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‘Falling’ by Emma Kavanagh


Cover Image Of 'Falling' By Emma KavanaghCecilia: Thursday 15 March, 6.08 p.m.

A shrieking of wind, screeching of metal as the plane ripped itself apart, the wicked cold tearing at her throat.

Cecilia Williams gripped the seat, fingers burning with pain. She tried to close her mouth, but the sound prised it open, stealing her breath. A giant’s hand pinned her to the bulkhead, tumbling, tumbling, so that she couldn’t remember which was the floor and which was the ceiling.

She couldn’t see the people. Just black night air where there should have been a plane, space where there should have been seats. She squeezed her eyes shut. If she leaned this way, then it could almost be like she was sleeping…

… and that’s only half the story.

I’m certainly pleased that I haven’t made plans for that next plane journey, or even worse, don’t have my next plane ticket sat here staring at me!

As a qualified psychologist, author Emma Kavanagh, should certainly know just how to work on the emotions of the reader … Well, she has definitely cracked the fear factor in those opening few lines, so if the rest of the story is written in such a descriptive style, who knows what feelings I am in store for, from the rest of the book!

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  • What a terrifying beginning!! I do have a flight coming up later this month, so I just won’t think about this. (I actually got my private pilot license when I was younger and really don’t worry about flying that much. It truly is safer than driving in many ways)

    I just finished up a book of poetry last night and haven’t yet started anything new. So….nothing for me to share this time.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I just knew that somewhere along the line, there would be one commenter who had a flight coming up soon – Sorry! As you so rightly pointed out though, compared to the amount of people who are killed on the roads each year. flying still remains a relatively safe travel option.

      The only thing that would really scare me about an air accident incident, would be surviving that initial trauma, only to come down in the ocean. I don’t swim and am literally scared to death of water, so for me, I would rather go in that initial impact!!

      I hope that you find something good to read next and have a great weekend.

        • I hadn’t even thought about the ocean critters! The prospect of all that water is enough for me … give me dry land anyday, although I love sitting by the ocean’s edge, watching the waves roll in 🙂

    • Hi Sandra,

      This is definitely not the book to be taking as in-flight reading:)

      Emma is a qualified psychologist and this certainly shows, in the way she had me reacting to just those first few powerful opening lines.

      I haven’t started on this book yet, as I have a couple more in the review pile ahead of her, but I can’t wait to get to it!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments and I hope that you enjoy your weekend.

    • Hi Katherine,

      Intense, definitely describes these lines. I particularly got caught up in the line –

      “She tried to close her mouth, but the sound prised it open, stealing her breath.”

      – I found myself unconsciously holding my breath whilst I was reading and typing up the lines.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment, I appreciate it.

    • Hi Nyze,

      The first few lines of this book definitely find me needing me to know what fate befell Cecilia, let alone the rest of the passengers on the plane and of course, what actually caused this terrible accident in the first place …. or maybe it wasn’t an accident!!!!

      Thanks for stopping by this week, I always appreciate your comments and hope that you are having a great weekend.

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