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After the Fall

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  699 ratings  ·  112 reviews
“That’s the thing about falling. It doesn’t go on indefinitely, and it rarely ends well...”

In her page-turning fiction debut, neuropsychologist Kylie Ladd delivers a searing portrait of two marriages united and betrayed by friendship.

“I had been married three years when I fell in love,” begins Kate, a firecracker of a woman who thought she’d found the yin to her yang in
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jul 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, australian
idk how Australians even have time for infidelity what with all the deadly spiders they have down there
Chris Howe
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
OK, I gotta admit right up front that Kylie’s book does not fall into what would traditionally be on my ‘must-read radar’. Or of any of my read radars. For starters: no Nazis. No car chases. Not even a gun. I mean, no guns WTF? All good writers when they sit down at their desks should think “What would Matthew Reilly do?”. When stuff gets interesting she doesn't use italics to let her readers know. Again, Mr Best-Cussing-Seller Reilly does that.

That said, it’s not shit at all.

In fact, it was a
Mary Elizabeth
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I don't think I could look my husband in the eye for at least an hour after i read this one and I didn't even do it!!!

A book told for many different point of views: a wife cheats on her husband, a husband chests on his wife, and it devastates everyone.

I read this one in about a day and a half, unable to put it down once I got wrapped in the scandal of Kate and Luke. My heart was literally pounding, wondering why they would do it and how they would make it out the other side in one piece. You
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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James Tierney
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the Fall's narrative cycles almost entirely around the voices of four people, two couples. Kate & Cary, Cressida & Luke.
Initially friends, a mad insistent need draws Kate and Luke out of companionship into infidelity.

Displaying remarkable skill, Kylie Ladd has a different character narrate each chapter, intensifying a reader's reaction to each, as well as managing to weave the plot beautifully amongst the perspectives.

This close ear to each character's voice is key as it draws on
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Apr 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a thought provoking exploration of an affair without judgement and almost brutal honesty. The author manages to suspend moral judgement without sacrificing empathy. It's not an easy subject to read about and may be too raw for someone who has had a similar experience but the honesty is refreshing.
The author uses alternating first person of the adulterers, their partners and friends with distinct voices. Each of the characters are well developed and the transition between perspectives is
Rich Stoehr
May 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-vine
I was surprised, while reading Kylie Ladd's debut novel After the Fall, by just how completely I was drawn in. With hints and suggestions and teases I fell into this story. Its not an easy subject to tackle, but Ladd does so with admirable honesty and with a compelling narrative line from beginning to end.

The subject of After the Fall is adultery - or on a broader scale, the ebb and flow of intimate relationships, marriages, and love. Conventional wisdom would say that in such a story (as in
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
The theme of infidelity is nothing new.

