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They All Fall Down

(Scott Carluccio Randall #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  495 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Ring-a-ring o’ rosie . . .
... Someone wants to play.
... Who's not playing the game?
... Now Someone must pay.

Jen Harper likes to play it safe. She is settling into life on the outskirts of a sleepy fishing village with her little boy, Danny. Life by the sea – just how she wanted it.

When she meets Andy, she feels the time has come to put her baggage an
Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published July 1st 2016 by Poolbeg Press
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Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like psychological thrillers then this book needs to be on your TBR list. They All Fall Down can be split into 2 distinct halves; the first half being slow burn build up of tension with the introduction of the charming, handsome and rich Scott who can charm the birds from the trees. Then, in the second half, ramps up the action to a crescendo of an ending.

The characters are realistic and likeable, other than Scott for obvious reasons – however I did love to hate him! Jen is just looking f
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a psychological thriller at its best!
Jen likes the quiet life, possibly a little too quiet so her friends think, so they're all pleased when she meets Andy who although weighed down by the past seems to be the perfect catch (no pun intended!) Little did she bargain on him having such a downright nasty albeit charming, and dangerous friend who takes an instant dislike to her, of course the feeling is mutual...... Cat has created some wonderful and beautiful characters here who I warmed t
Margaret Madden
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
A small fishing village in Ireland is the setting for an unusual set of circumstances. Jen has inherited a house with a lodger and is slowly falling for his charms. Andy is a widowed fisherman, gentle of spirit and he awakens something within Jen. Their chemistry is obvious but she is afraid to act on it. Scott is the fisherman's sinister friend, determined to keep the pair apart. But why?

Single Mum, Jen, has uneasy feelings toward Scott from the get-go. He is a dark shadow that seems t
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OH. MY. GOD. I know I am a little late to the party when it comes to this novel, and I have read so many amazing things about this book but nothing prepared me for this rip-roaring read that will send chills racing over your skin and have you double-checking your locks before you go to sleep.

Jen Harper carries her scars close to her heart and will do whatever she must to ensure the safety of those she loves. A loving mother, Jen doesn't have the time or the inclination for romance, but after he
Suze Lavender
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When Jen inherits a house it's a new start for her and her son Danny. Danny is still a little boy and Jen needs to look out for him. The house comes with a lodger and it's a relief when Jen finds out he's nice. Andy is a fisherman who's traumatized because he lost his wife a few years before. Jen and Andy like one another, but Andy's best friend isn't happy with their connection. Will they have a chance at happiness together?

Andy has an extremely loyal best friend named Scott. Scott is always by
Emma Crowley
They All Fall Down is the debut novel from Irish author Cat Hogan. Set in a small coastal village which relies on both the tourist and fishing industry to keep it going the story follows Jen Harper as she returns to take up residence with her young son Danny in a house which she had been left by her Auntie Pat. That may all seem straight forward enough but once Jen has begun to settle in and get over the fact she has to share her house with the resident lodger – fisherman Andy until at least the ...more
Joanne Robertson
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
There is a lovely buzz about this book at the moment and as I am always afraid of missing out on the next big thing, I was delighted to accept my review copy and dive in!

I love the nursery rhyme Ring O’Roses and have sung it to differing generations of children. It’s one that never seems to get old and I love the slightly dark edge that it has due to its well documented history. And it’s used to great effect here both on the cover and inside as well. This is such a twisted psychological thriller
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. As with any book that has so many characters and sometimes in this case, varying points of view in each chapter, it can be difficult to keep track of who's who at the start but it becomes clear very early just who are the hero's and villains of the piece and WHAT a villain... I galloped through the second half of the book and my heart was in my mouth right up to the last page and I actually felt strangely unsettled when it was over... Super debut, will definitely look ...more
Lady Delacour
Story was ok, but all the
unnecessary foul language
took the story way down.
Listened with TTS.
Mildly unClean.
Over use of Foul Language.
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
I had seen Cat’s book knocking around social media but knowing I didn’t have the time to read it, I bought it and shelved it until I had a chance to read it in my own time.

