I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for The Fallout by Rebecca Thornton on my blog today. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.
The fallout will be huge . . .
When Liza’s little boy has an accident at the local health club, it’s all anyone can talk about.
Was nobody watching him?
Where was his mother?
Who’s to blame?
The rumours, the finger-pointing, the whispers – they’re everywhere. And Liza’s best friend, Sarah, desperately needs it to stop.
Because Sarah was there when it happened. It was all her fault. And if she’s caught out on the lie, everything will fall apart . . .
The Fallout is a compelling novel by Rebecca Thornton, a new author for me, and I will definitely be on the lookout for more books by her. I think I would describe her latest book as more of a slow-burner. We get to know a group of women who all chat with each other on a WhatsApp group, a group of young mums. The more we get to know them, the more Rebecca Thornton unpeels the layers, and we begin to see different people emerge. Rebecca then begins to explore how the very closest of friendships can turn toxic. Before the days of social media, people kept their true thoughts a lot closer to themselves. If someone did happen to say something about that, it wouldn’t affect such a large group of people who can instantly share with someone else what has been said. Once someone has posted something online, it is scary how much this can change people’s perception of the person and how it will never be forgotten.
I loved the idea of using a WhatsApp group as the basis for this story. I think the women in this book will feel familiar to everybody. There are more than likely countless WhatsApp groups up and down the country, and it’s probably fair to say that there are more than a few of them that have lead to friendship groups collapsing.
The book really begins to get going when the son of one member of the group, Liza, has an accident when he falls from a tree. There is a sudden rush of accusations pointed and a lot of anger within the local community. Many people effectively blame Liza for not looking after her son properly on the day it happened. Liza is distraught; she is trying to cope with a scary new reality while thinking of the prospect of a brighter future. At the same time, her friends are starting to show their true colours.
Although I didn’t find any of the characters particularly likeable, I did find their lives compelling. You can see things beginning to crumble around Liza in the wake of her son’s accident. I think I did feel sorry for her at some stages throughout the book, particularly when she became the victim online trolling and is vilified by people who don’t know her. You can see how much she does care for her son, and she only wants the best for him.
The writing is taut and I was drawn further and further into the story and into the lives of the characters. The Fallout is a well-written read that compels you to read on.
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication date: 5th December 2019 (kindle) 2nd April 2020 (paperback)
Print length: 432 pages
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