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The Fallout

3.14  ·  Rating details ·  725 ratings  ·  203 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 afte
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 2nd 2020 by HarperCollins UK
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May 10, 2020 rated it liked it
A single second has huge ramifications for a group of West London mums as young Jack playing at the new health club falls and is hospitalized instantly.

But who's to blame?
Jack's Mum Liza's had asked her friend Sarah to keep an eye on her son, soon after tragedy strikes.

The story flairs numerous rumours including the club itself is thrown under the spotlight.
The narrative relies heavily on that thrill of a bit of gossip in an active WhatsApp group and local online forums as the finger of blame sp
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 go
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. Unfor
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
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 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, ofte
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
Two stars for a distinctive lack of storyline and a main character that should never have found herself in the position she was in. Too many ‘yummy mummy’s’ with over inflated egos that I found irritating and not true to life. However, I would give this story three stars for the many subject themes that were tackled, surrounding post partum depression, ptsd, toxic friendships and long buried secrets. I did read from start to finish to see where the story went and although very well written I did ...more
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.
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE 2020 #13: A book you picked because the title caught your attention.

Secrets, lies, gossip, guilt and modern parenting defines the third novel from Rebecca Thornton. The Fallout is a domestic fiction title with a strong contemporary line, the premise of this novel immediately draws the reader in. Filled with plenty of emotional drama and speculation, it is hard not to cast judgement on the central characters of The Fallout.

When we b
Rachel Hall
May 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
The novel equivalent of a storm in a teacup. A school gates drama of West London yummy mummies with too much time on their hands, characters who can’t say what they mean or ever talk honestly and about twenty ongoing (utterly banal) WhatsApp group conversations.

Reading the author’s inspiration for the story (below) should tell readers all they need to know about this novel and illustrate that the main plot point is itself rather a non-event. Even with the sub-plot of one characters obsession wi
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
So this might sound a bit harsh but after reading The Fallout, I was overtaken by the immense satisfaction that I don't have kids. A new prestigious club called The Vale has opened up in London. It is a place where parents can exercise and socialize while the kids play. Sarah and Liza have been friends for years. One day while at The Vale, Liza asks Sarah to check on her son. However, Sarah runs into an individual, Ella, who was once part of the friend group but who mysteriously ghosted everyone ...more
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.
Renita D'Silva
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Could not warm to Sarah at 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 n
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 s ...more
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 glamor
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 be
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 an
The Coycaterpillar Reads
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, wouldn’t you? The Fallout examines the chain of events this accident triggers; they are catastrophic, and no one’s 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
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Ok, so this is another one of those books that I enjoyed a lot at the start but started to get annoying as it progressed., and I have no idea how to review it. So, apologies in advance for this review that feels like its al over the place.

So, The Fallout was an interesting read and one that I did get through quite quickly considering it was a 400+ page book. While I thought this was a well written book with a somewhat engaging plot was interesting it did get to a point where I started to lose a
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
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 the
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, read-2019
I was really drawn to this book as soon as I read the synopsis and it didn’t let me down! The Fallout is a book about toxic friendships and I love that in a novel! An accident happens at the local health club and the finger-pointing and covering of backs begins very quickly!

Liza is looking after her young baby as her older child is playing and she trusts her best friend Sarah to look over and check on him when she goes to get coffees. But whilst in the queue she bumps into an old acquaintance fr
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 glim
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 thi
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.

Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
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.
Apr 06, 2020 rated it liked it
As a mother of two young children. (A five year old daughter and a two year old son). I realise how true the saying "you need eyes in the back of your head" can be. Children don't see danger and are very willing to try new things despite the consequences that could ensue.
Now, if another parent puts me in charge of their child. Be it a couple of hours or even a few minutes. I become super vigilant and keep watch of that child at all times. However, I'm also just your run of the mill average huma
Jacob Collins
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Fallout is a compelling novel by Rebecca Thornton, a new author for me, and I will definitely be on the lookout for more books by her. I think I would describe her latest book as more of a slow-burner. We get to know a group of women who all chat with each other on a WhatsApp group, a group of young mums. The more we get to know them, the more Rebecca Thornton unpeels the layers, and we begin to see different people emerge. Rebecca then begins to explore how the very closest of friendships c ...more
Claire (c.isfor.claire_reads)
I found this a compelling read, and whilst I left the whole 'Mummy, School run, School gate' scenario behind many years ago, I found l could relate to aspects of the book.

For me it started as a slow burner, and I found on the whole the 'Mum' characters annoying but this didn't stop me from wanting to know more about them, their social dramas and secrets. I loved the sections of WhatsApp conversations of the various groups the mums belonged to, and it was these sections I wanted to read more of.
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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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