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Published by Balzer + Bray on February 16th 2016
Genres: Mystery, Teen, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers, Young Adult
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WHO KILLED GRETCHEN MEYER?
Fear grips the residents of Hidden Falls the night Sonia Feldman and her best friend, Gretchen Meyer, are attacked in the woods. Sonia was lucky to escape with her life, but Gretchen’s body is discovered at the bottom of a waterfall. Beautiful, popular, and seemingly untouchable, Gretchen can’t be gone. Even as Sonia struggles with guilt and confusion over having survived, the whole town is looking to her for information…could she have seen something that will lead the police to the killer?
At the top of the list of suspects is Gretchen’s ex-boyfriend—and Sonia’s longtime enemy—Marcus Perez. So when Marcus comes to Sonia for help clearing his name, she agrees, hoping to find evidence the police need to prove he’s the killer. But as Gretchen’s many secrets emerge and the suspects add up, Sonia feels less sure of Marcus’s involvement, and more afraid for herself. Could Marcus, the artist, the screwup, the boy she might be falling for have attacked her? Killed her best friend? And if it wasn’t him in the woods that night…who could it have been?
Take The Fall was a surprising thriller. Surprising in that I did not guess the killer at all which I loved, and surprising in that even though I was kept guessing till the end, I did not love it. Now, I liked it just fine, but the emotional hook just wasn’t there for me. Sonia and Gretchen are the best of friends. Always together they have a bond tighter than sisters. Then they are attacked. One ends up shaken and bruised and the other ends up dead. Determined to uncover what happened, Sonia engages an unlikely ally and begins to uncover truths that will rock their small town and further put her life in danger.
Emily Hainsworth crafted a well thought out world. Full of proverbial dark alleys and illicit secrets, the setting was spot on. The pacing was generally good, a few spots dragged but quickly got pulled back into the action. The writing was strong and well thought out. The characters were where I had some issues. Implied back stories filled out most of them, but without the whole of them, the personalities did not shine through. That made it hard for me to feel emotionally attached to anyone. I want to feel with a person, grieve with them, laugh with them and feel afraid for them. And I didn’t, the hook just wasn’t there for me.
For the most part I enjoyed Take the Fall. I genuinely enjoyed being kept guessing until the end. Almost every chapter, I would change my guess who the killer was and never once did I guess correctly. So even without the emotional touch I enjoyed the ride to the end. A decent entry into the thriller genre, Take the Fall kept me on my toes but failed to grab my heart.
Favorite lines – “You’re just thinking about college plans and what there is to eat in the fridge, and the next instant you’re wondering if this is the moment you’re going to die. It’s so fast—you’re just crossing a bridge, and then you’re on the ground, and the sky gets mixed up with the earth and the trees and you can’t breathe.” I gasp. “Instinct makes you fight, adrenaline makes you scream, but there’s a second when everything goes dark and you think, This is it. And you just hope it’s over fast.”
Biggest cliché – She may be mean to everyone else, but she really cares about me.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge