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Falling

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  3,149 ratings  ·  366 reviews
A plane falls out of the sky. A woman is murdered. Four people all have something to hide.

Jim is a retired police officer, and worried father. His beloved daughter has disappeared and he knows something is wrong.

Tom has woken up to the news that his wife was on the plane and must break the news to their only son.

Cecilia had packed up and left her family. Now she has survi
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 27th 2014 by Century
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Why did I finish this book? Well, I kept hoping it would get some excitement going and would redeem itself.
It didn't.


A plane crash happens and in the aftermath four stories are supposed to tie together. The thing is the whole thing was so sloppy. The plane crash happened and the reader is just given basic information about it. I never felt a dang thing for any of the characters.
Cecilia is a flight attendant on the plane who survives. We learn that she was leaving her husband Tom and small so
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Christine
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christine by: Janet 5
I want to thank Net Galley, Sourcebooks, and Emma Kavanagh for an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an unbiased review.

I am awarding this book 6 stars. I don’t care if I can’t give it 6 stars. I am giving it 6 stars. After We Fall, a moody psychological mystery, is the superb debut novel by British author Emma Kavanagh. It is by far my favorite read of 2015.

Four narrators tell the story, which takes place over about a week, in rotating fashion. Tom is a DC for the South Wales police de
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Diane S ☔
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this psychological, moody thriller. Four narrators tell us their stories in the aftermath of a plane crash where only twelve people survive. These four stories are expertly woven together to complete the picture of people who have trouble making the right decisions in the face of their pasts and their present. It was suspenseful because though we know how three of the stories are connected, the fourth slowly reveals its connection. Well written and a must read for those who love suspensefu ...more
Sue
"After We Fall" by Emma Kavanagh is an amazing debut psychological thriller, that you will not be able to put down until you finish it. It is written by a former police psychologist, and her knowledge and experience in the field, is very apparent, in this well written novel. Be prepared to pay attention to the plot, clues and characters, so as not to miss some of the reveals.

A plane crash, a murder, and four people who all come together...with secrets.

This novel explores four people, whose live
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Jan
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW, JUST WOW!!!!!

I wish I could rate this more than 5 stars! This is one of my top 5 books I've read all year and I am surprised that it hasn't gotten the hype that 'A Girl on The Train' has. I can see this actually being made into a movie.

After We Fall is a dark, intense psychological thriller that explores four lives that fall apart in the aftermath of a plane crash. Unraveling what holds these four together is a tense, taut tale about good people who make bad decisions that ultimately threat
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☮Karen
A really fine mystery/psychological study following a plane crash and a local murder of a young woman. The audio is read by one of my favorites, Jayne Entwistle, and is a good character study of some of the survivors -- of the crash and of the murdered woman's family. I had a wee bit of a problem at first keeping all the people straight in my head, but quickly caught on. Cecelia's family in particular was intriguing because on the day of the crash she had actually moved out on her husband and li ...more
Jean
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How horrible! Those poor people! Isn’t that what we think when we hear of a disaster? In recent years, and in recent months, especially, news of airliner crashes has filled the media.
After We Fall, sold in the UK as Falling, focuses on the aftermath of a tragic plane accident. Specifically, we see the impact of the catastrophic event upon the lives of others through the narration of four individuals: Cecelia, a flight attendant who survived the crash and helped rescue several passengers; her hus
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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, my thanks for the opportunity.

This is a great book that has so many complex characters who all intertwine and have their lives be touched by each other. It's an attention grabbing read, I enjoyed it in an afternoon of reading and trying to put all the pieces together as I went along.

Two major events happen at the start of this book, a passenger plane falls out of the sky with the loss of lives
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Liz Barnsley
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Coming March 2014 from RandomHouse UK



First of all thank you kindly to Random House, Emma Kavanagh and Netgalley for the review copy.



A plane falls out of the sky. A woman is murdered. Four people all have something to hide.



