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Rebecca Thornton
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The Fallout

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  270 ratings  ·  119 reviews
At the school gates, there’s no such thing as yesterday’s news . . .

When Liza’s little boy has an accident at the local health club, it’s all anyone can talk about.

Was nobody watching him?

Where was his mother?

Who’s to blame?

The rumours, the finger-pointing, the whispers – they’re everywhere. And Liza’s best friend, Sarah, desperately needs it to stop.

Because Sarah was
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 20th 2020 by HarperCollins
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Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah and Liza met during antenatal classes five years ago and are now very close friends.

They go to the new prestigious club The Vale where yummy mummies meet for coffee or to exercise whilst their children play.

Liza asks Sarah to check up on her son who is playing outside in the playground, whilst she goes to get a coffee. On the way back to Liza, Sarah is distracted when she sees Ella who she hasn’t seen since their antenatal clinic and tells Liza she checked up on Jack when she didn’t.
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
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting, at times ferocious look at :
School gate politics
WatsApp group wars
Affluent Mummies with their spoilt brats and
( I am not sure which one’s comes out top tbh ) the love, hate, respect and envy of friendships

All based around an accident at a ‘well to do’ Leisure club in West London and what one friend decide’s to tell another about what they have witnessed of the accident ( involving their son ) this decision changes theirs, and others, lives dramatically

I found the complex,
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.
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.
I came across THE FALLOUT through reading a friend's review on Goodreads and thought it sounded interesting. I was wrong.

This domestic drama (I wouldn't go so far as to call it a thriller) revolves around the friendship between Sarah and Liza and their group of affluent yummy mummies. All are members of a posh club in West London called The Vale Club, which is where the story begins...

Sarah and Liza had been at The Vale Club enjoying a coffee and a catch-up. When Sarah offered to go to the cafe
I must have requested this book (electronically) a while ago. Or during a lull. Because when it popped up in my 'due to read' pile I read the back cover blurb and groaned. Not from any physical pain ( ;-) ) but rather the thought of yet another book about parenting wars. I know the fascination with good / bad parenting started before Big Little Lies but the perfect / imperfect mummy thing has become a little old hat. More so for me I suspect as a non-parent.

But I bravely read on, deciding it's
My thanks to HarperCollins U.K. for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘The Fallout’ by Rebecca Thornton in exchange for an honest review.

This domestic (or rather school gates) drama revolves around the friendship between two women Sarah and Liza as well as their wider group of affluent young mummies who are members of a posh health club in West London. The fallout of the title relates to an accident that befalls Liza’s five-year old son, Jack, at the centre’s play area.

‘The Fallout’ contains plenty of
Jan 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'll keep this short, partly because it doesn't warrant going into detail, and partly because life is too short to continue to read such rubbsih....

A group of yummy-mummies (a nauseating but apt term) meets at a posh WEst London club - The Vale - which is where we meet Sarah and Liza and their children. Liza is wrestling with her newborn daughter so asks Sarah to check on her energetic son Jack. Airhead Sarah fails in this one task because she becomes involved in conversation with Ella, a
Jacqueline  sharp
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
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
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
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Full disclosure: I think I've just had a really bad run/maybe need to break up with this genre. So I'll give an extra star to allow for the fact that if I hadn't had my fill of domestic thriller/mummy drama titles I may have had more patience. But it's...not great.

It feels like an attempt at a Big Little Lies type story, but there really isn't any psychological thrill or twist so much as people's dumb decisions, nosey behaviour, and failed communication eventually catching up with them.

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
Susan Hampson
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
When a new Sports Club opens that promotes family health and well being it soon becomes to place to join for the local yuppy families in the area. Somewhere for the kids to get a fitness routine in their lives from an early age while parents go to their classes or chill out at the centre catching up on gossip.
Since a small group of local friends all had babies about the same time, they had all kept in touch with the exception of one, Ella, she had just disappeared and now Sarah had caught a
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this via pigeonhole and unfortunately it did not float my boat. The characters weren’t empty remotely like able, the plot was tedious and reading it felt like a chore to me. Others on the app seemed to engage better with it.
Megh Mcconnell
The Fallout was an entertaining page-turner, full of drama. It's like if Desperate Housewives had been created after the invention of WhatsApp, and mashed up with Mean Girls and Bad Moms - definitely the same kind of elements of drama, mysteries, secrets, and lies that snowball out of control,. Not as much comedy as in those stories, but definitely a little bit of satire.

To sum up, Sarah tells a lie, there's an accident, her best friend Liza's child is hurt, and The Fallout is about the
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
Miss R
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Bekah B
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fallout shows us how friendships can be destroyed by one little lie. How good intentions can go horribly wrong. And how people can get hurt without us meaning it to happen.
The story basically is that two Mums are out with their kids, one kid has an accident and is badly hurt. So nothing crazy there right? However, the twists, secrets and white lies that ensue between several people just build what was a horrific accident into an insane huge drama!
Right from the start I loved both the main
Alison Bradbury
Liza, Sarah and Ella met when they were pregnant. Ella stepped away from the group after she had her baby but Liza and Sarah remained close friends. Five years later Liza and Sarah are with their children at the local sports club enjoying some relaxation when Ella crosses their paths once more. Mystery surrounds why she stepped away from them all those years ago and Sarah is intrigued - specially when she catches sight of the cryptic message on Ella's phone. Distracted from checking on Liza's ...more
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Kate Southey
I enjoyed this novel though at times my head was swimming trying to hold all the ‘clues’ that each character was giving us.
I do admit though that the main premise of the book; that Sarah didn’t check on Liza’s son was completely alien to me. Jack was 5 years old, not 2. He should have been safe in a playground without being checked on in the situation described where it was in a contained setting within a health club. Imagining this scenario in my area with the mothers I’m friends with, it just
Dec 14, 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
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah and Liza are best friends who have seen each other through thick and thin. When Ella - a glamorous and mysterious mama arrives back on the scene, Sarah is distracted from watching Liza's little boy who falls from a pole and injures himself seriously.

What ensues is middle class hysteria. Every character has an issue and a secret and every communication is disingenuous or misunderstood. The two main mums are fraught the whole way through the book, which means that the tension doesn't let up
Sue K
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
A dynamic, engaging story that quivers with tension and edginess.

The theme of this contemporary thriller is motherhood and the thing that stands out for me in The Fallout by Rebecca Thornton is the author's engaging writing-style, along with her wonderful characterisation and the tautly written narrative. The story itself is powerful, along with the usual tropes of secrets and lies and the voluminous resulting consequences, but so are the (terribly unlikable) characters who effortlessly lift
Angela  Mellor
The Fallout was a playground drama that didn’t quite do it for me.
Liza and Sarah are friends since anti natal classes, getting on well , same sense of humour and same playground bitchiness! The trouble starts when Liza who is busy with her young daughter asks Sarah to check on her son, who is playing in the children’s play area at the local gym. Sarah is side tracked by another mum she hasn’t seen in ages and forgets to properly look for Liza’s son this resulting with him having a bad accident,
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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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