I’d heard so many positive things about this book, so when I was trawling through my bookshelf trying to decide what to read next, it seemed like the obvious choice. Written by Nathan Filer, The Shock of the Fall kept me up until 3am – and anything that I choose to do over sleep must be good.

The book deals with some hard hitting stuff to be honest, including grief, death and mental illness, but personally, that’s a real selling point. It’s honest, raw, and stirred up a lot of feelings for me; all the things that I believe a good book should do. I’m not even ashamed to admit that only 20 pages in I had to take a break and curl up and cry before I could compose myself to keep reading - a testament to how well Filer writes grief and loss.

Despite being reduced to tears so early on, I wasn’t put off. I was still desperate to keep reading, desperate to know what happened, drawn in by the relatable characters and easy writing style. I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone who hasn’t read it yet, so I won’t divulge too much of the plot, but to me it felt to be one of those books where nothing and everything happens all at once, tackling the ambiguity around mental health and loss so well that you can’t help but want to keep reading. 

I feel as though I’ve made the book out to be really depressing – it isn’t at all. Yes, it may focus on some not so cheery subjects, but after I put it down, I didn’t feel like crying anymore. I felt at peace, I felt proud of the characters, I felt like it was right – it really does do justice to the process of grief, of healing and of carrying on with life. It’s fascinating, thought provoking and very poignant, and I can’t imagine being able to get it out my head for a long time to come.


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