Two married couples, Cary and Kate, and Luke and Cressida, are friends who socialize together quite often. Cary is a doctor who desperately wants children. Kate, an anthropologist, is an outgoing, flirty girl. Luke, an advertising exec, is a man every woman is after and who likes to have fun, and Cressida, a pediatrician, who is more dedicated to her patients than to her personal life. A couple of years into their respective marriages, Luke and Kate start
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Sep 14, 2013 added it
I read the book some time ago but I had such strong feelings towards it that I kind of buried it under other books. It’s a riveting book alright, but I don’t know if I liked it or not. Baldly stated, it’s a story of extra marital relationship, which is common enough, but it has been told in a different way, which makes it pretty interesting. The four protagonists tell their stories from their own perspectives, stories that interlink them to one another four by threads of marriage, desire, ...more
Jessica Smith-harper
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Oh, the tangled seaweed drowning of affairs. This book does, as promised, capture the "origin and fallout" of the affair that destroys two marriages, and does it beautifully. My complaint is this: the entire novel, though broken into chapters from the viewpoints of various characters, reads like Kate. The multiple voices effect only works if you can feel - not just read - every heart. And I could only feel Kate's. This book would lose none of the plot and probably gain in the characterization ...more
Apr 30, 2010 rated it liked it
I actually gave this one 3 1/2 stars.
This book was like sitting in a conseling session or a True Hollywood Story. Each of the characters would present their takes on the friendship that the two couples had before the affair, the events of the affair, and the aftermath. I got a good idea of the character's personalities from their stories and the stories from the other characters. It was interesting to see how it all ended and how all of their lives were affected and how they chose to deal with
Georgiann Hennelly
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a thought provoking exploration of an affair witout judgement and almost brutal honesty. The characters are very normal the adulterers aren,t uncaring villians, their partners are not saints. Its not an easy subject to read about and some may be offended by it but i found it to be a story without judgement and almost brutal honesty.I usually don,t read these types of stories but the book was loaned to me by a friend and i was really surprised that i enjoyed it.
May 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Truly couldn't put this down. Loved the multiple narrators, loved how you got inside all their head and lives, loved the way the story unfolded, and how the same events were viewed so differently by each. A great read.
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this. Days after finishing, the characters still keep popping into my head especially Kate. Poor Kate. I somehow have great empathy for her even though I know I shouldn't.
Lisa Heidke
May 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excellent debut novel by Australian author Kylie Ladd. Loved the premise of the story. Was intrigued to find out what would happen next. Definitely recommend it!
Fleur McDonald
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful book - a page turner.
Bree T
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
fter the Fall is the story of two couples, Kate & Cary, Luke & Cressida. Cary and Cressida work together, so the two couples meet through that and become good friends. They are all at a wedding when suave, good-looking Luke sees Kate standing off to the side, staring longingly at the dance floor. Cary, who doesn’t dance, is outside, trying to escape the possibility of having to. Cressida is in the bathroom, so Luke asks Kate to dance. It is an innocent act that will quickly become not-so ...more
Emma Balkin
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
Kylie Ladd has skilfully explored various perspectives on an affair in this novel. Very readable and the alternating perspectives added depth to the story. A book about a villain or antihero, a book with song lyrics in the title, a book from a celebrity book club, a book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to.
Kaitlyn Vaden
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall, a well-done but super depressing book. Would not read again, but the characters were greatly structured and the story held a lot of truth.
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well as usual a great story from Kylie Ladd. Lots of characters but easy to read as each chapter is dedicated to a character.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book more then I expected. Started slow and confusing but it was very realistic and the different points of view made me think about different approach to the same subject.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
I don't see the relevance of this book. So full of lies and fidelity. There's nothing good here. Just a story of two people who badly hurt their respectful spouses just because of lust and selfishness.
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Cecily Bonney
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Wow! Wow!
That is the only word that I can form now, I think I need a minute.
I was and still am beyond pissed at Luke and Kate for everything that they have done. I mean Luke is a prick who thinks he is God's gift to women and has a gorgeous wife. While she is in the hospital trying to save children from cancer he is out playing golf or going to the pub after work.
Then there is Kate who openly flirts with anyone out in public, even if her husband is there. Ugh...and her husband Carey is as
Dani Peloquin
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Next month, Kylie Ladd’s first novel titled After the Fall will hit bookstores and libraries. Of all the pre-release novels that I have read, I have to say that I was most disappointed in this one. Perhaps some of the fault lies in the fact that it is Ladd’s debut novel, and therefore needs some more polishing. However, there is no escaping the fact that the novel is (overall) weak.

The plot is extremely simple and one that has been used any times before in movies, books, plays, tv shows, etc:
I’m not a romantic, but I do like to hear the stories of how couples met. I always ask this question when I am introduced to someone recently widowed: it breaks that awkward silence, and I have never met a woman in this situation who hasn’t been pleased to ‘have permission’ to talk about her loved one. ‘Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that,’ I say,’ what was his name? Tell me about him … how did you meet?’

Sometimes it’s a story of love at first sight, sometimes there are stumbles and misunderstandings,
Aug 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
After the Fall by Kylie Ladd
This is very different from the books I usually read, but I decided to give it a try since it was written by a psychotherapist. I am in a long time monogamous marriage, but I know several couples who have had the "best friends romance" happen to them. I am always curious as to why people would endanger a good marriage to a sexual fling.I am not sure I understand it better after reading this book. It seems it just happens, I do feel that Kate was not necessarily going
Aug 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
"After the Fall" tells the story on an affair from rotating first-person perspectives from each of the players involved in the story. It's an interesting hook and conceit for the story and it almost feels a bit voyeuristic as we get inside the heads of each person involved in the affair.

Luke and Kate are married to other people--Cressida and Cary. The two couples maintain a friendship, hanging out together, taking vacations together, etc. Luke and Kate are extremely outgoing while Cressida and
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
An excellent first novel (I think it is a first) from an Australian author who brings to life four characters embroiled in two marriages that intersect first in friendship, then in infidelity. An affair between Luke, married to Cressida, and Kate, married to Cary, impacts the lives of all four, as affairs are wont to do.

Kylie Ladd alternates voices between the main characters, each voice carrying the story forward as the friendship between the couples devolves into deceit. I adored these
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Kylie Ladd is a novelist and freelance writer. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Age, Griffith Review, O Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Medicine, Kill Your Darlings, The Hoopla and MamaMia, among others. Kylie's first novel, After the Fall , was published in Australia, the US and Turkey, while her second, Last Summer, was highly commended in the 2011 Federation of Australian ...more
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“Oh, I already loved my husband, of course, but this was different. That had been a decision; this was out of my control, an impulse as difficult to resist as gravity. Mad love, crazy love, drop, sink, stumble. The kind of love where every little thing is a sign, a portent: the song on the radio, his Christian name staring up at you from a magazine you’re flicking through, your horoscope in the paper. Normally I don’t even believe in horoscopes, for God’s sake. Love without holes or patches or compromises, soft as an easy chair, a many splendoured thing.” 3 likes
“Loving and losing. They’re such similar words.” 3 likes
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