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Fall, Leaves, Fall

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It’s 1998 and James Bridge has returned to his hometown twenty years after the apparent murder and disappearance of his childhood friend. However, Bridge soon finds himself an outsider in a community he once regarded as his own, forced to confront his past and that of his former friends as the killings begin again.

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Kindle Edition, 270 pages
Published August 29th 2014 by Mike Driver
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Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book literally gave me chills; It’s written to beg the reader not to put it down, to become part of this world of pain, fear, and mystery.

Bridge is home after years of being away; his friend, Pete, was murdered years before, and now that he’s home, the mystery begins again. More boys are getting killed, and the only question now is by who? The original killer is dead; so now who is doing this?

I really enjoyed this book; it was very descriptive, like a scary movie that sucks you in. It’s ful
Danielle Evans
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a dark story with a gloomy atmosphere. The author's vivid descriptions of a small town in autumn on the brink of winter are well done. The gray skies and the near constant rain allows for a perfect setting for a supernatural thriller.

Bridge has returned to his hometown, a place where a few children were murdered twenty years ago. Unfortunately, one of those children was his best friend. And now that Bridge ha
Eric Martindale
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If he can only entice you near enough to read the prologue, Mike Driver has you.

“What on earth is happening?!” This is the desperate question the reader is plagued with from the start of this smart thriller. If you have every truly feared for your own life, Mike Driver will take you back to that visceral, surreal feeling again and again in this book.

Fall, Leaves, Fall is crafted around the protagonist, Bridge, who has returned home nearly twenty years after a series of small town murders, one of
Jay Cutts
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This isn't a genre that I would normally be excited about, but I happened to pick up Fall, Leaves, Fall and was immediately grabbed by the story and gobbled it up. I thoroughly enjoyed the book on many levels. I don't hesitate to give it 5 stars.

First, Mike Driver's writing is very polished, very clear, very readable. He has a down-to-earth writing style that is comfortable to read and yet is accurate and expressive. Given that the story borders on horror and has an element of psychological dark
Tony Parsons
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
10/1978, Boy Missing (Manchester Evening News).
It was Pete (BMF) he had been murdered.
Fast forward in the Cletherwood Advertiser stated another Boy Missing.
2 others Clack Martin &, Marcus Clifton (housing minister’s son), were also murdered.

Pete’s body was never ever found.
9/1998, James Bridge (narrator, paperboy) returns to his hometown Cletherwood (Pennines).
Edward Warwick (aka Fat Eddie, former BMF, Executive Chef, Gastro pub) wanted to see him at Marshall’s bar.

Susan Reynolds (former
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it
This is one of those books you just can't put down once you've started. It is very fast-paced and leaves you out of breath most of the time, just like the main character.
When James Bridge returns home after 20 years, strange things start to happen: paranoid acting childhood friends, leaves moving on their volition, and then another child goes missing. James stumbles through this story trying to make sense of the strange things happening around and to him, while at the same time being repeatedly
John Autero
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Fall Leaves Fall” by Mike Driver is a book with many personalities. It is a who-done-it, mystery, detective novel with a bit of horror and paranormal activity brought in for good measure.
A young boy falls as he climbs up the side of a cliff with his group of friends. One of the friends (Bridge, who is the narrator of the story) realizes his fallen friend is still alive and runs to get help. When Bridge brings back the police the injured boy is gone and even though the authorities mount a searc
Ramona Plant
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing story that keeps you glued to the book.

Mike is an excellent author who knows his craft very well. He has a way of captivating his readers and turning the world up side down. The pace of the book is excellent without rushing the reader nor putting the reader to sleep. It is just right and makes this a very good book. He keeps you guessing until the very end! The ending is very unexpected which makes this a joy to read.

