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Between The Cracks She Fell

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If you loved The Girl On The Train, you will love this.
Take one summer, an abandoned old school and an idyllic beach town. Meet Joscelyn who living off the grid, having lost her home, her boyfriend and her job. She clashes with a gang of street kids, befriends a disfellowshipped Jehovah’s Witness and a runaway housewife who is living in her car with an enormous dog.
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Paperback, 285 pages
Published August 10th 2015 by Inanna Publications
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Review by Sarah Hipworth

Cities are palimpsests. Like those washed-off scrolls ready to be reused by a scribe, the words that came before leaving spectral impressions on the page, cities are built, unbuilt and rebuilt, leaving behind evidence of lives lived and left. In this way, time is made circular, existing on top of itself. It is no wonder, then, that in such spaces we should encounter the ghosts of those who came before us and those who might come aft
Melodie Campbell
This book was a wonderful find. The heroine is plucky and resourceful - I liked her enormously. The theme reminded me of that saying, "Two meals away from anarchy." It was a fierce reminder of how close we all are to homelessness at some point in our lives, through no fault of our own. Lose a job...lose a partner, and that ability to pay a mortgage drops away, when fate conspires to throw bad things at you all at once. I particularly like that the book ended on a positive, hopeful note, and thin ...more
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Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a riveting suspense thriller that will keep you turning the pages, then Between The Cracks She Fell by author Lisa de Nikolits is the book for you!

Author Lisa de Nikolits weaves an intriguing dark tale of suspense that delves into family, societal, and religious issues. The reader is easily drawn into Joscelyn's personal journey of discovery as she goes off the grid to recover after her life is turned upside down. Joss is no stranger to going off the grid, her need to esca
Carole Giangrande
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Like much of her work, Lisa de Nikolits' latest novel steers a course between literary seriousness and fast-paced action, making it both an accessible and provocative read. The central character, Joss, having lost her boyfriend, job and home in quick succession, decides to hang out for the summer months in an abandoned schoolhouse as she tries to pull her life together. Clutching her much-loved copy of Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, she gives us clues about the story's hope to explore religiou ...more
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Joscelyn had everything she wanted, a house, a job, a man, until she didn’t. Loosing everything all at once, she is then faced with what to do next in her life. Wanting a simple summer to relax and lie low, turns into a summer where Joscelyn is into everybody’s business. As the plot began to unravel, the reader found that plotlines started to snowball into one another. Dealing heavily with religion, this novel really takes on and tries to tackle some of the bigger issues with organized religions ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jolted by where Jocelyn begins, then utterly surprised and in awe of where she goes, I found the journey of a buoyant, playful woman embracing her own experiment of living. Joss’ attitude becomes evermore rich and grooves without destination. Hers has no absolutes! In spite of her returns to Tim Hortons, dingy motels and a rampant lust for her misguided lover, Jocelyn stubbornly derails relinquishing with her past in the attempt to keep a strait lid on her ‘almost 30’ life. In her refusal to par ...more
Jacqueline Valencia
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Utilizing Joycean techniques of dialogue and a relatable prose,
de Nikolits manages to paint a visceral world of a lost, but
determined soul. Joscelyn, like many people do, encounters a
whole range of characters in her journeys. From her egotistically-
minded friend Emma to her relationship with Ashley, a
friend who is troubled, but is confident in his own admirable
way, Joscelyn must fight adversity at every step. She finds
consolation unexpectedly in the diary of Imran Ali, an Islamic
fundamentalist w
Dorothy Mcintosh
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the first pages of Between The Cracks She Fell we become infatuated with Joss, a young-ish woman who has hit rock bottom all at once. Hers is the urban experience of loss on all fronts - in love and lust, financial security, even her family home. But it's the novel way she deals with that loss - she embraces it almost joyfully and certainly unpredictably- that gives us a truly memorable character. Who else would deal with hardship by deliberately becoming homeless? The novel has much more t ...more
Lorrie Potvin
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lisa de Nikolits immediately pulls the reader in and empathically connects them to Joss, a woman who has lost her house, her job and
her partner. The story unfolds as Joss, looking for meaning and a new beginning makes a home in an abandoned school. Through her explorations in town she connects with an unlikely band of characters, all seeking their own forms of healing and independence. Joss soon finds out the school library is being used by a gang of teenage misfits led by Lenny, a violent drug
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A lyrical and deeply moving examination of emotional pain
and faith on a collision course with organized religion. Lisa de
Nikolits’ highly believable and human characters are outsiders
struggling to find meaning, and perhaps hope, in contemporary
urban society. With a deft and confident clarity of style,
she explores the complex interplay of faith, crime and social
isolation. Highly recommended.
Heather Babcock
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"I didn't want it to end."

This is surely the highest of compliments that one can give to a book and "Between The Cracks She Fell" joins my personal list of beloved books that fall into this category; books that have felt like friends to me.

After losing her job, her boyfriend and her house, our heroine Joss takes shelter in an abandoned school and thus begins a journey that the reader won't soon forget.

Fresh, unique and thought provoking.
Terri Favro
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As usual from Lisa de Nikolits, a well-plotted story, grippingly told. I was really impressed by the use of the Qu'ran and The Satanic Verses – it's as if Between The Cracks She Fell is a response to Salman Rushdie’s work.
Between The Cracks She Fell reminds me of the books I've read by Ruth Rendell when she's writing as "Barbara Vine". Psychological suspense, is best way to describe them. Between The Cracks She Fell is a great read. I wonder what Joss will do next?
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