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- Print Length: 359 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (September 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 1, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01GK0CAR4
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
All Fall Down: A gripping psychological thriller with a twist that will take your breath away Kindle Edition
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Although I gave it 3 stars, I really would prefer to give it 2.5. The premise was interesting and the writing was pretty good. At times, I enjoyed the book, but there were also many times that I just wanted to quit reading it. I couldn't really figure out why until I finally finished it.
1. The characters all seemed very cold. Even Wendy, who I believe was supposed to be a warm, kind person, was written cold.
2. There were just too many things going on. Too many bad guys, too many possible bad things happening.
3. None of the characters were worth caring about.
4. Some things were written about, but didn't have much relevance, or things were vaguely mentioned but were just left hanging when they needed to be explained (like Wendy's one night stand).
5. I ended up being very bothered by the depravity of the Brood. And although none of their talk was ever really acted upon, just the suggestion was going too far (like Lara's suggestion for Evan and Josh).
All in all, I think this author has the potential to be great. And the writing certainly is better than anything I could do. I just think there is some fine-tuning that the author needs to do in his craft before he reaches that higher level.
SPOILER? I'll try to keep the identities of the participants a secret. There IS one event in this terrific book that raised questions for me. Perhaps it's a British vs American procedural difference, but when one of the vicious, insane murderers who was holding her family captive, attacks one of the family members who'd, against all odds, managed to escape, there was a terrifying, unseen by the others, knife-involved scuffle (the captor was trying to prevent the escaper's escape by stabbing her) that, when the escaper got hold of the knife, and, in SELF DEFENCE, killed the captor, one assumes this would be fine with the others (whom she was now about to save. But, apparently, the WAY the escaper killed the psycho who was trying to kill her (and her entire family) that results in a truly bizarre, to me anyway, family controversy. Apparently, once the escaped one got the upper hand, grabbing the knife, it's the WAY she stabbed and killed the person who was trying to stab and kill HER, that eventually, discovered by another family member, UNCOMFORTABLE. You see, the one who'd escaped, after being chained to a bed all night being threatened with repeated rape and a torturous death, was then halted in her escape by a knife-yeilding psychopath, she got hold of the knife and, completely TERRIFIED, thoroughly enraged, aware that she was her still-captured family's only hope -- while ALSO experiencing flashbacks to an earlier attack where she'd barely survived but her biological mother had been murdered -- she ended up killing the captor trying to kill her in a somewhat "over-the-top fashion. A barely conscious ball of terror, rage, fear for her family and suffering from PTSD, she just WENT AT her attacker, her only thought to survive, then save her family. She ended up stabbing her attacker quite a number of times, with no recognizance of the actual damage she was causing, but in a total PANIC that however many times she stabbed the killer, it HAD to be ENOUGH (something that, in the moment, it could be hard to come up with a reliable estimate. Anyway, after she kills the killer, she saves her family. One family member fins her, a bit later, standing sheepishly over the killer she'd killed, and it was CLEARLY enough (thank god). But, does the saved family member embrace her savior, thanking her for being so brave? No. She looks down at the multi-stabbed body, looks up at her savior, and says; "What have you DONE?" The family member, believing that their savior will be TRIED for good-looking their captor, HIDES THE BODY and tells the savior to SAY NOTHING ABOUT WHAT SHE DID. "If the body is found, we'll just say; "Maybe one of the other captors killed her." WHAT? It cannot be POSSIBLE that killing a psychopaths in SELF DEFENCE, even if you, TOTALLY UNDERSTANDABLY, got a bit carried away, could be a CRIME? I mean, a police officer, well-aversed of the situation, would hardly have expected the girl to kill her potential murderer in a more polite, clear-headed manner. "Hallo. Well, hmmm, it does appear that you stabbed this person with more frequency than might have been absolutely necessary to achieve your goal, so I'm going to have to give you a MEDAL for bravery then arrest you. COME ON! But, the family member who saw the body continues the cover-up, saying, when the police discover it, that it must have been another of the captor's victim's. Wow, I DO go on. But, really, the book is WONDERFUL. Surprising, scary, vivid characters, a KIND of justice ultimately delivered. Bale is a terrific writer, and I shall now read EVERYTHING he has ever published!
Tom Bale does not play such amateur games. He develops his premise, he gives you the complication, then he sets his hook and takes you on a Nantucket sleigh ride. The whale of a story doesn't let you for one moment take a breath, let alone allow your mind to wander. You're too busy hanging on. Bale is a master storyteller who gives his readers the adventure they crave with the authenticity of craftsmanship they deserve.
Just before All Fall Down I read Bale's See How They Run, which also was impressive. I didn't review it until I read another of Bale's books to see if he could make lightning in a bottle twice. He proved that, yes, he can. I will continue to read his books and recommend them without reservation to anyone who loves a good story by a talented writer—a writer who knows enough to let the story tell itself without the writer taking himself too seriously.
Thank you, Mr. Bale. I will be joining you on another perilous journey very soon. KL
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