book reviews

Book Review: Falling


: Jane Green
Published: 2016
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Pages: 416
My Rating: 3.5/5

Jane Green is one of my favourite authors. I love her style. Light, romantic, heartfelt stories that deal with everyday people and everyday dramas. When I saw that her latest book was to be released I was very excited.

Falling is primarily a love story surrounding Emma and Dominic. Two very different people from totally different worlds. And while the premise is simple, the story works on most levels.

The writing is very true to Green’s earlier books. And she hasn’t lost her beautifully descriptive scenes and realistic dialogue. But, I did feel it lacked a little something.

The first part of the story I enjoyed, but I felt it did suffer from a little ‘saggy middle syndrome’. Normally I power through a Jane Green novel, but I found myself not entirely motivated to pick it up. It wasn’t until the final third of the book that the story hit its stride.

Here we learn more about Emma and Dominic; the intricacies of their families, and how they became to be who they are. To be honest, I think Green could and should have explored them in further detail as she has come to do with her later novels. And I think if she had, I would have liked Emma and Dominic a little more than I did.

There is a bit of a surprise at the climax, which I’m not sure every reader will like. I was certainly shocked and maybe a little disappointed. Even so, I enjoyed the book and still count Jane Green as one of my favourites.

Have you read Falling? Are you a Jane Green fan?