Review of How to Fall

September 7, 2014 Book Reviews, Review Archive 0

Review of How to Fall

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

How to Fall by Jane Casey
Genres: Crime, Mystery, YA
Published by St. Martin's Griffin Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Sixteen-year-old Jess Tennant has never met any of her relatives, until her mom suddenly drags her out of London to spend the summer in the tiny English town where her family’s from. Her mom’s decision is surprising, but even more surprising is the town’s reaction to Jess. Everywhere she goes, people look at her like they’ve seen a ghost. In a way, they have—she looks just like her cousin Freya, who died shortly before Jess came to town.

Jess immediately feels a strange connection to Freya, whom she never got to meet alive. But the more Jess learns about the secrets Freya was keeping while she was alive, the more suspicious Freya’s death starts to look. One thing is for sure: this will be anything but the safe, boring summer in the country Jess was expecting.

Beloved author Jane Casey breaks new ground with How to Fall, a thrilling and insightfully written mystery.

Also by this author: The Burning

First thoughts:

I was really interested in reading How to Fall to see how the YA book differed from the other book I read from this author, The Burning. Honestly I was pleasantly surprised. Some times authors do really good in right adult and YA novels and some don’t so I am really glad that Jane Casey has done well with both. Can’t wait to read more from this author.

What’s it about?

Jess is not real happy with her mothers decision to move them back to her mothers childhood home. Jess goes from London to a small town where everyone seems to know everyone. Jess has never met her cousins but she does know that one of them had died about a year ago. When Jess takes a walk into town she notices everyone staring at her like they had seen a ghost, this is when she learns how much she looks like her cousin Freya who died.

Nobody seems to want to tell her exactly how Freya died, they just say that she fell. Was it suicide? An accident? Or was she murdered? The more Jess learns about Freya the more she wants to know the truth about what happened to her cousin. Especially when everyone keeps telling her it’s better if she just quit asking questions.

What did I like?

I really liked the mystery surrounding Freya’s death. The more you read the more your not real sure exactly what happened even though you have your suspicions. I loved Jess and how independent and spunky she was and also how flawed she was too. She wouldn’t back down from a fight even when she wasn’t winning and it was probably that stubbornness that kept her going so that she could find out what happened.

I liked Will even though at times I wasn’t sure about him or what he might have done. He didn’t want to talk about Freya but then nobody did. I also liked that this book wasn’t heavy on romance. I am sure there might be more romance to come as this is a series, but I am all for gradual love than instaluv any day.

What I didn’t like?

Honestly besides the nasty characters like Ryan and Natasha I don’t think there was anything off the top of my head that I can say I didn’t like.

Who might like this?

How to Fall was good YA mystery with a great MC and I think anyone who enjoys a good mystery novel might enjoy this book. I for one can’t wait to see what sort of trouble Jess gets herself into next.

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