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Review by Suze
When Jen inherits a house it's a new start for her and her son Danny. Danny is still a little boy and Jen needs to look out for him. The house comes with a lodger and it's a relief when Jen finds out he's nice. Andy is a fisherman who's traumatized because he lost his wife a few years before. Jen and Andy like one another, but Andy's best friend isn't happy with their connection. Will they have a chance at happiness together?
Andy has an extremely loyal best friend named Scott. Scott is always by his side and his protectiveness knows no limits. He doesn't like Jen and he treats her with contempt. Scott is a dangerous enemy to have. He's smart and cunning and his resources are unlimited. There's a lot about him Jen doesn't like, but she seems to be the only one. Jen has a son to think of and she knows she and Danny aren't safe. Is Andy's love worth risking everything she holds dear?
They All Fall Down is a fantastic gripping story. I read this book in one sitting, I couldn't put it down. The story is fabulously creepy. Scott is the charming, rich friend who has it all. He hides his real personality behind a convincing façade and I loved Cat Hogan's creative way of describing his awful schemes and unpredictable behavior. I often felt bad for Jen as she deserves happiness after everything she's been through. She's strong and resilient though, she doesn't give up and she fights for the people she loves. I liked that very much about her character. Andy is sweet and gentle. He's a kind man, but he's also a little bit naïve. Scott is toxic and evil and he comes up with the most malicious plans to chase Jen away, to stop her from being part of Andy's life. Finding out if he would succeed kept me on the edge of my seat.
Cat Hogan has a great fast-paced writing style. I enjoyed witnessing how she makes her setting, a lovely village by the sea, come to life. It's obvious she's passionate about the beach, the fishermen and the volatility and unpredictability of the water. She also describes the personalities of her main characters in a vivid and detailed way, which is the biggest strength of They All Fall Down. The atmosphere is often oppressive and I loved how much of it I actually felt while I was reading this novel. Influencing moods is something else Cat Hogan can do really well. The ending is scary and surprising and it left me reeling. I think They All Fall Down is an amazing story and I highly recommend it.