Book tour stop! Today I’m delighted to be the host for The Fall, a thriller written by Evie Hunter.
First thing first, let me thank Rachel and the publisher, Boldwood Books, for providing me with an e-copy of this book. Much obliged *hat tip*
MEET THE BOOK
Victim or villain?
She’s out of prison…
Lauren Miller has served six years behind bars for a crime she did not commit. Now, with her life in tatters, she is determined to bring those who framed her to justice.
Out for revenge…
Journalist Nate Black is intrigued by Lauren’s story. Is she the innocent victim she claims to be or is there more to her past? Eager to learn more he offers to help Lauren clear her name and bring the real villains to justice.
And running out of time.
But with millions of pounds still missing, Lauren remains the prime suspect…and the main target in an increasingly deadly game. And as Lauren’s plan with Nate reaches its shocking climax, no one knows who will ultimately take the fall…
Publication date: 16/09/21
Purchase link: Amazon.com
READ MY REVIEW
Cover: Hm. I have to admit I’m not a fan.
Fall and redemption with a twist would be an appropriate subheading for The Fall. Lauren has been caught twice in games bigger than her. In the backstory, she had to serve some time in prison; now, she’s on probation and she has to put together a new life – until another curveball heads her way.
Lauren herself is a great MC. She’s presented as the rich kid who made a mistake and paid the price, but Hunter doesn’t fall into an easy trap by writing her as spoiled. No, Lauren is smart and capable, able to take care of herself and well-aware of what she wants. Kudos for character growth too, a feat I’m always happy to see and highlight in my reviews.
The other MC, Nate, reminds me of those old noir books; he’s a reporter, so he has a solid reason to get involved in Lauren’s life, but he’s got morals under that tough exterior.
Structure-wise, the book is split in two parts: one detailing Lauren’s life after getting out of prison, and one exacting revenge with the help of some friends. The first part is a little slower than the second one, but they’re both enjoyable – I do like seeing characters delivering retribution.
A good writing style adds to the book. Slow beginning aside, as I already pointed out, my interest got piqued around the inciting incident, and ain’t that textbook? Good job here.
Maybe the only thing—well, character—I don’t like is Jeff. He’s a decent villain, but I feel he’s too clear-cut; he would have benefited from some shades of gray, I guess. That and the POV switch prevent me from giving The Fall a five stars review. A solid four is well-deserved here, and I’m looking forward to see what Hunter’s gonna have in store for us in the future.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Evie Hunter has written a great many successful regency romances as Wendy Soliman and is now redirecting her talents to produce dark gritty thrillers for Boldwood. For the past twenty years she has lived the life of a nomad, roaming the world on interesting forms of transport, but has now settled back in the UK. Her first female revenge thriller The Fall will be published in September 2021.
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