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Take the Fall Hardcover – February 16, 2016
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“An intriguing murder mystery, one whose final twists and revelations hit their marks.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A thrilling and twisted mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end.” (Suzanne Young, New York Times bestselling author of The Program series)
“Take the Fall is a deliciously dark tale of scandal and deception. I can’t wait to see what Emily Hainsworth comes up with next!” (Kimberly Derting, author of the Body Finder series)
“Fans of whodunit mysteries will enjoy [this]” (Booklist)
“Keep[s] you guessing until the end” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
Praise for THROUGH TO YOU: “Hainsworth’s debut novel is fresh, exciting, and haunting … The well-developed characters help readers make an immediate emotional connection that results in a personal investment in the outcome of the story …. a must-have for any classroom or library shelf.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review))
Praise for THROUGH TO YOU: “Smart, singular, and utterly compelling—I loved it!” (Brenna Yovanoff, New York Times bestselling author of THE REPLACEMENT)
Praise for THROUGH TO YOU: “THROUGH TO YOU is a page-turning read. I lost hours of sleep because I just had to finish it!” (Christopher Pike, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the THIRST series and REMEMBER ME)
Praise for THROUGH TO YOU: “Intriguing.” (Booklist)
About the Author
Emily Hainsworth was raised in upstate New York and currently resides in Denver with her family.
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Two girls were attacked in the woods after a party. Sonia survived, her best friend Gretchen did not. Smart. Popular. Beautiful. Who would kill a girl like Gretchen. But, underneath the perfect façade, Gretchen was so much more than she seemed. Something didn't just happen to Gretchen, Gretchen happened to people. So many people. So many suspects. Sonia is determined to figure out whodunit, with the help of Gretchen's ex, who may or may not be the the murderer.
What a ride. TAKE THE FALL had me guessing right until the culprit was named. This person was on my radar, but so was almost every teen in Emily Hainsworth's riveting story. Sonia, headed to Penn on a full ride in the fall, was a likable narrator, but for all her brains, she often lacked in the common sense department. She made some questionable decisions, the biggest was failing to cooperate fully with the sheriff. My best friend turns up murdered and I could have also been killed, I'm an open book, spilling secrets right and left, pointing fingers at potential suspects. But then again, I'd probably be a boring fictional character.
Hainsworth created unique, multidimensional, interesting characters. I loved the voice she gave Sonia and the familial and friendship relationships. I'm definitely going to check out Hainsworth's other works. The ending was a bit anticlimactic and not fully fleshed out. Although we do learn exactly what happened that fateful night, we aren't privy to the fallout from the discovery. I can't say much more, but the fallout of the circumstances, in my opinion, are important to this story, do that prevented me from grading the story higher.
THEMES: murder, mystery, family, friendship, romance
TAKE THE FALL is a thoroughly enjoyable, wild ride that slightly falters at the end.
I don’t usually read many murder/thriller books, but when I noticed TAKE THE FALL, I was immediately interested. TAKE THE FALL tells the story of Sonia, who barely escapes with her life after she’s attacked in the woods and her best friend, Gretchen, is killed. The novel follows Sonia’s investigation into finding the culprit as well as dealing with the sudden loss of her best friend.
I really liked this book. It was intriguing and had me hooked from the first few chapters. There’s a lot of information and clues that swirl around as I continued reading and I especially enjoyed trying to figure out the whodunit. So many layers of the characters—there’s a lot!—are revealed throughout the chapters, and it was incredibly interesting to learn more about each character and how they all played a part in Gretchen’s death.
But I’m not going to lie: by the end of the novel, I was truly conflicted as to how I felt about the real culprit (I won’t spoil it for you; you have to find out yourself!), but I was really content about it. Hainsworth does a fantastic job in putting together such a meticulously detailed novel; I especially appreciate the time and effort that’s quite clear throughout every page.
The only thing I would have liked is more of an ending. I felt as if the story stopped suddenly and I had no idea what was going to happen next. I would definitely have loved to see what would happen to the relationship between Marcus and Sonia as well as Sonia and others.
Overall, TAKE THE FALL is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing books I’ve read this year. The novel is written with such careful detail that you can’t help but to be sucked in by the very first page. Check this one out for sure!
The beginning of this novel was fantastic. The scene in the woods had my heart pounding, and the main character’s fear had me jumping out of my own skin. I read the first 25% in the dark, and when Weasley tapped me with his paw, I swear to you I have never jumped so hard in my life. Take the Fall definitely nailed it on the creepy factor. And I loved how it all pieced together in the end – with these random people making random decisions that seemed inconsequential but in the end made all the different. However, this is honestly all the praise I can pull off for this book.
First of all, I want to talk about the trope of the Mean Girl Best Friend. I’m honestly so tired of it. Sonia was best friends with Gretchen before Gretchen was murdered, and I honestly couldn’t figure out why. I mean yes, Gretchen was an jerk who liked to use blackmail on people, but how did Sonia end up so deep into Gretchen’s clutches in the first place? No one wants to hang around with a person as horrible as Gretchen. That’s all there is to it. And that would be fine if it was in one or two books, but seriously, there is an overabundance of this kind of terrible friend. Meanwhile I can count on one hand how many decent friendships there are in this age category.
Now, I’m also getting tired of this twist. Now, about halfway through the book, I figured this out, but only because I was piecing together clues – clues that were not actually in the text, but clues from my experience reading thrillers. There are certain things to look for that will lead you to this conclusion. And this conclusion? It’s tired. It’s been done before. It’s not unique or special. And what makes it worse in Take the Fall was that it came out of nowhere. Since I figured this was how the book was going to end, I was paying special attention to details that would solidify my theory. And there were next to none. Nothing makes me angrier when reading a mystery than “twists” that are nothing more than plotbergs. You can’t throw an ending at your readers without at least trying to have it make sense.
Anyway, the only people I think I could recommend this to are people who do not read YA thrillers very often. If you’re a fan of the genre, just stay away. There’s nothing particularly special about Take the Fall at all and in the end, I was just annoyed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Plot: Take the Fall opens with Sonia running into her family's diner at a questionable hour.Read more
Take The Fall was a surprising thriller. Surprising in that I did not guess the killer at all which I loved, and surprising in...Read more
I really liked Sonia.Read more
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