‘The Fall’ was published by Aries Fiction on the 14th April 2022 in hardback. This book is also available in eBook format and audiobook. I am closing the blog tour with a review and would like to thank the publisher for sending me a proof copy of the book.
The sins of the past echo in the present in the new literary thriller from crime-critic favourite, Rachael Blok.
The bigger the sin, the further the fall…
With Easter approaching, the verger of St Albans Cathedral was supposed to be readying the church. Instead he discovers a man lying dead, fallen from the famous 150-foot-high tower. Did he jump, or was he pushed?
For DCI Maarten Jansen, it’s a simple case of suspected suicide. Until a stranger, Willow, who witnessed the jump, prompts a deeper investigation into a long-buried past, involving a psychiatric hospital, a pregnant woman, and fifty years of silence. As Willow’s own family history entwines with the case, Jansen starts to wonder how everything is connected.
The Fall is a haunting literary thriller about loss, trauma, silence, and how our past shapes who we are.
I really did enjoy ‘The Fall’ and thought it was a fantastic read. I loved the writing style. With its mostly short chapters I kept turning the pages eager to know what would happen next. It was a gripping and exciting read and I found it extremely difficult to put the book down.
I liked how the story started with Willow arriving at the cathedral only to witness someone falling from the roof. I knew then that I was going to enjoy the book.
As I got further and further into the story, I kept trying to work out what had actually happened. There were so many possibilities. I suspected at least a couple of the characters but even I couldn’t have guessed the outcome. It was a shocker I have to say.
Reading about the psychiatric hospital and how people were just left there in those days made me feel sad.
‘The Fall’ is an atmospheric, shocking, and tense read. It is definitely a must read. You won’t be disappointed.
‘The Fall’ can be purchased from Amazon UK.
About the Author
Rachael Blok writes a psychological crime series set in the cathedral city of St Albans. Here, DCI Maarten Jansen struggles against his plain-speaking Dutch upbringing when faced with the seemingly polite world of the picturesque city. The series does not need to read in order.