This debut novel turns a marriage inside out and upside down. Ellie and Rob are in love when they get married, but that love is not based on reality. When Rob reveals a life-changing secret on their wedding night, Ellie is thrown for a loop – but she has her secrets too.
Can two people who barely know one another make their marriage work?
Their story utilizes flashbacks via alternating chapters of “now” and “then,” except the flashbacks are not in any kind of order and can be confusing to follow, plus they add many extraneous and unnecessary characters. But despite all that, the tension becomes almost unbearable as Ellie tries to determine if she can save her husband, and her marriage.
While these characters are not especially likeable, the many loose plot ends are mostly woven together as the story hurtles towards it shocking, yet not quite believable ending.
The popularity of thrillers centered on an enigmatic husband and wife continues here, with the inevitable comparison to The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
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JUST FALL by Nina Sadowsky. Ballantine Books (March 22, 2016). ISBN 978-0553394856. 304p.