perfect fit for this book and really made an impact.
Shemilt creates a really strong sense of place throughout, whether it be in the description of London or the island Jura. On the subject of descriptions though, just a small thing I thought I should mention, this book contains graphic descriptions of medical/surgical procedures and animal testing. While I was able to cope with the medical descriptions and felt that they added a lot of authenticity to the story, I did struggle a little with the animal testing, although I completely understand why it's included. So I think, just make sure you're prepared going in, but don't let that put you off because it's SO worth the read and not a book you want to miss out on!
Overall, I'm giving How Far We Fall 4 out of 5. It's clever, authentic and memorable. A brilliant read.
This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
While working as a GP, Jane Shemilt completed a postgraduate diploma in Creative Writing at Bristol University and went on to study for the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa, gaining both with distinction. Her first novel, Daughter, was selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club, shortlisted for the Edgar Award and the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize, and went on to become the bestselling debut novel of 2014.
She and her husband, a professor of neurosurgery, have five children and live in Bristol.
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