Google+ YA Romantics: Just Finished Reading ... Take the Fall by Emily Hainsworth

Monday, February 8, 2016

Just Finished Reading ... Take the Fall by Emily Hainsworth

Take the Fall
by Emily Hainsworth

To be published by Balzer + Bray
on February 16, 2016

Source: eARC for review from publisher
Synopsis from Goodreads: Fear grips the residents of Hidden Falls the night Sonia Feldman and her best friend, Gretchen Meyer, are attacked in the woods. Sonia was lucky to escape with her life, but Gretchen’s body is discovered at the bottom of a waterfall. Beautiful, popular, and seemingly untouchable, Gretchen can’t be gone. Even as Sonia struggles with guilt and confusion over having survived, the whole town is looking to her for information … could she have seen something that will lead the police to the killer? At the top of the list of suspects is Gretchen’s ex-boyfriend—and Sonia’s longtime enemy—Marcus Perez. So when Marcus comes to Sonia for help clearing his name, she agrees, hoping to find evidence the police need to prove he’s the killer. But as Gretchen’s many secrets emerge and the suspects add up, Sonia feels less sure of Marcus’s involvement, and more afraid for herself. Could Marcus, the artist, the screwup, the boy she might be falling for have attacked her? Killed her best friend? And if it wasn’t him in the woods that night…who could it have been?
My take:  At first, I was completely loving Take The Fall. It started off with a cool Veronica Mars kind of vibe -- a girl whose best friend is killed and who feels romantically drawn to one of the suspects (the victim's ex-boyfriend) in her murder.  Like Veronica, Sonia decides to figure out who killed her friend.

Sadly, I felt that the Veronica Mars comparison ended there. A well-crafted mystery should lead the reader on a journey in which they are allowed to size up all the possible suspects and are kept constantly guessing as to which one is the guilty party. After the initial set-up, I felt that the plot of Take The Fall just went around and around and around from suspect to suspect again and again -- the victim's boyfriend, sister, frenemy, secret boyfriend -- without really deepening my understanding of the crime, the victim or the suspects.

Then there was the ending. It is an ending some readers may enjoy, but I found it annoying. Click the button for my SPOILER-Y THOUGHTS on the book's resolution.

I think that an unreliable narrator in the first person is very hard to pull off unless the narrator is suffering from amnesia or memory loss. And I would call Sonia unreliable. She tells us one thing (that she wants to solve the murder) when that's not really true. While I wasn't entirely surprised by the twist -- because none of the other suspects were that compelling, my mind did begin to go in that direction - I really didn't love the lack of resolution at the end.

While this wasn't really the perfect fit for me, I'd recommend Take the Fall to readers who a) love unexpected endings and b)don't require romance in their books - at first it seemed this might have romance, but things didn't end up going that way, and I think that keeping romance out of this was the wisest choice.

14 comments:

  1. It sounds like a mystery done wrong but the unexpected ending caught my attention. The mixture of these two makes me want to doubt the ending.

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  2. I'm so tired of mysteries done wrong! I love the sound of it, but I'm not sure if I'll be reading it soon.
    Great review, Jen!

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    1. If you love the sound of it, try it! To me, it didn't really work as a mystery, but if you like unexpected endings, it might be for you.

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  3. Sorry, this sounds like the mystery was a bit of a disappointment. The ending sounds interesting as sometimes I like be thrown off in a surprise.
    Great review, Jen - thanks :)

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    1. It's hard to explain without spoilers. The ending was a surprise for sure!

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  4. I was pretty surprised by the twist, but I agree. I didn't see her as an unreliable narrator. Just withholding information.

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    1. BEWARE SPOILERY:

      Yeah, and I'm not sure that withholding information is fair in first person narration, especially when the book a mystery and the main character says she is trying to solve it. That didn't entirely sit well with me.

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  5. I do like surprise endings so I will have to keep this on my radar. Sorry it wasn't a better fit for you!

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  6. Hmm don't know about unexpected endings, but glad you at least enjoyed the beginning

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  7. I think this book is on my tbr. I like good mysteries... but you are right. its a journey to understand the victim, the crimes, and the suspects. I don't need the romance and I like out of nowhere what just happened endings... if they make sense. and I do need the journey.

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  8. Such a shame about this one! It sounds like it had such a promising beginning and it seemed like it was going to turn out to be something wonderful... and then it just spiraled downwards from there :(

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  9. Phew. This is one that I chose not to grab and now I'm so glad that I didn't. I have too many books to read to read one that might be so-so for me. Thanks for the review!

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