I received an ARC from The Bookshelf in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Take the Fall
Author: Emily Hainsworth
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 16, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): WHO KILLED GRETCHEN MEYER?
Fear grips the residents of Hidden Falls the night Sonia Feldman and her best friend, Gretchen Meyer, are attacked in the woods. Sonia was lucky to escape with her life, but Gretchen’s body is discovered at the bottom of a waterfall. Beautiful, popular, and seemingly untouchable, Gretchen can’t be gone. Even as Sonia struggles with guilt and confusion over having survived, the whole town is looking to her for information…could she have seen something that will lead the police to the killer?
At the top of the list of suspects is Gretchen’s ex-boyfriend—and Sonia’s longtime enemy—Marcus Perez. So when Marcus comes to Sonia for help clearing his name, she agrees, hoping to find evidence the police need to prove he’s the killer. But as Gretchen’s many secrets emerge and the suspects add up, Sonia feels less sure of Marcus’s involvement, and more afraid for herself. Could Marcus, the artist, the screwup, the boy she might be falling for have attacked her? Killed her best friend? And if it wasn’t him in the woods that night…who could it have been?
Take the Fall is one of the most suspenseful books of the year. The reader will be turning the pages like mad, eager to learn the truth. This crime novel is action-packed as the characters try and catch a killer, and the focus is on the mystery, not the romance, which is enjoyable. However, the ending may be disappointing for some in this whirlwind of a story.
Take the Fall has all the components of a good mystery: characters searching for possible suspects and attempting to uncover evidence, and the massive reveal of the murderer’s identity at the end. Also, there is so much suspense as the characters get closer and closer to the truth. Add the fact that it is action-packed, and this book contains that right mix for a perfect who-done-it that will keep the readers on the edge of their seats!
The subplot in this book is really enjoyable as well and adds to its overall appeal. There is a romantic theme in Take the Fall between the two main characters. While these types of dramas in books can sometimes take away from the plot, it isn’t the main focus of the story. As a reader, I want to focus more on the solving of the problem and not get distracted by unimportant details. This love affair was just the right amount to keep Hainsworth’s story at its fast pace.
The only thing really lacking in Take the Fall was the ending. It is hard to provide details without spoiling the book, however, the whole ending didn’t really make sense. For such a well-written novel, it was surprising to have it end the way it did. If perfect endings are important to you, then this book might not be your cup of tea.
Take the Fall is a suspenseful mystery with a focus on crime, not romance. Though I enjoyed most of this book, the ending didn’t really satisfy me. However, I would recommend fans of the mystery/thriller genre, since this book really fits the bill with the crime aspects.