Bridge is an interesting character who tries to figure out what is
Ana Meyer
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loving me some suspense. This is one of the goodies. Creepy but not to the point of causing an uncomfortable level of creep. Child murders and questions as to the true guilt. Twists and turns and all the fun that goes alone with it. I love a good mystery and I refuse to give you any more details as it would take all the joy out of reading this one. So if you love a good mystery and all the twists and turns that make they great, this one will not disappoint you.
Spunky N Sassy
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
SNSBAH Rating: 4.0

~~~~~~~~~~Lindsey's ★★★★ Review~~~~~~~~~~

This book like all books has a soul. It is a vivid story layered with elements that provides its readers with a great escape. I loved this book!
Rosemary Kenny
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of murder-mysteries and psychological thrillers
Fall, Leaves, Fall - a review by Rosemary Kenny

Now aged 32, James Bridge still has nightmares about the happenings when he was just a 12 year old lad in the backwater town of Cletherwood. The friends he was so close to back then have long drifted away, but that's about to change when James returns to visit his parents, (who still live there) and is surprised to meet one and then more old pals, who may or may not have their own agenda.

Who still runs the paper shop where James used to do his paper
Whispering Stories
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
‘Fall, Leaves, Fall’ is the debut full-length novel by British author Mike Driver and is written in the first person. The action switches between 1998 and twenty years earlier when the main protagonist, James Bridge, is twelve years old.

The cover design reflects the title and as the book develops, the significance of both become apparent.

The structure is tight and the pace even throughout. The free-flowing writing style is very easy to read and the author has used many literary devices including
James Faro
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bridge returns to his home town of Cletherwood twenty years after a series of child murders. He was twelve at the time and his best friend, Pete, was one of the murder victims. His past comes back to haunt him, all around are memories of Pete and he is unable to rid himself of a sense of guilt over the circumstances surrounding his friend's fate. In search for answers, he meets up with his old friends from childhood. Whilst the man convicted of the original murders has died in prison another boy ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book begins with a very emotional prologue dated October 1978, where the protagonist Bridge is running through the park, out of breath and panic-stricken, fearing to be late.. We understand that something dreadful is going to happen but the prologue is over. What has happened? It turns out that Bridge’s friend disappeared that autumn day, and it seems like he feels guilty for it. Although at the beginning of the book he says that his heart already doesn’t stand still when he sees a newspaper ...more
Melanie Marsh
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fall, Leaves, Fall by Mike Driver is a great read. From the beginning I was taken in and wrapped up by the story. I knew I was hooked as soon as I read the prologue. The mysteries within are the kind you just can’t ignore and can’t wait to figure out.

James Bridge returns home after being away for 20 years. He is a fairly unassuming character. James felt like he could have been anyone, just a regular guy. Not successful, but not exactly a failure either. He doesn’t really seem too driven by anyth
J.C. Steel
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fall, Leaves, Fall begins entirely mundanely, on a wet, gray day, on a bus into the small English town of Cletherwood. James Bridge, let go from his latest job, is going back after twenty years to where all his nightmares play. He’s going home, despite the memories, seeking refuge, with nowhere else to go. The Romans thought that the area around Cletherwood was haunted by malign spirits. As far as James is concerned, that may well be true – but his own ghosts are much more recent.

Mike Driver’s u
Dec 19, 2015 rated it liked it
The overall premise of the first book in The Cletherwood Trilogy is intriguing. Bridge is returning to his home town for the first time in twenty years, haunted by the death of his childhood friend Pete. Slowly, a cast of characters from his past unfolds around him and he begins to question everything he knows about his friend's death and the murder of a number of other young boys in Cletherwood.

The characters and setting of this book are well developed and put together, Cletherwood being a fogg
Barry West
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In Fall, Leaves, Fall we follow Bridge as he returns home to face the demons of his past. In this case it’s a series of murders that plagued his town in his youth that claimed a childhood friends. And although the murderer has since passed away in prison another death threatens to upturn the closure he feels as well as the lives of innocents.

Mr. Driver has done a very good job with the novel overall, however there are few areas that he truly excels. First it’s the tone of the novel. The descript
Ian Welch
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fall Leaves is a spin chilling whodunit. James Bridge returns to hometown, Cletherwood after an absence of twenty years. He is obsessed by and racked with guilt over the mysterious disappearance of his friend Pete when they were twelve-year-olds. He is driven to solving the mystery, the official version just doesn’t stack up.
Mike Driver has done a masterful job in constructing this edge of the seat mystery. The real perpetrator remains a mystery right to the final pages. I became totally engross
Ju Ephraime
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is dark and suspenseful, which is conveyed from the very beginning of this two sentence prologue. The book is not set up for Kindle and some minor errors are throughout the book, but this does not take away from the author’s ability as a writer. He holds your attention and keeps it until the very end of this dark and suspenseful tale. You feel the fear that seems to dominate the main character’s life, but never, not once did the author revealed the nature of the edge-of-your-seat suspe ...more
Sara Claridge
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the writing style, suspenseful, eerie and just enough hint of the story to keep the pages turning. Straight away I was drawn into Bridge returning to his childhood home after many years.

By chapter two I had that uneasy feeling that comes when you start reading a book where you know the tale will unsettle you a one point (I mean this in a good, caught up in the emotions of the story, sort of way!).

The surprise ending and atmospheric style made it an enjoyable, if slightly chilling, rea
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sucked me in on the first page! Author Mike Driver won't be going anywhere but UP! An awesome supernatural thriller that I was NOT expecting from the title or the fact that it is a trilogy! Excited to read Books 2 and 3!
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Mike Driver lives in Yorkshire, England. His publication history consists of 40 published short stories scattered across print magazines, online titles and anthologies around the horror fiction globe.

His latest fiction can be found in the February 2016 issue of Trysts of Fate and in the forthcoming anthology Haunted by the Past from Tacitus Publishing.

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“Outside I could hear the rush and heave of the wind as it shifted and moaned, battering at the eaves. More leaves appeared, and they clawed at the underside of the door, like fingers, feeling for the warmth and light inside. They scuttled in to the room, and they swirled all about me and when one brushed my foot I almost screamed.” 0 likes
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