Take The Fall
Author: Emily Hainsworth
Release Date: February 16th, 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Rating: 4.5 Birds
WHO KILLED GRETCHEN MEYER?
Fear grips the residents of Hidden Falls the night Sonia Feldman and her best friend, Gretchen Meyer, are attacked in the woods. Sonia was lucky to escape with her life, but Gretchen’s body is discovered at the bottom of a waterfall. Beautiful, popular, and seemingly untouchable, Gretchen can’t be gone. Even as Sonia struggles with guilt and confusion over having survived, the whole town is looking to her for information…could she have seen something that will lead the police to the killer?
At the top of the list of suspects is Gretchen’s ex-boyfriend—and Sonia’s longtime enemy—Marcus Perez. So when Marcus comes to Sonia for help clearing his name, she agrees, hoping to find evidence the police need to prove he’s the killer. But as Gretchen’s many secrets emerge and the suspects add up, Sonia feels less sure of Marcus’s involvement, and more afraid for herself. Could Marcus, the artist, the screwup, the boy she might be falling for have attacked her? Killed her best friend? And if it wasn’t him in the woods that night…who could it have been?
Mystery/Thrillers have become my guilty pleasure in the past several months. I find myself passing over fantasy and paranormal titles for the contemporary titles filled with death, betrayal and things that, if you think about it, really could happen. I’m really glad that TAKE THE FALL was one of the books that found me.
Hainsworth will easily captivate you with her twisty, doubt filled, terror endued tale and stake her claim on you with the simplest of dialogue. For instance, going over my highlights from the title I found that what stood out the most to me were quotes about being sick and opening combination locks. I’m not even kidding.
The book opens with Sonia running for her life from an attacker, your heart will be pounding out of your chest from the first page. Nothing like a little chase induced fear to get you sucked into a book, I always say.
TAKE THE FALL has all the things I look for in a good mystery/thriller: It keeps you guessing, and changing who you think it is over and over until you’ve suspected everyone and everything possible including the mop bucket and a baby. It doesn't slow down – momentum of the story keeps up with every page! The characters are all likable in their own way. Okay, so obviously your going to dislike one or more, but they all have redeeming qualities that will leave you thinking “Aw man, I hope it’s not them because (insert crazy reason you hope they didn’t commit murder here)” when you start to suspect them. And suspect them you will, because you will suspect everyone. And lastly, the ending is a twisty little mother that you never saw coming. That’s all I’m saying about that, but honestly this one got me good and any book that can keep me on my toes is well worth it.