I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Fall. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to join the tour today.
Twins Aaron and Clive have been estranged for forty years. Aaron still lives in the empty, crumbling tower block on the riverside in Deptford where they grew up. Clive is a successful property developer, determined to turn the tower into luxury flats.
But Aaron is blocking the plan and their petty squabble becomes something much greater when two ghosts from the past – twins Annette and Christine – appear in the tower. At once, the desolate estate becomes a stage on which the events of one scorching summer are relived – a summer that shattered their lives, and changed everything forever…
Grim, evocative and exquisitely rendered, Fall is a story of friendship and family – of perception, fear and prejudice, the events that punctuate our journeys into adulthood, and the indelible scars they leave – a triumph of a novel that will affect you long after the final page has been turned.
When I read Attend last year, I was captivated by West Camel’s writing and was absolutely delighted to be invited on the blog tour for Fall. West Camel has a very distinctive writing style, so descriptive that I could see the novel playing out for me like a film. It is clear from the outset that the location of Deptford and in particular, Marlowe Towers is an important part of the novel and so I felt it was imperative to my enjoyment of it that I was able to place myself there and I was not disappointed.
Fall is a very character driven novel. Although there is a narrative, it is the characters who really captured my imagination. The central characters, especially, all had some traits I could relate to and sympathise with, and their background stories – both the events in the novel and the events that happen off the page – are told with such sensitivity that it was impossible not to take them to my heart.
Through Fall, West Camel introduces the reader to a range of themes which really made me think in detail about the human experience. It is a novel which I will struggle to leave behind. I am eager to see what this author will do next.
Fall is available from Amazon.
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