Monday, August 17, 2015

Returning to the scene of the crime: CATCH ME WHEN I FALL by Nicci French

Catch Me When I FallFrom the back of the book
A successful, happily married businesswoman, Holly Krauss is loved and admired by everyone she meets. But that's only one side of Holly: the other takes regular walks on the wild side. When the two sides of Holly's life collide, her world spirals out of control . . .

My review
Readers of this blog will know that I enjoy rereading my favorite and not so favorite books (see my recent post on rereading HERE). CATCH ME WHEN I FALL is one of those books that I really enjoyed the first part of yet failed to connect with the secondary story post the train wreck that is Holly Krauss and her spontaneous/care free/high risk life as the authors switch perspective to the relatively safe and, do I dare say, boring Meg, Holly's best friend and business partner. That was then - my first time reading, back in 2008. Fast forward 7 years and I viewed this book quite differently. 

Inspired to read a novel that showed the reader multiple perspectives, be it either points of view, different timelines, or different stories weaved together to form a broad single narrative after having read PLEASE DON'T LEAVE ME HERE, the new Aussie crime novel by Tania Chandler, CATCH ME WHEN I FALL fit the bill, though I didn't delve in without some apprehension. 

I recall really liking the first half of this novel only to be let down by the drab second stanza. Not the case this time around. The book reads as if you're swimming through thick water with eyes open - vision completely distorted and unreliable, much like the central character Holly, only to break the surface and see things more clearly - as in the second half of the novel where the more reliable Meg is written as the character lead, filling in gaps and semi sleuthing her way to the truth. 

CATCH ME WHEN I FALL is an enjoyable novel that gives the reader a little extra by way of showcasing multiple perspectives and casting a consent doubt over the seemingly straight forward criminal aspects to the novel. 

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