Anyway, I picked this up after agonizing for ages about what to read, and I was pleasantly surprised. They All Fall Down is a psychological thriller, with a strong emphasis on friendship and trust. Following Jen Harper, and her son Danny as they settle in to a sleepy fishing village, it becomes obvious that there is definitely
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
Unfortunately clunky dialogue, the characters constantly saying the name of the person being spoken to. I found it difficult to stop noticing and it suggested a lack of confidence in the writing, as if the reader wouldn't be able to follow conversations without signposts. The plot did grip in parts but none of the characters really grabbed me apart from Jen. There is enough here to suggest the author can build and improve in future books, perhaps if the style hadn't bothered me so much I would h ...more
Mairead Hearne (
‘Love and obsession really are two sides of the same coin, and depending on the perspective it is coming from, it can become a beautiful thing, or a thing of destruction.’

(via Trace Literary Agency)

They All Fall Down is the debut novel from Irish Writer Cat Hogan. It was just published at the beginning of July by Poolbeg Press, so I was very fortunate to receive a copy.

At the moment I have been very lucky to receive such wonderful debut novels from many Irish writers and this is no exception
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed on Becca's Books.

When I first spotted They All Fall Down by Cat Hogan doing the rounds on Twitter, I was immediately grabbed by the cover and title. It had a certain sense of danger to it that I simply couldn't resist, so it came as quite a delightful surprise when the author contacted me in regards to reading and reviewing her novel, as well taking part in the blog tour. I couldn't say yes quick enough and, when the book arrived, I dived in straight away, eager to find out
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I never read other reviews before writing my own, and I must admit this book came as a real surprise. No, I’ll go further than that – in a nice way of course, but it came as a total shock. With the author coming from the sunny southeast of Ireland and the talk of sleepy fishing villages, coupled with the fact that this one is published by Poolbeg, I was rather expecting it to be a gentle tale of country folk, maybe with a bit of sea-going and the odd bit of wisdom from the elders. And for the fi ...more
Celeste Ní raois

Thanks to Poolbeg Press and Cat Hogan, I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review......

Jen Harper and her 8 year old son Danny have recently moved into a house on the outskirts of a sleep fishing village in Wexford and she is looking forward to spending her life by the sea as she's always wanted.

She meets Andy, who is a fisherman based in the village too. Both Jen and Andy both have baggage after suffering separate and awful tragedies. Jen is then introduced to Scott who is
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
They All Fall Down is Cat Hogan’s debut novel, and what a brilliant start! I’m looking forward to seeing what Cat has in store for us next.

Single mum, Jen Harper, has inherited a beautiful house by the sea. It’s perfect for her and young son, Danny. Perfect except maybe for the live in lodger! Before long Jen starts to see Andy, her lodger in a different light. After all he is rather dishy and maybe it is time she moved on with her life. Andy seems to feel the same spark, and with very tentative
Carmel Harrington
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An accomplished debut from Cat Hogan. Scott was a great villain and I loved the parts where Hogan gave us an insight into his dark, treacherous mind. I have a feeling the author hasn't done with him yet. If she does go back to Scott, I hope she shows us more of his POV, because they were my favourite parts of the story.
I enjoyed the descriptions of the fishing village also, the authors love of the area shone through. Hogan did a good job creating an eclectic mix of sub characters, who were at ti
Don Jimmy Reviews
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had me turning and turning and turning the pages. I couldn't wait to see what happened next!

A brilliant and wonderfully Irish read. I must admit this was certainly a step into unfamiliar territory for me, and the beginning had me wondering what I'd gotten myself into, but I was drawn in rapidly.
Jul 14, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loaners
I don't like to leave negative reviews and there was nothing necessarily wrong with this, I mean it was well written and we'll thought out. It just wasn't my cup of tea. ...more
Dana Sullivan
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good psychological thriller where the villain has everyone believing he's a wonderful, thoughtful, caring person, except for our main character who knows right away something is off about him and his behavior.

