Monday, 6 August 2018

It All Falls Down by Sheena Kamal - Book Review*

"She came looking for answers.
She found nothing but trouble."

I haven't done a book review in a while because in all honesty, I haven't been reading much. I kind of got bored of the books I usually reach for and found myself looking for something a little outside of my usual choices.

This is why I was thrilled to receive a copy of Sheena Kamal's latest book It All Falls Down.
This book falls under the category of thriller, suspense and psychological fiction.

I always love doing a bit of research on the author before I read their book. I love knowing what may have influenced their writing and I just enjoy learning more about the person who wrote the story I'm about to dive in to. 

So let me tell you a bit about Sheena Kamal.

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Sheena Kamal was born in the Caribbean and emigrated to Canada as a child. She holds an HBA in Political Science from the University of Toronto and went on to work in the film and tv industry, most recently a researcher for a crime drama series. Her research into crime and investigative journalism inspired her debut bestseller Eyes Like Mine.

Sheena has won the KOBO emerging writers award and the Strand magazine critics award for The Lost Ones.

There have been many words of praise for It All Falls Down and Sheena's other works, some of which I've included below.

'Brave, Unflinching' - Lee Child

'Thrilling' - Sarah Ward

'Utterly Compelling' - Jeffery Deaver

'Intricately plotted. A tense, taut thriller with a flawed, compelling heroine. I want to read more about Nora Watts' - Andrea Carter

So, my thoughts.

This is a story you can really sink your teeth in to and once you pick the book up, you don't want to put it down. It's an intriguing story that has plenty of twists and turns to keep you invested.

One thing I really like about the book is the layout. The book is nicely divided which makes it easier to pick up and put down. I appreciate subchapters. They make me feel like I'm getting much more read. It feels like an achievement with every passing chapter.

Aside from the story itself, I did feel a little out of the loop having not read the first novel.
At first I found it difficult to keep up with and I felt like I should know more about the characters (particularly Nora) before I started reading It All Falls Down. At times I felt like I didn't know the characters well enough and realised that I've probably missed out on their descriptions/backstory by not reading the first book. I feel like it would have been an even better read if I'd have read book 1.

I love Nora Watts and want to delve a little more into her life. She's a strong fiery bad ass that I love reading about but she also has her flaws an that makes the story even more compelling. I love her vulnerability as much as I love her strength and I can't wait to see what comes next for her.

I fully intend to go and purchase the first book of the series to see if it helps with my understanding of the characters and helps me get a better feel for the book because I love the way Kamal writes.
It's so easy to read.

Do I think this is a good stand alone book? In my personal opinion, no.

I think you highly benefit from reading Eyes Like Mine before you start this one
There were a few times I felt lost in the plot and confused by what was happening and perhaps that would be different if I had read book 1.

Overall the book is good. After having a look online this book doesn't seem to have the same hype around it as her first novel but I liked it. As I said, you'd be better off buying both books if this is a series you'd like to read.

I really enjoyed switching romance for thriller and this has definitely made me want to explore more books from this genre!

What kind of books do you like to read?


  1. Thank you for reviewing this book. I will read it

  2. I love discovering new books & authors, thank you for sharing your thoughts Louisa. I like the sound of Nora Watts and interested to find out more about the character now. If I buy this, I’ll be sure to read book 1 first. Thanks for the tip! <3 xx

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