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‘Falling’ By Emma Kavanagh


Cover Image Of 'Falling' By Emma KavanaghTom: Monday 19 March, 9.45 a.m.

The grating of metal rings on a metal pole, thick velvet curtains billowing outwards. A large window. Libby lay beyond the glass, Snow White in a crystal coffin. Her eyes were closed, and Tom found himself wondering who had closed them, grateful that they had. She could be sleeping now; if you ignored the greyness of her pallor, the blood that crusted her scalp.

‘ I have to see her.’ Jim had been waiting for him when he arrived at the house that morning. Arms folded across his chest, ready for a battle.

Jim’s fingers rested on the glass, shoulders slumped like the bones had been stripped from him. Policeman posture slipping away on to the dark-carpeted floor. There was a noise coming from him, something low that Tom would be willing to bet he didn’t know he was making. A quiet keening. Tom remembered his father talking about Jim – the big J. “You should have seen this guy in the St Paul’s riots, facing down the fury.” Had said that they had stood shoulder to shoulder. But then the crowd had surged, Tom’s father slipping on a ground slick with gasoline and anger. Feeling hands tugging at him, boots digging into his soft flesh. “Then”, he had said to Tom, “these hands reaching in, picking me up.” That was Jim.

Jim was trembling now, a full-body quiver like a newborn left outside in the snow. The mortuary attendant watching him, an exercise in inconspicuous sympathy, hands folded at his waist, head bowed.

Teaser lines taken from page 133/134 of my paperback edition.

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    • Hi Cath,

      I did check back over all previous posts I had published which featured Emma Kavanagh and I couldn’t find you commenting on any of them, so it doesn’t look as though you have come across her here before – can’t help you, sorry! – Although I can quite relate to your dilemma LoL 🙂

      I have really approached Emma’s books the wrong way round, as ‘Falling’ was her debut novel and I have already read her second book ‘Hidden’ which was brilliant as well!

      I am now two further books behind Emma’s current tally of successes and I aim to try and catch up as quickly as possible, as her style of writing really feeds my reading bug for psychological thrillers.

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week, despite the awful weather 🙂

    • Hi Kelly,

      Definitely enjoying this one so far, although I have no idea what the outcomes are going to be yet.

      There are so many sub plots revolving around the four central characters in the story and I can’t see how they all tie together, if indeed they do!

      Great tension building and emotional stress by the author, is making this a real page turner 🙂

    • I think that the reference to Snow White was particularly poignant and the entire excerpt just goes to show how, when a member of the force is placed in the unenviable position of being on the wrong side of an investigation, just how differently they see things and their perspectives change.

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

    • Hi Lorraine,

      I too, like the thoughtful, descriptive writing of not only this particular passage, but indeed the whole book so far. Emma has the ability to take me right into the psyche of the various characters and to really empathise with them.

      If you get the chance to read either this book, or another of Emma’s books ‘Hidden’, which I have also read, then please do so, as I am sure you will enjoy them.

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading 🙂

    • Emma certainly knows how to build and sustain the tension in a story, as these teaser lines, together with the opening lines, illustrate so well.

      The characters are complex and complicated and only now, as I get to almost two thirds through the book, am I beginning to see a glimmer of light, as the individual story lines start to come together to form a single strand.

      I would definitely recommend ‘Falling’ for any fan of a good psychological thriller 🙂

  • The grating of metal rings on a metal pole, thick velvet curtains billowing outwards. A large window. Libby lay beyond the glass, Snow White in a crystal coffin …

    Such a great teaser. Somehow romantic and yet ominous all at the same time.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Despite the prevailing circumstances, I can see where you are coming from with the romantic notion, however that emotion is tempered considerably by the very last line of the teaser, which brings you back down to reality with a bump! …

      “The mortuary attendant watching him, an exercise in inconspicuous sympathy, hands folded at his waist, head bowed.”

      I am now on page 198 of the book and in my minds eye the strands of the story are beginning to come together, although whether or not I am on completely the wrong track remains to be seen!

      Thanks for stopping by, I can highly recommend this one, that’s if you have any space left on your ‘Want To Read’ shelf 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      I am loving it so far and at over the half way point, I feel that things are just starting to come together, with all those little sub-plots building into what is sure to be a highly charged, climatic ending. I have a couple of theories, but I am going to wait and see if I am right or not!

      Thanks for taking the time to visit. Have a good weekend if you are not too snowed in and Happy Reading 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I found the image of the ‘policeman posture’, ‘slipping away on to the dark-carpeted floor’, really moving and emotional. It was almost as though he was being emasculated – so sad.

      Now on the other hand, the description of the mortuary attendant, was so spot on that it made me smile!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Happy Reading 🙂

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