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Just Fall

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  1,430 ratings  ·  290 reviews
Balanced on the razor edge of moral ambiguity, this sexy and seductive debut novel asks: How can you find out that the person you love is a killer…and continue to love him anyway? Perfect for fans of Karen Rose, Sandra Brown, and Erica Spindler.

On the night of her wedding to Rob, Ellie’s perfect world suddenly collapses. Her suave, charming, sophisticated husband is not th
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 22nd 2016 by Ballantine Books (first published February 23rd 2016)
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Chelsea Humphrey
I would like to thank Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 Stars

I was intrigued to read this book when I found out that the author also wrote the script for the movie "The Wedding Planner". This is her debut novel and while it wasn't the greatest, it was still pretty good.

This novel alternates between "Then" and "Now" chapters which are short snippets of the past (which explains Ellie and Robs backstory) and the present (which is where we get into the real crim
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I’m currently addicted to romantic suspense. I can’t get enough lately. It has all the romance I crave without angsty, stupid relationship drama. I enjoy the mystery, twists, action and danger! Just Fall had plenty of danger and thrills, and a delicious romance I was rooting for from beginning to finish.

The story alternates between past and present starting out with a shocking scene in the present, and then working back and forth.

Rob and Ellie meet and fall in love, but both know/susp
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Imagine, it is your wedding night, the best night of your life and you are over the moon with happiness. What could possibly happen to change this ideal setting?, how about when your new husband leans over and whispers in your ear that he is a killer! What would you do? this is the problem that Ellie is faced with after her husband Rob confesses to her on their wedding night. How far would you go for the one you love? How does this change the way you feel about the love of your life? But in this ...more
Jul 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Just Fall by Nina Sadowsky is a romantic psychological debut novel of two damaged, deeply flawed souls seeking love and happiness.
Rob and Ellie are deeply in love and are getting married. On the wedding day Rob confesses to Ellie that he is a killer. Ellie who found Rob after a few unsuccessful romances cannot believe it but she is also hiding some dark secrets of her own. He is then kidnapped from the wedding reception and for Ellie to save him she has to take someone’s life. Thus starts the ha
“I'd learned that some things are best kept secret.”

----Nicholas Sparks

Nina Sadowsky, the American author, pens her debut romantic thriller, Just Fall that narrates the story of a woman who is thrown on the crossroads to judge on whether the man she is in love with and she thinks to be her soulmate, is a criminal or not. Caught in a web of lies and disloyalty, this woman evolves from being a victim to a most-wanted criminal in a foreign land, all in order to find save the life of her lying hu
Linda Strong
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it

This debut novel has a bit of everything ... some mystery, a bit of romance, some psychological aspects.

A happy couple, Ellie and Rob, have secrets, especially secrets from each other that haven't come out during the courtship. Moments after saying the ' I Do's' things immediately change and Ellie makes a discovery about her husband... something that turns her world upside down.

The story is told in flashback style, and that's fine. But the aren't told in chronological order. That takes a little
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was full of twists and turns, a very different type of love story. I really enjoyed it.
Feb 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes a book is just entertaining enough that you can forgive it for not being particularly good. This is very much a case here, with Sadowsky's debut novel. While first timer as an author, she's no stranger to entertainment industry, things like Lifetime tv and executive producer credit for the Wedding Planner of all things, so you might get an idea of what sort of a book this would be and it'd be a pretty accurate idea. My favorite thrillers are those of psychological variety. This one is ...more
Oct 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, netgalley
Just Fall is the story of Ellie who marries Rob who turns out to be someone she doesn't really know. But Ellie has a couple of skeletons in the cupboard, too.
Interesting premise for a story. And the story itself wasn't bad. But I didn't particularly enjoy the way it was delivered. It felt like a screenplay at times. Probably not surprising considering the author's background. At the beginning and then again at the end, the author addressed the reader directly. That didn't work for me here.
The s
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews
Just Fall is a dark, mysterious psychological thriller where the characters go to extreme lengths to hide what horrors they are capable of.

Review - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Just Fall is a well done psychological thriller where the layers of the story, and the layers of the characters are slowly unpeeled, until only the dark, ugly horror is left for the world to see. Told in several different points of views, and from both the past and the present, the story unfol
Oct 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads

Entertaining read, but the characters and plot are lacking.

I'm torn because I was really excited to read Just Fall. The plot sounds intriguing--on her wedding day, Ellie finds out that her new husband, Rob, is a con artist and killer! The story begins with a chapter entitled "Now" (the novel switches back and forth between chapters entitled "Now" and "Then") and the reader meets Ellie who has just murdered a man in St. Lucia. As the novel unfolds, the reader learns the motives behind the murder
Eva • All Books Considered
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Review originally posted at All Books Considered: 3.5 STARS

This books begins with the use of an audience surrogate - don't let this throw you. Most of the book is told in the third person but it was done well and I never had problems with the POV. This one kept me guessing and even though it was dark -- it was also pretty romantic, which sounds like such a dichotomy but worked. The description above is spot on in that this book asks the question of . . . how can you find out that the person
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Random House and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 Stars

Screenwriter, Nina Sadowsky delivers a chilling dark tale of suspense---good versus evil, JUST FALL two damaged people desperately seeking redemption.

The novel opens with a letter from Rob to darling Ellie with instructions, his love, and an “I’m sorry”.

An island. A wedding day. From Manhattan to the Caribbean, they had known each other that long. Secrets. A couple. Bride and Groom. Rob’s a
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-release
I had a good time with this thriller, but I think it has higher aspirations than it’s able to reach. It’s marketed as a tale of moral ambiguity, purportedly raising profound questions like “How far would you go for love?”, but in execution it never stops feeling like a beach read. If you’re looking for a tawdry little escape, it would be the perfect choice. Not so much if you’re expecting a deep dive into ethics.

