Today's review is for Falling, Julie Cohen's latest work. This book was originally titled The Day of Second Chances and I first got a limited edition signed proof in January. The publishers then announced that publication day was being pushed to July and the book would have a new image, so I decided to wait a bit to read it. The time has come now, the book is out and here's what I thought about it:
Author: Julie Cohen
Published: July 28th 2016 by Transworld
Blurb: Can you imagine keeping a secret so devastating, you couldn’t even tell the people you love?
Honor’s secret threatens to rob her of the independence she’s guarded ferociously for eighty years.
Jo’s secret could smash apart the ‘normal’ family life she’s fought so hard to build.
Lydia’s secret could bring her love - or the loss of everything that matters to her.
One summer’s day, grandmother, mother and daughter’s secrets will collide in a single dramatic moment.
Is it too late for second chances?
Review: Julie Cohen's books are always something special and Falling is no exception. It tells the story of three different women; a grandmother, a mother and a daughter who all lost someone very special almost ten years ago: a son, a husband, a father. Since then, life hasn't been easy and they've grown apart, keeping big secrets from each other. But things cannot go on like that any more.
I really enjoyed getting to know these three characters and finding out about their secrets. Each of them had their own story with its challenges and difficulties, their own life and their own preoccupations so it was really interesting to read about how their worlds collided and the three of them had to share the same roof. With two little kids creating mayhem thrown into the mix, cohabitation was definitely not easy (but very entertaining for the reader).
I really don't want to give anything away about the plot because it's better if you find out for yourself how compelling this story is. It will surprise you, it will make you hold your breath and it will steal your heart. Julie Cohen handles serious day to day topics in her own thought provoking way. Always with tact, but making you think and reflect on how unfair life can be.
If you haven't read anything by Julie Cohen yet, you're missing out. Her stories leave no one indifferent and her characters get in your head for a long time after finishing the book. If you are already a Julie Cohen fan, then pick this up immediately. Falling is probably her best book yet.
Rating: 5 stars
I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*