All Fall Down (Tom Bale)

30369783You tried to save a life. Now you’re fighting to save your own. It should have been an idyllic day for the Turner family – until a dying man, beaten beyond all recognition, arrives at their home, uttering the words, HELP ME. Rob and Wendy Turner and their children try to explain away the horrific scene as being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but in the days that follow their lives are threatened in ways they could never imagine. The family is unaware that they are being watched by someone with their own terrifying agenda, who will stop at nothing to fulfil their own twisted desires. But when hidden secrets come rushing to the surface, it’s clear not everything is as it seems in this happy family. Are the Turners a victim of circumstance – or does the key to their fate lie closer to home?

Like many of you, I devoured and enjoyed See How They Run, Tom Bale’s previous and extremely thrilling novel. I was quite excited to read his new book: All Fall Down and I have to say that it certainly didn’t disappoint.

The book tells the story of a family: the parents, Rob and Wendy, their twin sons Evan and Josh and their adopted daughter, Georgia. They’re celebrating a barbecue when a dying man walks towards their garden and begs Rob to help him. Although they immediately call the police, the man dies in the ambulance and Rob and his family are questioned by the cops. Did they know that man? Why would he come to their house? Rob and Wendy claim they have no idea, but we’ll soon discover that not everything is as it seems and that they might have a few secrets of their own.

I think that the book got better and better as I kept on reading. At first, I didn’t know what to think of it, as I didn’t know what the plot was exactly about. Where is this going? I asked myself around 20%.

But then, something big happened and All Fall Down got super interesting and gripping. By the time I reached 50%, I was sold: I couldn’t stop reading. This is a novel filled with action, a great and compelling thriller that I can easily see becoming a big blockbuster. Okay, it’s British, but it would make an excellent Hollywood film.

What I liked the most? Georgia’s character. She was fierce and amazing and I really rooted for her. What I didn’t like? There was a revelation in the second part which felt a bit forced and unnecessary and I think the story didn’t need that. Also, Rob was a bit annoying and I didn’t understand why he didn’t come forward with everything. Why do you keep lying? Ugh, I kind of hated him. On the other hand, Josh’s character was pretty interesting although he and his twin brother weren’t exactly the main characters and I would’ve liked if we had gotten to know them more.

If you want to spend a good time reading a thriller, I’d highly recommend All Fall Down. I’d say this is as good as its predecessor (maybe even better) and I can’t wait for Bale’s next one.

Bookouture, 2016
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I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

21 thoughts on “All Fall Down (Tom Bale)

  1. Book Club Mom says:

    This sounds great! I’m into suspense and thrillers lately and I’ve been seeing All Fall Down mentioned often on blogs and at my library job. I’m going to have to find out what the big thing is that happens!


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