Saturday, 15 September 2012

Books Read: Claire McGowan - The Fall

What would you do if the man you love was accused of murder?

Bad things never happen to Charlotte. She's living the life she's always wanted and about to marry wealthy banker, Dan. But Dan's been hiding a secret, and the pressure is pushing him over the edge. After he's arrested for the vicious killing of a nightclub owner, Charlotte's future is shattered.

Then she opens her door to Keisha, an angry and frustrated stranger with a story to tell. Convinced of Dan's innocence, Charlotte must fight for him - even if it means destroying her perfect life. But what Keisha knows threatens everyone she loves, and puts her own life in danger.

DC Matthew Hegarty is riding high on the success of Dan's arrest. But he's finding it difficult to ignore his growing doubts as well as the beautiful and vulnerable Charlotte. Can he really risk it all for what's right?

Three stories. One truth. They all need to brace themselves for the fall.

When Charlotte goes to a club with her fiance Dan shortly before their wedding, little does she know the events of that fateful night will change their lives forever...  The following morning DC Hegarty arrives at their flat to arrest Dan for murder, a crime that Dan has no recollection of committing.

Keisha suspects her boyfriend Chris of being involved in something dodgy but he soon turns violent on her when she questions him as to what he'd been up to.  She knows that she has to find the courage to leave him for her own safety especially if she wants to regain custody of their daughter Ruby who'd been placed in the care of Mercy, Keisha's mother.

Hegarty is convinced that he has arrested the right man as all initial evidence points to Dan who was seen having an argument with the club owner.  He's hoping to make a good impression with his bosses in his first big case but soon he begins to doubt the evidence when more information comes to light.

The Fall is a tale of how two women who would never have met under normal circumstances are thrown together through the events of that fateful night.  Told from the viewpoints of the three main characters, Charlotte, Keisha and Hegarty in short sections which is perfect if you've only got a few spare minutes spare to read as you haven't got long chapters to wade through .

This was an enjoyable debut book to read and I'm already looking forward to future books from Claire.  According to Amazon her next book, The Lost, is due out from next April which sounds like another great read so I've already added onto my wishlist.  I'd like to thank Claire for sending me a copy of this book to review. 

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