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3.26  ·  Rating details ·  301 ratings  ·  130 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 friends little boy, distraction turns to disaster. And shes 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
Paperback, 432 pages
Expected publication: April 2nd 2020 by HarperCollins UK
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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 hasnt seen since their antenatal clinic and tells Liza she checked up on Jack when she didnt.
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Everyone looks the same here. Block-printed athleisure-wear leggings with Olivia Cunningham's brand new Motherhood Mania clothing-line tops. Brightly coloured slogan tees - 'Mother's Little Helper' - complete with lozenge shaped pills underneath. She jolts when she realizes she can't see Casper, his blond bowl haircut flying up and down as he leaps from level to level, before she remembers he's safely ensconced in his Champions Forever tennis lesson.

'See her now?' says Liza. 'It's a
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ones 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 decides 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, often
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
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 didnt feel anything relate able with them and maybe thats a good thing. I dont 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
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
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
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
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 Lizas five-year old son, Jack, at the centres play area.

The Fallout contains plenty of angst,
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
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What would you do if your five-year-old son fell and got injured on your watch. Your best friend tells you they checked on him before the accident happens. He was safe and happy. You would trust that, wouldnt you? The Fallout examines the chain of events this accident triggers; they are catastrophic, and no ones lives will ever be the same again. Friendships should be filled with trust and compassion to what ends will the threads that hold them together snap. The Fallout examines the confines ...more
Fay Flude
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Melanie’s reads
Im still debating what star rating to give this book as its 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 shes not without issues either).

Sarah the protagonist was annoying, insecure, fragile and seriously needs to work on getting her brain in gear before
Susan Hampson
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
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.

Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I read this via pigeonhole and unfortunately it did not float my boat. The characters werent 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. ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the third thriller novel by Rebecca Thornton and it was enjoyable.

It's about a friendship of two women but one of them has a secret she isn't telling the other one.

It sounded interesting when I first requested this and it was. It went on about too long though.

It was a good read that will keep you busy for a couple of hours
Bekah B
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
What a fascinating tale this was! Well written story interspersed with whatsapp groups and the vitriol that splintered groups can pour on others. To their faces these yummy mummies are supportive and friendly but within this group are the haves and the have mores and with that jealousy is rampant. Also there are the interviews that a journalist is amassing about the Club that has opened for these non-working mothers to bring their children to to play while they exercise or just sit and drink ...more
Lisa Jeffers
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was very intrigued by the synopsis of this book but unfortunately it didnt live up to expectations.
I found the friendships odd, the characters annoying and the whole book made me feel soooo frustrated! It constantly eluded to things which werent explained properly and were then quickly glossed over at the end... eg/ at the start of the story Sarah sees a message on Ellas phone. This is brought up within the story multiple times but we never find out WHAT the message actually said!
I finished
Pam Chantrell
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
This was an engrossing read because, as a parent, I too confess to asking a friend to check in on my child in a "safe" environment while I just sit for a second. Unfortunately for Sarah not being proactive in doing so has sad consequences for Jack,
I found the character of Ella confusing so this lost it a star for me. She didn't always add too much to the story but there did need to be a third character in the best friend pair to move the story along. I got frustrated at Sarah's reactions and
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Liza and Sarah are at the health club. While Sarah's son is doing a class, Liza's son Jack goes to the play area while the ladies have a coffee in the club house. Distracted by seeing Ella who used to be in their NCT class, they forget to watch Jack who has an accident. The story follows what happens next.
In the main, I liked this story. The characters were believable and rounded. The playground politics, spot on. However, I got a bit annoyed with Sarah and her obsession with Ella. What was all
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
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
The story itself was really good, and although we as the reader don't get given all the information up front, it was still really easy to follow.

There was a good mix of suspense and trying to solve the mystery. The way the novel and character perspectives were split up by articles / interviews relating to the story was a really clever way to allow the reader to know more information, without it needing to come from any of the main characters.

The characters within the book seem relatable and
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an unbiased, honest review. All opinions are my own.

Firstly, this wasn't exactly a thriller it was more of a yummy mummy drama, it made me think of one of those housewives of... series.

While it was well written and somewhat engaging, I really disliked the main characters and as such found it difficult to emphasise with them. The events in the book were a little too unbelievable for my taste and I'm not sure that the inclusion of
Maureen Moyes
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a brilliantly written book which had me gripped and one I would normally have binged on and read in a single day however I was reading this on ThePigeonhole app which meant that I was only permitted access to one instalment per day over ten days. That was hard!

The author has expertly given us a story told from various perspectives, including twitter and WhatsApp messages. It is an interesting insight into motherhood, secrets, relationships, friendship and shows we never know what is
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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 shes 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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