Title: They All Fall Down
Author: Tammy Cohen
Publish Date: March 6, 2018
# of Pages: 384
(From Goodreads) Hannah had a perfect life in London—a loving husband, a great job—until she did something shocking. Something that she doesn’t quite understand herself; and now she has landed herself in a high-risk psychiatric unit.
Since Hannah has been admitted, two women have died, including Charlie, one of her closest friends in the institution. It’s a high-risk unit, the authorities say. Deaths happen. But Hannah knows Charlie wouldn’t have killed herself. She is convinced there’s a serial killer picking off the patients one by one, passing their deaths off as suicides. But why? And who will believe her?
Corinne, Hannah’s mother, is worried sick about her eldest daughter. She hates that she’s ended up in the unit, though she knows it’s the best place for her to get the treatment she needs. At first, Corinne assumes Hannah’s outlandish claims about a killer in the unit are just another manifestation of her psychological condition, but as she starts to uncover strange inconsistencies surrounding the unit’s charismatic director, Dr. Roberts, she begins to wonder if her daughter might have stumbled upon the truth.
But who can Corinne trust, when she doesn’t even trust her own daughter?
Rating (1-10, 10 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 7
Pace – 7
Plot Development – 7
Ending – 9
Characters – 6
Enjoyability – 8
Ease of Reading – 8
Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
They All Fall Down is a psychological thriller where people aren’t always what they seem, and you can’t help but be suspicious of every character.
They All Fall Down was well-written and artfully executed. This book is a quick read—I couldn’t put it down and would have consumed it in one sitting, had I the time to do so.
In They All Fall Down, two girls commit suicide, but Hannah refuses to believe these were suicides and firmly believes murder is afoot. The plot is thick with intrigue, and you get lost in a series of dead-ends as you try to figure out who’s masterminding the events. Since the book is primarily set in a mental institution, you’re constantly weighing “is this real, or is this paranoia?” Until the end, you never really know if the girls were murdered or if they committed suicide.
I liked that the book is told from multiple perspectives. You get to follow Hannah, her mother Corinne, and Laura, Hannah’s art therapist. The transitions between the different perspectives was smooth and added to the suspense of the novel. Often the perspective would change just as something pivotal was about to be revealed. I liked this style and thought it really added to the nail-biting moments of this book.
I absolutely loved the ending! There was a plot twist followed by a plot twist, wrapped up in a plot twist. Seriously, the ending is twisty!
The characters in this book are good, but I would have liked to see more character depth. With Laura and Hannah especially, I would have liked to have gone in deeper. They’re such interesting characters, and I couldn’t help but wanting to know more, more, more. The secondary characters received more of a cursory treatment, but I think it worked for how the story unfolded.
Overall, if you like thrillers, this book is worth the read. I enjoyed my time with it.
Thank you to NetGalley for providing the Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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