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The Way Things Fall

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  15 reviews
When Rachel, a successful art critic, attends an exhibition by an up-and-coming artist, she is unsettled by the eerie familiarity of his paintings. They bring to mind a tragic event from the past and a cowardly decision she made. As her relationship with the artist develops, she searches for a way to come to terms with this and is drawn back to a man she loved and worked w ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2020 by Blue Denim Press
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MissBecka Gee
The writing in this is impeccable!
She draws you in with beautiful descriptions in the very first chapter.
The story gets a bit bizarre and I was uncertain how it would all tie in.
If you can submit yourself to not understanding all the bits straight away, it's a lovely way to get lost.
I look forward to seeing anything else Ms. Torlée decides to write.
***Signed copy received from the author via Goodreads giveaway.***
Sep 19, 2020 added it
A great book that I had the pleasure of editing. I will leave other readers to write a review of this book, but I was intrigued by the premise, the characters, the weaving of the worldly with the other-worldly, the romantic and mysterious settings of Tuscany and Cairo, and the strong writing.
Josee Sigouin
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
At a time when travelling is severely curtailed, what better escape from Zoom and our four walls than reading a novel set in Cairo’s labyrinthine streets and Tuscany’s vast vistas?

Rachel Covelli is fresh out of university and lands an assignment from a Canadian museum that takes her to Egypt. Following a tip from an older, well-meaning friend, she knocks on Herr Karl Gustav’s door and unwittingly triggers a chain reaction that leads her on a wild and wonderful voyage of discovery, expands her ho
LD Terra
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are many elements that make this book about a woman called Rachel hard to put down - the vivid tapestries painted of Rachel's time in Cairo, the desert under the night sky and Italy, the intriguing mystique of the astrological story line that is woven into the recurring theme of fate and destiny, the well-defined characters, the love story, the constant tension as Rachel is tormented by the discoveries and decisions she makes. But what makes this book particularly worthwhile is the author' ...more
Gary Hesketh
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book that I had the pleasure of reading in an advance copy. The characters are well developed with interesting backgrounds weaving an intriguing story with many surprises along the way. The reader will undoubtedly, like myself, tap into the underlying reality that life and the people we meet along the way are all somehow tied together in impossible ways. Highly recommended for a good winter read beside a warm fireplace.
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Is there such a thing as coincidence or is everything that happens in our life driven by fate? And do our actions have consequences that irrevocably shape our fate? Liz Torlée explores these fundamental questions in “The Way Things Fall”.

Rachel Covilli, a successful art critic with an interest in Egyptology, travels to Cairo early in her career on a freelance project for a museum. There she meets and falls under the spell of astronomer Karl Gustav who introduces her to the ancient beliefs of the
Sophie O'Reilly
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Way Things Fall is one of the most enjoyable novels I have ever read (and that's coming from someone who has been reading novels for the last sixty years). It begins with a sense of foreboding that never lets up until the end. A real page turner! This novel has everything: mystery, mysticism, a powerful love triangle, exotic locales, and a riveting plot line. The three main characters, from three very different walks of life, are exceedingly well drawn--complicated yet magnetic. And the conc ...more
Di Cullen
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the perfect book for these times. By immersing yourself in it, you can travel to different places and find yourself in Cairo or in Tuscany or in Toronto. You can learn so much about art criticism, ancient astronomy, and the ways of the Egyptians. You can also contemplate whether there is such a thing as coincidence and the role of fate in our lives. All this is woven together with realistic characters with whom you can easily identify. Enjoy!
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it

The Way Things Fall by Liz Torlee c2020 as reviewed by Gail M. Murray
Torlee has crafted a contemporary novel that invites more questions than answers. Her fluid style carries the reader along as the drama unfolds mingling love, art, astrology and the mystical.
Shakespeare’s Hamlet says “There’s a divinity/destiny that shapes our ends/Rough-hew them as we will.” Torlee’s constant theme throughout asks is fate at play? What happens if we don’t pay attention? Should we embrace our fate? And what
Mark Green
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a copious reader I have had the opportunity to delve into a variety of genres from many authors , rarely has a novel transported me into the story as completely as this novel from Liz Torlee. The quality of the narrative and the vivid descriptions of the exotic locales are a rare treat. Things in this novel are not what they seem , and the twists and turns will make you quick to turn each page . A wonderful first novel , is there a sequel coming, I hope so.
Roger Dacre
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found this novel difficult to put down. It had an excellent plot. I am not into Cosmology or ancient Egyptian archeology but I really liked the way the detail about these topics was woven into the novel and having been to Egypt I felt transported back by the authentic descriptions and atmosphere conjured up. I have spent the night under the stars in the desert and this experience is captured in the novel. Toronto is obviously less exotic but has it's peculiar charms and these are brought out a ...more
John Bell
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Carefully Crafted, Unique in Plot, Deep in Character. In this debut novel, Liz Torlee paints a wonderful mosaic of challenged characters and conflicting cultures. For me, The Way Things Fall was a carefully constructed journey into a world of spiritual unfamiliarity. Delighted to have joined her on this journey.
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Filled with beautiful detail and elegant writing about worldly and otherworldly matters. Ms. Torlee leads you on a fascinating journey and keeps you engaged throughout. Hoping for more from her.
Tim Jones
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The influence of karma and atonement and how it may affect our lives is an intriguing concept and woven into a very thought provoking story. The author's description of the sights, sounds and even the smell of the countries in the narrative are wonderfully vivid and evocative. Even if you only have a passing interest in Egyptian mythology and astrology you will find this book a thoroughly enjoyable read which I highly recommend. ...more
Michelle Boone
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Liz Torlée really brings the landscapes and customs of the locations (Egypt, Tuscany, and Canada) visited in this novel to life. The reader also learns holistically, through the author’s well-developed characters, of the mysterious role of astrology and astronomy in Egyptian mythology.

I especially resonated with the vivid descriptions of life in the Italian countryside and the artistic struggles of the painter Steven. I particularly enjoyed the way Steven used his daily walks
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