How to Fall, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)

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When fifteen-year-old Freya drowns, everyone assumes she's killed herself, but no-one knows why.

Her cousin, Jess Tennant, thinks she was murdered - and is determined to uncover the truth.

On a summer visit to sleepy Port Sentinel, Jess (who bears a striking resemblance to her dead cousin) starts asking questions - questions that provoke strong reactions from her friends and family, not to mention Freya's enemies.

Everyone is hiding something - and Freya herself had more than her fair share of secrets.

Can Jess unravel the mystery of her cousin's death? A mystery involving a silver locket, seething jealousy and a cliff-top in the pitch black of night?

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When fifteen-year-old Freya drowns, everyone assumes she's killed herself, but no-one knows why. Her cousin, Jess Tennant, thinks she was murdered - and is determined to uncover the truth. On a summer visit to sleepy Port Sentinel, Jess (who bears a striking resemblance to her dead cousin) starts asking questions - questions that provoke strong reactions from her friends and family, not to mention Freya's enemies.Everyone is hiding something - and Freya herself had more than her fair share of secrets. Can Jess unravel the mystery of her cousin's death? A mystery involving a silver locket, seething jealousy and a cliff-top in the pitch black of night?My Thoughts:I didn’t realise that this book is for the teenage market. However it didn’t really matter and the story was an ok thriller.The difference between it being for teenagers and adults is that there was no swearing. The violence was very mild and the love interst was sugary. No sex only kissing. Reading the book these points made me realise it is a book for the teens.Jess Tennant I can see in further books as a modern day Nancy Drew and I don’t think that I would seek out further books but I will seek out the adult books by Jane casey as she is good thriller writer.A quick ok thriller to spend reading on a Sunday afternoon.

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_How To Fall_ is British mystery writer Jane Casey's foray into young-adult lit. Her protagonist, Jess Tennant, is a 16-year-old who's been dragged to her mother's small hometown on the Devon coast for the summer. Jess' mother and her identical twin sister, Tilly, had a falling out years ago, and Jess has never met this branch of her family. And they aren't arriving at the optimal time: just a year earlier, Tilly's teenage daughter, Freya, died after falling from the local cliffs. Or was she pushed? A year later, the question of whether Freya's death was suicide, murder, or accident is still very unresolved.To make matters more complicated, Jess is, apparently, a dead ringer (pun intended) for her cousin Freya. She freaks out everyone in town on her arrival, though apparently she only looks like Freya: personality-wise, she's Freya's exact opposite: bold, assertive, and verbal to Freya's passive, artsy persona. If anything, Casey works too hard to establish these differences between the cousins…I like my female detectives sassy, but Jess is all hard edges and bravado. There's very little here that shows her vulnerability or uncertainty, which gets in the way of her becoming a well-developed, sympathetic character. Apparently this is the first in a planned series of novels about Jess Tennant, girl detective, which explains why so many pieces of background information are dropped in without being developed: what's the story with Jess' absent Dad? Why does her mother want to go home now, anyway? Is the town cop a good guy or a bad guy? There are some holes in the plot, too, and in general, the resolution of the mystery feels unsatisfying, largely because Jess turns out to have been wrong about many things, but never admits to it. Granted, that may be par for the course for teen behavior, but it doesn't establish her as a particularly smart or reflective detective figure.I loved the first book of Casey's adult detective series featuring DC Maeve Kerrigan…but so far, Jess is no Maeve. I hope that future books in the series complicate and deepen Jess' character.[NOTE: I received this book as a free eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

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