Emma takes part in a shattering, violent event. An event to which she is anything but an innocent bystander.
She is only eighteen, but this marks her fall from innocence.
It will haunt her for the rest of her life.
Kate has the perfect existence: a glossy image, a glamorous home, a perfect family.
But there are cracks.
All is not what it seems.
And now the two worlds are about to collide.
Somebody's out for revenge.
Someone who has been waiting thirty years...
Julia Crouch's latest novel The Long Fall is a gripping tale of a young girl Emma's first adventure backpacking alone through Europe that ends in tragedy which has a major impact on her future and how she chooses to live it. Fast forward thirty plus years and that same girl has now created a new life for herself as Kate but it would seem that not everyone is happy with how perfect her life seems, but appearances are deceptive, as someone is out for revenge...
I loved how the story alternated between the past and present to gives us a real insight into Emma/Kate's life and how it's been affected by several events that have happened. The young Emma was a naive young girl who was excited about her first adventure before heading off to university, whereas the older Kate is a shadow of her former self so is horrified when her teenage daughter Tilly announces that she wants to go off travelling alone.
This is very much a drama filled story that is full of emotion, guilt and ultimately revenge. Emma/Kate as the central character certainly had her flaws but as you see her experiences through her own eyes through her journal you can totally understand how/why her life has turned out that way. The secondary characters all played their parts too, and if you're like me you'll love some and hate some, I particularly loved Tilly and how she was a more together young woman than her mother was at that age.
There were a few twists along the way and even though I guessed who the protaganist was that was out for revenge it didn't spoil for me what was a gripping read that had me hooked from the very first page.
The Long Fall is the first book I've read by Julia but it certainly won't be the last as I've already purchased copies of her previous three books to add to my ever increasing reading list.
I received a copy of this book to review from the publisher via NetGalley.