2 Apr 2016

Review: How We Fall by Kate Brauning

How We Fall by Kate Brauning
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published November 3rd 2014 by Merit Press (first published March 14th 2014)
ISBN 9781440581793
Ever since Jackie moved to her uncle's sleepy farming town, she's been flirting way too much--and with her own cousin, Marcus.
Her friendship with him has turned into something she can't control, and he's the reason Jackie lost track of her best friend, Ellie, who left for...no one knows where. Now Ellie has been missing for months, and the police, fearing the worst, are searching for her body. Swamped with guilt and the knowledge that acting on her love for Marcus would tear their families apart, Jackie pushes her cousin away. The plan is to fall out of love, and, just as she hoped he would, Marcus falls for the new girl in town. But something isn't right about this stranger, and Jackie's suspicions about the new girl's secrets only drive the wedge deeper between Jackie and Marcus--and deepens Jackie's despair.
Then Marcus is forced to pay the price for someone else's lies as the mystery around Ellie's disappearance starts to become horribly clear. Jackie has to face terrible choices. Can she leave her first love behind, and can she go on living with the fact that she failed her best friend?

It is the story about two 17-year-old cousins – Jackie and Marcus - who live together on a farm. Jackie’s Dad is Marcus’ Dad’s brother. No one knows that they are in love because they know it could cause a drift between the two families. During the summer holidays, they attempt to break it off and both fall for other people. Jackie suspects though that Marcus’ girlfriend Sylvia has something to do with the disappearance of Jackie’s best friend Ellie. Jackie starts to guess that there is a relationship between Sylvia and the school’s sports coach and that Ellie may have known about it. Further into the story, it also becomes apparent that Jackie and Marcus cannot resist the feelings they have for each other. The story is very suspenseful and I could not put it down until the very last page.
Overall the themes that are covered in this book include suspense, romance, stalking and crime, friendship and mystery. The setting of the story is located in the US, a town called Manson near Kansas City and the pace is such that it is an addictive read where the reader is keen to find out what happens. The characters are well drawn and the conclusion satisfying.

Review by mother and daughter duo, Helene & Shona Tiernan.
Both are avid readers of fiction, enjoying a wide range of topics. Helene is a former journalist, a trained yoga teacher and also enjoys putting pen to paper herself. Her daughter Shona is a 13-year-old teenager who sings, plays the violin, drums and is passionate about tap dancing and her little brother. Both love diving into different worlds through the eyes of an author. Originally from Belgium, they currently live in Portugal with their family.

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