The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

The Shock of the Fall
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Such an engaging read, straight into my favourites for the year!

– This novel follows the story of a young man named Matthew. We are told of the tragic death of Matthew’s brother during childhood and how he blames himself for its occurrence. As the reader we are unsure as to whether Matthew is actually guilty of the death of his brother or whether it was just a tragic accident. Nearer the end of the novel we discover the real story as to how his brother died.

– The other vital element to this novel is that not only does Matthew blame himself, but he is also slowly descending into schizophrenia. We watch as his mental health suffers under the pressure of the self-inflicted guilt surrounding his brothers death. Seeing Matthew grow throughout the novel was touching.

– For me, Matthews narrative voice was the best bit about this novel. I became really attached to him as a character and really wanted him to succeed in overcoming the struggles in his life. The flow of his words and the way they came off the page was fantastic and I became totally absorbed by his voice. If you like a book with a beautifully captivating protagonist – this may be the one for you!

– Nathan Filer, being a mental health nurse has quite obviously had a lot of experience within this field and from the writing you can see how much he has fully immersed himself in the characters and relationships. If you have any interest in mental health or specifically schizophrenia this is a must read!

– 5 out of 5 stars and I will definitely be picking up anything else from Filer in the future!


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