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The Fallout

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Everyone has an opinion. Everyone has a secret.
I only took my eyes off him for a second.
One little mistake is all it takes . . .

When Sarah forgets to check on her best friend’s little boy, distraction turns to disaster. And she’s faced with a dilemma.

Tell the truth, lose a friend.
Tell a lie, keep her close.

In a split second, Sarah seals her fate. But accidents have
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ebook, 416 pages
Published December 5th 2019 by HarperCollins Australia
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Andi
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read this via the pigeonhole app, didn't really get to grips with it at all. Didn't like any of the characters, felt they were annoying, childish and far too materialistic.
There could have been So much more to the story but I found it to be lacking in excitement or intrigue.
Nicki
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nobody is perfect...right, we all make mistakes. The important thing is that we admit we have made them,learn from our mistakes and try not to repeat them. The Fallout is a tale of human error,misconceptions,secrets,friendships,obsession,relationship,
guilt and loss. It's the story of Sarah's desperate attempts to stop her best friend Liza from.finding out the truth about an accident involving Lisa's four year old son Jack.

Best friends Sarah and Liza had been at the local community centre having
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Natasha Ellis
I did enjoy but it did go on a little bit. Very stretched out. Relevant about playground mums and their WhatsApp groups. Worth a read.
Louise
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jacqueline  sharp
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
The world of yummy mummies, who are so wrapped up in themselves, I think I struggled to like any of the female characters in this book. I didn’t feel anything relate able with them and maybe that’s a good thing. I don’t think as readers we were meant to like them or at least I hope not. For me the only situation this reminded me of was picking up my children from the school playgrounds at the end of the day or dropping them off, as there was always that clique group which if on their own would ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
In The Fallout, Rebecca Thornton’s third fiction novel, minutes after Sarah witnesses her best friend’s young son climbing a pole in a playground, and distracted, says nothing, the boy falls. Four year old Jack is badly injured, and Sarah is horrified, but can’t bring herself to admit to Liza that she may have been able to prevent the tragedy. Desperate to redeem herself for failing to tell the truth, Sarah vows to do everything she can to make up for her mistake, but lies have consequences, and ...more
Fay Flude
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting one and a bit of a dilemma for me because I kept avidly reading The Fallout and thought the writing was good but actually disliked the characters for their shallow, privileged yummy mummy stance. Even when events showed the reader a different side to each female character (Ella, Liza & Sarah) I still disliked them all!
Fear and emotional pain distorts lives and makes people act very differently because perspectives are skewed and choices aren't always rational. This is
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Lou
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fallout is Ms Thornton's third thriller and I was in two minds whether to read this one but I was fond of her last novel, Your Guilty Secret. It explores the question of whether it is ever acceptable to lie to keep a secret from your best friend in order to save your friendship. Sarah and Liza are bosom buddies and are having a cheeky coffee at the local community centre when Liza asks Sarah to check if her son Jack is okay; he is outside making the most of the play equipment. However, soon ...more
Miss R
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

A pulsating, engaging novel that throbs with tension.

Motherhood, particularly its darker aspects, seems to be a theme de jour in contemporary thrillers at the moment. What marks this out as a superior example of this type is Rebecca Thornton's engaging writing-style, wonderful characterisation and tautly written narrative. I can honestly say that I have never encountered so many characters in one novel that have
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Melanie’s reads
I’m still debating what star rating to give this book as it’s a complicated one. At the start I thought two stars as I hated all the self obsessed yummy mummies and became increasingly frustrated at their apparent lack of normality and how shallow they all were. But….. there was one little ray of light that kept me reading and that was Liza ( although she’s not without issues either).

Sarah the protagonist was annoying, insecure, fragile and seriously needs to work on getting her brain in gear
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Nicki Southwell
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews
The hectic lives of yummy mummies is quite astounding when you look at everyone else. This book begs the question of how people live like this. They aren't happy and are constantly worrying about what people think. That appears to be the most important thing of all. How they are seen by others.