Right I could probably write a whole book myself about how much I loved this one but I will try to keep to the salient points..and avoid spoiling what is a wonderful, multi-layered character driven story that needs to come with a sleep deprivation warning….in the best possib
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Mish
A remarkable debut novel from Emma Kavanagh. I know from talking to people while reading the book, how much they love travelling, but can’t not bring themselves to read or see movies that involves plane crashes. But unlike my husband, who before our US trip, would be happily watch Air Crash Investigation and it wouldn’t faze him.

So if you are planning on travel soon, I would probably avoid it for moment. The terrifying event of a plane crash happens immediately in ‘Falling’. You can’t skim or cl
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

From the sky above South Wales a plane falls, on a snowy river bank below, a woman's body lies.

Unfolding from the perspectives of four characters, After We Fall by Emma Kavanagh (first published as Falling) is a multi-layered story of low key psychological suspense.

Flight attendant Cecelia, who that morning had resolved to leave her husband and son, is one of only a handful of survivors of the crash, wondering why she lived when so many didn't.

Freya is the 24 year old daughter of the plane's p
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Brenda
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One family is relatively normal, the second is dysfunctional and filled with secrets, and the third is barely a family at all. The lives of these family members intersect in many different ways. The chapters are labeled and told from one person's point of view, and it is easy to follow. Within each chapter the person thinks in both present and past. The psychological angst for each character is portrayed very well, whether the character is a husband/wife, brother/sister, or parent/child. There's ...more
—ReadAlongWithSue—
Absolutely gripping read.

This book starts off so dramatically it keeps going right until the end.

A woman who walks out on her husband and young son. A daughter who works in the Police force goes missing and at first her Father has difficulty explaining to the officers that attend its more serious than they think........until the Father mentions the blood traces, then the officer takes note!

There is so much happening in this book, crashes, tragedy, wow, so much, its gripping, you just don't want
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Elaine
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently read and enjoyed Hidden by Emma Kavanagh so was quite pleased to be able to pick up After We Fall, which is a reissue of her debut novel, originally titled Falling. I have to say I much prefer Hidden, After We Fall just left me feeling a little disappointed and I doubt very much whether if I had read this book first, I would have bothered with Hidden afterwards. The thing is, I cannot put my finger on exactly what it is about this book that bugs me.

The story takes place in the afterma
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
When a book has been written from multiple viewpoints - it is either a resounding success or an absolute disaster. After We Fall is a resounding success.

This book comes together like a beautifully knitted Aran Sweater.....you start with a pile of wool and too many needles. Threads slowly form, that are then wrapped around each other, intertwined into a series of twisting and turning cables that result in an artisan crafted treasure.

The writing is superb. The characters are masterfully created. T
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Margaret Madden
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
When a plane crashes down in the snowy Welsh landscape, grief and shock is peppered with unanswered questions. Why did the pilot choose to fly in such dangerous weather conditions? What exactly happened to cause such a tragic event? The pilot, Oliver Blake, has years of flying experience under his belt and his daughter, Freya, along with the rest of the family, struggle to come to terms with their loss. Surviving crew member, Cecelia, has her own inner demons to battle. She was about to leave he ...more
Jenny
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Falling is a psychological thriller and the first book written by Emma Kavanagh. Falling follows three families Handover, Allison and Black and how an aeroplane crash and murder of a young girl Libby intertwine the families that climax in a conclusion that was not expected by the reader.

I enjoyed the writing style of Emma Kavanagh and her portrayal of her characters. Also, the way Emma Kavanagh entwines the four main plots of the story that keeps the readers of Falling involved.

The readers of F
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Malia
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
"After We Fall" was my first book by Emma Kavanagh, though I've been thinking her mysteries sounded very intriguing for a while. I got this book very cheaply as an audiobook, and perhaps this was a mistake. The narrator in this case, has such a huge role in how the book comes across, and unfortunately, it wasn't terribly good for me.
The premise is actually very interesting, and I am always curious about authors weaving together strands of a story through multiple POVs. I felt that the narrator o
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Janet
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley, publisher and author for the advanced copy.

