Published by Allen & Unwin on 2010-01-01
Genres: contemporary, fiction
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The story of a friendship between two couples - and an affair that blows their worlds apart. Two married couples: Kate and Cary, Cressida and Luke. Four people who meet, click, and become firm friends. But then Kate and Luke discover a growing attraction, which becomes an obsession. They fall in love, then fall into an affair. It blows their worlds apart. After the fall, nothing will ever be the same again.
I love a story with realistic characters with depth and complex personalities and I think that’s what appealed to me most with this novel. Each of the characters has flaws and strengths that are clearly shown as the story develops.
I enjoyed that with the multi-perspective narration I was able to see into what each character was thinking and what influenced their decisions, especially when some of those decisions seemed so misguided or ill-conceived. Insight into how each character was influenced by their past and their personality kept me turning pages as I waited for them to have moments of revelation or for other characters to realise what was happening around them.
There are no easy answers or solutions when relationships go wrong and betrayal occurs and I appreciated that the novel didn’t finish with everyone’s story tied up in a neat bow. Life is messy and the conclusion of the novel worked for me particularly because it was so true to life.
I bought a my copy of After the Fall after ‘meeting’ the author on Twitter, perhaps demonstrating my own rather pathetic need to establish a connection with celebrity, no matter how tenuous (my connection, that is, not Kylie Ladd’s celebrity status). I’m so glad that I did, as I really enjoyed reading this book and have recommended it to others. I’m excited to hear that Kylie has a second novel due for release in early 2011 and as soon as she announces the title, I’ll be adding it to my TBR list.
If you haven’t read After the Fall yet, you really should pick up a copy. Go on. Off you go. I’ll wait here ‘til you get back. 🙂by