And Then She Fell is an emotional and captivating story. A year on from her daughter’s tragic death, Catherine is convinced there’s more to the story. As she probes, following in her daughter’s footsteps and talking to the people she knew, Catherine learns a lot about Susie, with plenty of surprises.
This book is a real page-turner. At the start, you think you’ve got a good idea what happened. But like Catherine, everything you learn unravels the story more. Is Catherine merely overanalysing a simple, tragic accident? Is she being protected from things Susie didn’t want her to know, or are people hiding the truth from her?
The first person narration is effective here – the story is told as Catherine talking to Susie, so we already know she is shaping the narrative to what she would want Susie to know and think. And interspersed are retellings of the moments leading up to Susie’s death, each presented in third person and as if this one must be the truth, but each undermined by the next.
This is a five star book for me! I couldn’t put it down, I was squeezing in a chapter on the bus to try and find out what would happen next. I’d recommend it to fans of mysteries and psychological thrillers!