Main character Ellie finds out on her wedding night that the man she has just marrie
Fluff Smut & Murder
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it

Thank you to and to the publisher for the ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Similar to Gone Girl, yet completely different – I could not put this book down. Okay – so I can’t put a lot of books down, but I did stay up late to finish this one because I just had to see how it ended. The ending – did NOT see any of that coming!!

What I loved: The way the novel flowed from the past to the present and back again after evey chapter helped build suspense while enlightening
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
From the moment I opened the pages of this book, there was no looking away. Like the proverbial train wreck, there was a need to see it all.

Back and forth from past to present, the author lays it all out there, the whys for every decision made, for each action taken.

I couldn't look away till the final page was read and I could finally breathe again. And I could remind myself that it was just fiction - a rip roaring tale of psychological suspense that definitely messed with my head and left me re
May 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
The writing really drove me crazy at first. The author would begin a paragraph with "Later." What is that? I understand she's a screenwriter, but this isn't a screenplay. It's a book.

The book got better (or the writing grew on me) and was a quick read. But the ending. OMG, the ending. It just doesn't make sense. Spoiler alert: the ending. doesn't. make. sense.

Gail O'Connor
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Incredible book. The idea of the book is amazing. When you do have to put the book down for some reason, you find yourself thinking about!
GREAT read!! A very exciting thriller. Can't wait until she writes another book!
Rhonda B
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can definitely see this book made into a movie. The author description on the books jacket says Nina (the author) has written several screen plays so maybe that is why this books lends itself to a movie script.

Ellie starts out as a soft romantic but as the book progresses she becomes one tough cookie. What could be better than romance on a tropical island ????
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Just Fall by Nina Sadowsky is a so-so debut thriller that tells the story by jumping between "Then" and "Now" chapters.

The novel opens with our beautiful, desirable, blond newlywed, Ellie, killing a man. Apparently she needed to kill him to save her dashing but mysterious husband, Rob, who she loves more than is prudent, or certainly beyond common sense, and decency. On their wedding day, immediately after the ceremony, Rob told her that he is a killer. Subsequently, some men showed up at the re
Mar 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, mystery
What do you do when you find out the man you've built a life with ends up being nothing but a stranger? Would you kill to keep that fantasy alive? The night of her wedding, Ellie discovers Rob's secret and it puts everything she thought she knew about him into question. Just Fall is a convoluted tale that switches between past and present, and non-linearly as well. In its attempts to keep you in the dark from the truth facts of the mystery, it only succeeds in being confusing and frustrating rat ...more
Michelle Only Wants to Read

I liked this little book. It's a thriller with a touch of romance and sexiness into it. I'm not usually into the romance side of things, but it was well played. I liked Ellie and Rob as a couple. I could empathize with the idea of "finding someone as broken as you are" to love you and understand you.

The book is narrated in alternate chapters of "Then" and "Now" that tell the story of who Ellie and Rob are, how they met, and how they find themselves in the current sticky situation. The "Then"
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Another title marketed as "the next Gone Girl" and "for fans of The Girl on the Train", but while this desperately wants to be the next "it" book, it's not happening. And I need to stop falling prey to these marketing ploys.
The story unfolds over alternating Now (there's a murder--gasp!, by a woman--double gasp!, and she did it for love--zzzzzz) and Then (backstory) chapters, book-ended by chapters that are more wink wink nudge nudge narration. It's a little disjointed to change the narrative ty
Oct 19, 2015 rated it liked it
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I thought this was a bit better than just ok but I can't honestly say that by the end, I strongly liked it. The story of Ellie & Rob being told by two threads in alternating chapters titled "Then" and "Now" felt tedious. I admit to being far more interested in the Now and I was also just annoyed that the Then felt disjointed and didn't even always pick up where the prior Then, ended. The summary definitely drew me in and more than anything was what kept me turning the pages so that's to the good ...more
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Ron and Ellie are the perfect couple. From the outside,they have everything that many couples envy. Together in Matrimony,they are swept away I'm love and bliss. However moments after their nuptials,Ellie wonders if she ever knew the man she married. Shifting from the Past and the Present,Ellie reminisces about life before she tied the knot,she discovers horrifying things about Rob,leading her to question his close friends. Fast paced,intriguing and powerful is this mesmerizing novel.

This has go
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It had a bit of everything....suspense, a bit of romance, and mystery. I loved the way the author wrote this story; the built up of suspense kept me reading into the late night hour just to find out what was going to happen next. The way she used flashbacks throughout the novel to tell the history of the characters and how they became they people were. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, I was left shocked at the end. It seems like Elie and Rob were made for ...more
Kim Pet
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Admittedly, an odd beginning, but like skeletal fingers, this one reaches towards you and before you know it, you're ensnared in its depths and unable to escape. The question of whether or not you truly know another person, even one you've fallen in love with and married, exists at the heart of everything, and propels this literary experience from the beginning to the end. There are discoveries that will leave you breathless and plot details that seem random until neatly tied together in the lab ...more
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
While I didn't much like the method of telling this story, the back and forth of Then and Now and out of sequence even with that, I loved the story. You had to finish this book to appreciate it and give a fair review. A lot of twists and turns lead to a surprise ending. Look forward to more books by this author. I do recommend this book to anyone who likes murder mystery, romance, secrets in their storyline.
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Nina R. Sadowsky's eclectic career has spanned work as an entertainment lawyer, a producer, a film executive, a screenwriter, a director and a film professor. She has written numerous original screenplays and adaptations and done rewrites for such companies as The Walt Disney Company, Working Title Films, and Lifetime Television.

She is currently serving as adjunct faculty at USC’s School of Cinem

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