If I fall by Ella Harper

My review

The story revolves around 4 friends and their lives. Each one has a secret, each one has their cross to bear till one of them decides that life is a bit too difficult and takes a drastic step. 

I’m really sorry for what I’m about to do…

My first book by Ella Harper, and she is fantastic in parts. All the characters are well etched, their story starts from university days and fifteen years hence. But the author has not concentrated much on the past but has described their lives all in the present. 

The story started slow, picked up the right momentum, but the ending felt rushed to me. The parts where each of them are going through their troubled times are well described, Ella made me feel their pain. But then it fritters away. The writing has its own crests and troughs

The story could hold my attention to the extent that I could finish the book in a day. The plot line was clichéd but yet interesting. I like reading about friends and their lives. Ella has also added a bit of suspense, as the reader is kept in the dark about the friend who has reached the depths, to never rise again. 

Ella has brought forth abuse in the topic, and it is dealt sensitively, but there is also a rawness to it. That made the entire scene extremely real. There are a lot of dramatic scenes to add to the plot. They bring their own flavor and twists. 

There are few niggles; the ending was rushed, the story got over before I was ready for it to be over. So I was left feeling a little empty. The epilogue could have been written better, I wanted something more, maybe more emotions.. 

But I had fun reading this book, and I can recommend it to everyone who likes a contemporary story about friends. A good read for a silent afternoon. 

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Canelo, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion. 

My rating : 3.5 stars 
About the Author

Ella Harper learned foreign languages, and imagined she might eventually get a glamorous job speaking French. After climbing her way up the banking ladder, Ella started idly mapping out the beginnings of a novel on an old laptop. When she realised her characters were more real to her than dividends and corporate actions ever could be, she left her job to become a writer. 

Book blurb 

I’m really sorry for what I’m about to do…

It’s fifteen years since graduation, and Connie, Jonas, JJ and Layla have managed to remain close despite the odds. They’ve supported each other, but are some things too big for friendship?

Connie is desperate to maintain the veneer of perfect family life.

Jonas is feeling the pressure at work.

Layla’s career is unravelling thanks to her ill mother

JJ’s past is catching up with him.

When they stumble and fall, who will be there to catch them?

Product Details 

Publication date : 22nd January 2018

Publisher : Canelo

Language : English 

Available on Amazon 

     Friendship and secrets

13 thoughts on “If I fall by Ella Harper

  1. I hate it when the ending feels rushed. I feel like I’m left with this hollow hole that needs to be filled but I know that nothing will fix it. So, I just rush on to the next book when that happens.

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