Aussie Author Challenge Book Reviews

Book Review: The Fall by Tristan Bancks

Almost thirteen-year-old Sam is woken in the middle of the night by angry voices from the apartment above. He goes to the window to check out what’s happening, hears a struggle, and sees a body fall from the sixth-floor balcony. Sam, who is staying with his dad Harry for the week, goes to wake his dad up. Harry is a crime reporter, after all. But when Sam goes to Harry’s room, he sees he is all alone in the one-bedroom apartment. When Sam goes downstairs to investigate, he notices the body has disappeared. During this time though, someone has seen Sam peeking through the window and knows what he has witnessed.

What will the next twenty-four hours hold for Sam?

This is the first book I’ve read by Tristan Bancks and I was captivated from the start. The first chapter hooks the reader in as you want to know a number of things: who died, where is Harry, does Sam know the killer, will Sam get hurt and finally, who is the killer? In addition to the suspense, you also get some insight into Sam’s family life – his recent issues with his mum, his behaviour at school and his strained relationship with his dad who he has just met – all of which you continue wanting to know more about.

Sam is a great character – almost a teenager, he struggles with issues around friendship and family, about needing to be a certain way that’s acceptable. Kids and younger teens would certainly be able to identify with him and his struggles. The book manages to have several lessons in it without being preachy. Of course, the best bit about the book is the suspense. Given it’s a crime fiction novel aimed at kids and teens, it is a page-turner and a quick read. Kids are sure to enjoy this one as are adults.

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***Read and reviewed for the 2018 Aussie Author Challenge. Also linking up with Denyse for Life this week and Alicia for Open Slather***

Until next time,

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  • Denyse
    20 February 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Wow that does sound intriguing. I though your review was awesome as it activated interest in the book from the get go.
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  • Alicia O'Brien
    20 February 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Great storyline and suspense! I would have loved reading this as a teen.
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  • Shilpa Gupte
    20 February 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Sanch..I don’t know if I will ever find this book here, so please tell me what happens!!! Whose dead body is it and who is the killer? I can’t take the suspense, baba! Jaldi batao, please!!! 🙂

    It’s been ages since I read a suspense!
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  • Parul Thakur
    21 February 2018 at 12:00 am

    That sounds like a really interesting one. Yes, like Shilpa I want to know what really happened. 🙂
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  • Melissa {Suger}
    21 February 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Oooo, sounds good! And I love YA as a genre and suspense even more. Adding it to my list.

  • Soumya
    21 February 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Oh yes, I share Shilpa’s enthusiasm here. The story looks so interesting and I’m unable to find the book on Amazon here 🙁
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  • Ramya Abhinand
    23 February 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Sounds like a fast paced and easy kind off read.. Would try to get my hands on atleast a kindle copy