The main characters Liza and Sarah have been friends since their boys were born. They met each other at NCT classes and their friendship lasted. One or two of the others are around, but their friendship is
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Gulnaz
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for an honest review. I loved the sound of The Fallout so was excited to read this. This follows Sarah who’s in the gym cafe with her stressed friend Liza. Sarah goes to fetch coffees and agrees to keep an eye on Jack, Liza’s son. Sarah notices Jack is perilously close to the edge of a climbing frame and she should warn him to come down but then she sees Ella, this stunning mummy who Sarah has always admired and desired to befriend ...more
Dave Wheeler
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this from start to finish

. This is the story of those around Jack a small 5 year old boy who has a bad accident & what follows is the story of the lives of his Mum Lizza,, her best friend Sarah and Ella. Well I will let you work out who Ella is it takes a while but the truth will out.

Sarah is so obsessed with Ella who did a disappearing act about 5 years ago but now has appeared back on the scene. They all met at pre birthing classes where Sarah & Lizza's friendship began and has
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Tracey
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fallout is my first book by this author and after finishing it this morning I'm still not sure how I feel about it. I didn't hate it but didn't love it either.

The story centres around best friends and mums Liza and Sarah. They are at a leisure centre with their children and Sarah is supposed to check on Liza's son on her way to get coffees, while Liza fed her daughter. The boy, Jack, is climbing a post but Sarah is distracted when she meets up with Ella and doesn't tell him to come down.
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Harriett Hendry
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, this is not my usual genre of novel. Essentially this is a book about motherhood and the world of bitchiness/gossip that sometimes comes with being a parent.

As a mum, I related to both of these characters. Liza and Sarah are both written as real life, believable people who are not superhuman. To that, even the “perfect” mum ends up having secrets that are not so perfect.

The fact that all characters and the world they live in was so close to home made my cringe, laugh and cry. There is
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Hazel
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to NetGalley and publisher HarperCollins UK for the ARC.
I'm really not sure about this book To me, overall it's a cautionary tale of a gossipy and back-stabbing WhatsApp group formed, at first, between a group of young women expecting their first babies at about the same time, five years previously. From there it splinters into several spin-off private groups. The last thing you want to say to someone in such a group is "you mustn't tell anyone"!! let alone send a nasty message to the
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Sue K
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The toxic world of the privileged mummies of West London. Here we have a bunch of not very nice ladies who rip their friends apart and gossip like there's no tomorrow whilst all pretending to b great friends.

This story takes place in Acton/Chiswick/Turnham Green area of well London where well heeled yummy mummies attend a Health Club where friends Liza and Sarah are enjoying a coffee whilst their offspring are playing in a soft play area outside. When Sarah spots the impossibly perfect Ella
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Kerrie Kelly
Just finished this, my 1st book by this author.
Sarah and Liza are at the local fitness centre when Lima’s son Jack had a fall. This story follows these two characters, their families and the fallout from this accident.
I found it to be a little annoying at times with at least one glaring inconsistency for example Sarah pops round to Lisa’s and Liza takes the opportunity to have a shower, while she’s doing this Sarah sneaks a look at her phone, says something to the physio ( who’s with Jack) but
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Kerrie Kelly
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Just finished this, my 1st book by this author.
Sarah and Liza are at the local fitness centre when Lima’s son Jack had a fall. This story follows these two characters, their families and the fallout from this accident.
I found it to be a little annoying at times with at least one glaring inconsistency for example Sarah pops round to Lisa’s and Liza takes the opportunity to have a shower, while she’s doing this Sarah sneaks a look at her phone, says something to the physio ( who’s with Jack) but
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Vanessa Wild
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about what happens when an accident occurs in a sports club, a lie is told and the subsequent events are not always as they appear. Misunderstandings and paranoia are the result amongst a group of ‘yummy’ mummies who chat on Whatsapp and at the school gates.

It’s a compelling tale of friendship turned sour, how things can spiral out of control very quickly and the guilt which ensues. There is a fantastic and diverse cast of believable characters from the neurotic Sarah and the
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Jo
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Pigeonhole for this read.

I found this book very hard going and almost gave up, but kept going until the end because of a fellow Book Clubber's review.

So, I will start with the characters. I found the main characters shallow, self-obsessed and annoying which meant that I lacked any interest or compassion for them.