I enjoyed the drama, the Ireland setting, and the dialogue, although had to wonder throughout the book about some of the conversations --- these sound like rational adults! (for example, becoming upset about something but then having reasonable thought processes within yourself to diffus
Clazzzer C
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
This would be a perfect by the pool choice of book, not too taxing, short paragraphs, easy to follow story. The simplicity of the speech got to me at times I have to say, it was too much like overhearing a conversation in the supermarket than reading words from a page. The story line was ok but I found Scott to be OTT from the off, he was not credible at all. I thought the plot was good in parts and I was looking forward to finding out what happened in the end.I was disappointed by the ending ho ...more
Niamh Ennis
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Although the idea is somewhat clever, this book is dragged down by its God awful unrealistic dialogue (who finishes each sentence with the name of the person they're talking to?), horribly predictable plot progress and *spoiler* why would Scott be interfering in Tess and Doc's life before Andy went near Jen? Is the author trying to validate the sociopath diagnosis by removing Andy as the motive for everything, because this "twist" is done incredibly poorly to say the least. Expected maybe a litt ...more
C Eee
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-have
Loved it and can't wait for Cat's next book! There were moments I held my breath, moments when I knew what would happen and yet my knuckles turned white. Moments when Cat Hogan completely pulled the rug from under me. Yeah, was emotionally exhausted after it, but not only: however to explain that, I'd have to insert some sort of spoiler. Suffice it to say, it's a belter! Come on Cat, need something to share in the ROSBC, girl! ;-) ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Decent enough book which paves the way for a sequel which I'll definitely read. A few little criticisms. It is a bit slow to start and seems rushed at the end. Some sentences and descriptions are a bit clumsy. The narrative flips from a relatively formal style to an overly casual/colloquial style in places. All that said I did enjoy the book and liked reading a book written by a Wexford author set in Wexford! ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I found this a slow read, took ages for anything to happen and when it did it was quick and pretty much all over. The villain of the book was a bit unbelievable in my opinion and I found the writing style not to my taste, some lines I just thought would you really say that in that way! Don't know if I'll try any more of this author. ...more
Viki White
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book. It looked intriguing and suspenseful. But I found some parts hard to read due to the writing style. The plot I had figured out quite early and I felt when we finally got to the climax it was hasty and rushed.
I did really enjoy the romance between Jen and Andy and I found the relationship very sweet as they both tried to heal each others past.
Jul 11, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
Had potential as a story, but abandoning at page 52 because of my major irritant in books where characters constantly refer to each other by name even if there are only two of them talking - 'Blah blah blah, Tess.' 'Yes, blah blah blah, Jen.' 'But Tess, blah blah blah.' 'Oh Jen, blah blah blah.'


Just. No.
Jeanette ball
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Good storyline, writing is lacking.

Good plot, predictable, but pacy, However the writing didn't match up. The descriptions were vague, and lacking, with too much emphasis on the use of the word feck, in an attempt to bring the Irish feel to the story.
Christine Allen
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
2 1/2 * really. Can't decide about this book. I thought the story was ok but the title didn't suit it. Some of the dialogue was childish and didn't fit and I was sick of the use of "feck" - the Irish swear word. ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
They All Fall Down

What can I say besides one terrific read! I was on pins and needles half of the time I was reading. Wow I could reread it right now, that's how well it held my attention! 5 star yep, but if possible I would go higher. 😉
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Cat Hogan was born into a home of bookworms and within spitting distance of the sea. Her father, Pat, a lightship man, instilled in her a love of the sea and the stars. Her mother, Mag, taught her how to read before she could walk.
Writing, storytelling and a wild imagination is part of her DNA.

The beautiful County Wexford, Ireland is home to Cat, her musician partner Dave, two beautiful sons Joey

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