The Shock Of The Fall By Nathan Filer | Book Review

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“Some madness doesn’t act mad to begin with, sometimes it will knock politely at the door, and when you let it in, it’ll simply sit in the corner without a fuss – and grow.”

This book follows the story of a young boy named Mathew Homes. At the beginning of the book, he tells us the incident that caused the death of his older brother Simon. He is nineteen years old now, and he still blames himself for what happened to his brother when they were kids. Those guilty thoughts triggered his mental illness, and now he is a patient at a psychiatric hospital. However, at the end of the book Mathew reveals to us in details, what exactly happened in the night of his brother’s death.

Trust me when I tell you that I’m so tempted to talk about the book more, but I don’t want my review to be full of spoilers, because some of you haven’t read the book yet. I honestly picked up this book at the bookstore, with no idea of what it was about. When I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. Let’s talk about Mathew. Since the death of his brother, he has suffered from schizophrenia, and because of that, his mental health has gotten worse. So, he decides to write about his life every day, in his typewriter. I think that’s what made the book unique and gripping. It’s like you’re inside the character’s mind, and you’re experiencing the whole journey with him. I loved the relationship between Mathew and his grandmother. She was so nice to him and considerate to Mathew’s struggle with accepting the death of his brother. Some parts of the book were so deep and heartbreaking. Especially with Mathew. He was trying to depend on himself by living in a new apartment, working, and dealing with his illness at the same time, which felt overwhelming. There’s something special about reading someone’s life from their own words. It’s so engaging. All I can say is that the book certainly lived up to its hype. A heartfelt story about family, grief, death, and mental illness. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

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The Girl On The Train By Paula Hawkins| Book Review

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“But then I think, this happens sometimes, doesn’t it? People you have a history with, they won’t let you go, and as hard as you might try, you can’t disentangle yourself, can’t set yourself free. Maybe after a while you just stop trying.”

The story begins with Rachel. An alcoholic, divorced woman. Every day, Rachel takes the same train to London in the morning, and she passes by different houses. There’s one house in particular that interests her. She always sees those married couple in the morning talking or having their cup of coffee together inside, and she calls them Jess and Jason, because she doesn’t really know them in person. She created a perfect image of their lives in her head. Jess is pretty, smart, and she probably works in some company. Jason is handsome, strong, and he’s not at home that often, so his work probably includes so much traveling. One morning, when the train passed by Jess and Jason’s house, she noticed something disturbing and she couldn’t really wrap her head about the situation. After a couple of days, Jess went missing, so Rachel felt so desperate and got herself involved in the investigation case, because she thought what she knew, would actually help the detectives to draw some clues and find her. However, Rachel’s involvement will turn her life upside down, and change the way she thought about her ex husband.

I have got to say that Bookstagram made me read it, because it was everywhere. So I had to buy it. I kept my expectations low, to not feel disappointed. And guess what! I didn’t! The concept of the book is really intriguing and mysterious. I also like the fact that the book is told through three women’s points of view, which is interesting. Because, as a reader, you get to know how the characters think, and understand their motives. I really didn’t know how to feel about Rachel. Sometimes, I hated how annoying she was. Other times, I sympathized with her. She’s such a confusing character. You just don’t know whether to hate her or like her. However, the end was really flat, I just expected more out of it. Despite the end, it’s still a brilliantly written book. I know that there’s a movie adaptation of the book, but, I don’t know whether to watch it or not. I know this sounds weird, but reading psychological thriller books is more interesting than watching thriller movies. I Highly recommend reading The Girl On The Train, it will keep you on the edge of your seat.