In relation to the storyline, the back-biting that was portrayed throughout the story was an interesting concept, and I've worked in environments with lots of women where I
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Ritu Bhathal
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah and Liza are friends who met and bonded through a local NCT group, being a support network for each other through those first fraught months and years of parenthood.
They look out for one another and have been there for each other through thick and thin.
Then something happens, injuring one of their children, and a web of lies, guilt and secrecy is woven.
An interesting format, and I especially liked the WhatsApp chats that were interspersed between chapters, as an extremely relevant addition
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bee
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Thanks, I hate it.
Nah look I didn’t hate hate it, it just kinda sucked. Some good stuff but it was surrounded by a lot of rambling rubbish. The WhatsApp messages were pointless. The newspaper things were pointless. Trying too hard to be Leanne Moriarty, you know? Also Gav’s a dick. They’re all dicks.
The point at which I stopped reading was half way through when Liza lied that she wasn’t going to breastfeed her eight-week-old because she had mastitis. Now that is just poor research. And the fact
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Elaine Noble
I read this novel through the Pigeonhole app. I guess it was appropriate because it's difficult to pigeonhole this book. Initially I thought it was going to be a psychological thriller and then about a moral dilemma, but I guess in the end its about relationships and communication. I really liked the addition of WhatsApp conversations and interviews. It helped fill out the story. I think though that I didn't find any of the main characters likeable which meant I wasn't invested in them. The ...more
Sally Tyrer
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A new author for me so was excited to try this new book!
Unfortunately I found it a little slow initially and felt that it was rather drawn out in places! However it does cover many relevant topical issues such as female friendships and loyalties, post natal depression, marital disharmony and school playground hierarchy! The use of wots app groups illustrate how beneficial or destructive they can also be in this age of modern communications!
This book covers the secrets we keep, the reasons we
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Sally Tyrer
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new author for me so was excited to try this new book!
Unfortunately I found it a little slow initially and felt that it was rather drawn out in places! However it does cover many relevant topical issues such as female friendships and loyalties, post natal depression, marital disharmony and school playground hierarchy! The use of wots app groups illustrate how beneficial or destructive they can also be in this age of modern communications!
This book covers the secrets we keep, the reasons we
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Kerry Henderson
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah doesnt check on her friend's little boy when she says she will and he suffers a fall. She doesnt admit what shes done though and is left with her own guilt. Liza the mother is dealing with her own issues and what does the reappearance of Ella mean?

This was a really interesting story dealing with a lot of difficult subjects. The story flicks between different narratives and sections written in WhatsApp text which adds a modern edge to the story. The plot itself builds steadily and ends
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LianaReads blog
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Being my first book by the author didn’t exactly know what to expect.
The story is interesting and the characters can be easily reliable with real-life people or friends.
Hiding the truth to a long-time friend just because you think it’s hurting her feelings it’s definitely not something that I would do because the consequences are worse usually and this story it’s the proven argument for it.
It has a good pace, a few twists and turns but something felt flat for me to be able to give
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Ayobankole
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fiction readers
Recommended to Ayobankole by: Netgalley
The Fallout by Rebecca Thornton is relatable if you have ever joined a Parents Teacher Association at your child/ren's school. The book is interesting if you can keep up with the various Whatsapp conversations. While this is the current preferred method of communication, it can seem tedious to keep up with who said what and to whom. The story itself is engaging and the main characters all have secrets which they keep from each other. These secrets lead to unfounded assumptions and unhealthy ...more
Tamsin Preece
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This book could have been a bit shorter. I found it quite waffly in places. I’m a mother myself but I’m very glad to report I’ve never been on a WhatsApp group like the ones in this book! I found them very exaggerated and didn’t feel they added a great deal to the story.

I liked Liza more than Sarah. She seemed a more rounded and well developed character. I enjoyed the premise- one small action can change a life. But overall I think it wasn’t well executed and it needs hefty editing.

Thank you to
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REBECCA THORNTON is a journalist and runs an online advertising business. Her work has been published in Prospect magazine, the Daily Mail, the Jewish News, and the Sunday People. She was acting editor of an arts and culture magazine based in Jordan, and she’s reported from Kosovo, London, and elsewhere in the Middle East. Rebecca is a graduate of the Faber Academy and The Exclusives is her first ...more
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