The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

The Shock of the FallThe Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I admit it: I bought this book because I liked the front cover. It happens. Publishers still rely on this to work. Some of the best books I have ever read I bought because they looked nice. Needless to say, with so much success, why should I ever change my book buying strategy?

That being said, this book is brilliant. It follows the first person narrative of Matthew Homes, a 19 year-old schizophrenic who hears the voice of his dead brother, Simon. The blurb on the back really gives nothing away but it does make you want to start reading.

It’s very easy to read in the language used but because of the mental illness suffered by Matthew, it does wander around quite convincingly. It takes you a couple of seconds to realise where in the story you are and this might put some people off. I thought it was excellent because of the very realistic way the ideas tumbled out of Matthew’s head.

It’s a story of sadness, guilt and life. It did make me cry because this is a story of trying to move on. Poignant, witty and well written, this is great book that will live with you for a long time.

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