Falling is a psychological thriller that I enjoyed very much. Set against a backdrop of a plane crash and a murder, the story slowly intermingles at a pace that keeps you very much interested. The strength here though is that the book is very much character driven. Told from different viewpoints with every chapter you become totally engrossed as life stories and events unfold. All the characters felt real, plausible, heartbreaki
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Christa
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After We Fall is about four people who were connected by a plane crash and the way their lives fall apart afterwards. I found it very compelling and difficult to put down. The storylines were interesting and I felt invested in the outcomes. Most of the characters were not terribly likable, but I felt sympathetic toward most of them, particularly Cecilia and Tom. I liked the book and will be interested in more by this author. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC in return fo ...more
Bruce Hatton
A plane crashes in a snowstorm in south Wales. The dead body of a young female police officer is discovered nearby. Emma Kavanagh's debut novel is a slow moving psychological thriller which eventually reveals what links the two tragedies. It is told from the viewpoints of four characters in alternating chapters. However, for me, the only one of these characters who really came alive was Tom, a police officer investigating the murder and the estranged husband of one of the crash's few survivors. ...more
Jean
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
How horrible! Those poor people! Isn’t that what we think when we hear of a disaster? In recent years, and in recent months, especially, news of airliner crashes has filled the media.
After We Fall, sold in the UK as Falling, focuses on the aftermath of a tragic plane accident. Specifically, we see the impact of the catastrophic event upon the lives of others through the narration of four individuals: Cecelia, a flight attendant who survived the crash and helped rescue several passengers; her hus
...more
Maria V. Snyder
When I finished a novel by Tana French, this book was one of those that pops up as a recommendation so I thought I'd read it - plus I liked the cover and teaser. It's in the same genre as French's books, which I love. I enjoyed the mystery in this story, but will admit I guessed a number of things well before they were revealed. But I've also read so many mysteries/thrillers, that I've learned to spot the clues.

The characters made the story, though and I liked most of them. One character, I hat
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Mandy Radley
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lose yourself for a day reading the debut novel by Emma Kavanagh. The story is centred around a plane crash and the murder of a young woman with four main characters linked to both events.

Jim an ex police superintendent who realises his daughter is missing and in fact has been murdered. Tom a detective on the murder case wakes to find his wife Cecilia was on the crashed plane. Cecilia a flight attendant has troubles of her own and is one of the 13 survivors of the plane crash, and finally Freya
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Patricia
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
“falling” by Emma Kavanagh

5 star book. This is a debut book involving 4 primary characters who are involved in either a plane crash or a homicide that takes place in Cardiff, South Wales. Each chapter is given to a character to tell their story of what is currently taking place in either event of the plane crash or the murder. Over the course of reading all of their accounts, you begin to realize the connections between these primary characters. Author Kavanagh has done an excellent job with thi
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Kay
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kim
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, kindle, 2014, n
At the beginning of the book- a plane falls from the sky and a woman is murdered.

All the strings of the story intertwine cleverly- making for an excellent , page turning read. I couldn't put this one down. You see the link between all the different threads at the end - such a fascinatiing book to be absorbed in. Great characterisation and plot lines- a really wonderful read. Highly recommend this one.

Received with thanks from Net Galley for a review.
Perri
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

For some reason , I had difficulty keeping track of the characters with the switching back and forth in time and perspectives. The ending was a bit flat for me, but I liked it enough overall. A very promising debut novel.
Freda Malone
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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RitaSkeeter
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, crime
It doesn't matter how often I fly, I'm still petrified of it. I've read a few plane crash books this year, probably not my smartest move, but there you go. For anyone else out there petrified of flying and contemplating this book - my advice is to go ahead and read it. This is easily the least frightening plane crash you can read about. The crash itself takes up very little page time, and although there are some flashbacks for one of the characters, they are mostly concerned with what she felt, ...more
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Emma Kavanagh was born and raised in South Wales. After graduating with a PhD in Psychology from Cardiff University, she spent many years working as a police and military psychologist, training firearms officers, command staff and military personnel throughout the UK and Europe. Now she is lucky enough to be able to write for a living. She lives in South Wales with her husband, young sons, and a d ...more

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