Falling by Emma Kavanagh // Predictive but Enjoyable

This is the book I talked about in the review of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The sentence, it would have been so funny if it was not so damn sad, was taken from Falling by Emma Kavanagh.

If I had read it in 2014, I would have said that it has the potential of sleeping success or late success — as this book can easily be translated into a movie. I can clearly see Jennifer Lawrence as Cecilia and Chris Pine as Tom. But the fact that it has not been on any bestseller proves the existence of luck and chances.

I am not saying the book is a genius work, but it has a melancholy taste that is difficult to capture. All the characters seem to be lonely, even when they are in the group. The group dynamics typically form through laughter, and when there is none, everything looks like business. The sad backdrop makes every instance come across as mourning.

It shows how important small jokes are in daily communication. Without them, everything will be so serious that you will not be able to breathe. Falling does not have small jokes and random funny phrases. This is good, as it keeps the book short and focused on the plot. Plus, when the backdrop is a flight crash, it leaves little space for comics.

The characters are sad, and when they make mistakes, you don’t get angry; you are only disappointed. The book does not even blame the pilot for the accident. It is the sickness, depression, guilt, and overwhelming tiredness. While the book has so many deaths, it ignores most of them and revolves around two survivors.

For a moment after I completed the book, I wondered if it was inspired by the Breaking Bad episode of the flight crash — butterfly effect. Surprisingly, I read two books back to back that were around the same concept. What caused it? Was it the affair? Was it the breaking down of a car? It all leads to plenty of death, which now will have cascading effects on many lives.

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By the first few chapters, I already guessed the suspense. I knew there was an affair, accidental murder, and guild suicide. Whoever, I bet on the wrong person.

This concept is not new tbh. There are so many books where, in a fight, a person accidentally pushes another person, resulting in death. They panic and do a botched job of hiding the body. Then they kill themselves, afraid of getting caught.

In fact, right now, I am reading Keeping Him Close by Emily Koch, which seems to follow the exact path.

Fortunately, the predictive part of the book does not ruin it at all. Somehow, it makes it more exotic. You know what happened. Now, you can enjoy the read without anticipation. Forget about the urge to flip the pages to know the secrets because you already have them.

The rest of the work of keeping the reader engaged is done by soft writing and short chapters.

Converging characters

I like books where characters are at different places in the beginning and strangers — and as the story continues, you learn that they are connected via hidden backstories. Those characters do not know how they are connected, but they are. The first book I read with this style was Where Things Come Back, and it blew my mind at the end when two storylines converged.

In this book, 4 seemingly strangers are connected, and they don’t realize it till the end, which would be suspense.

Do I recommend Falling by Emma Kavanagh?

I do. It is a short read that you can complete in 4-5 hours. Funnily, it could be your next airport read!

Book Summary

Book review of Falling by Emma Kavanagh. You might guess what happen, and still enjoy it to the end because of no-jokes.

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Author: Emma Kavanagh

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Faizan Fahim

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