A Town In Mourning. A Murder In Waiting

“A plane crash. A murder.

Jim is a retired police officer whose beloved daughter has disappeared, and he knows something is wrong.

Tom’s wife was on the plane, and he must break the news to their only son.

Cecilia had left her family, but survived the crash, and sees no way out.

Freya is grieving the loss of her father. But as she delves into his past, she may not like what she finds.

Four people with something to hide.”


Welsh author Emma Kavanagh gained a PhD in psychology at Cardiff University before setting herself up in business providing psychological consultancy to police and military personnel for seven years.

Emma Kavanagh
Emma Kavanagh

“Falling ” was her debut crime novel, published in 2014.

Each chapter of this book is told from the perspective of a different character from the one preceding it – the main ones being Cecilia Williams, Tom Allison, Jim Hanover and Freya Blake.

Cecilia is a stewardess on a plane that crashes into the mountainous landscape above Talgarth in the Brecon Beacons, having walked out on her husband and two year old son Ben that morning. Against all the odds she, and twelve passengers, survive the disaster and Cecilia walks away with a broken arm, bruising and haunted by ghosts of her past.

Tom is a DC for South Wales police, seemingly trapped in a loveless marriage and looking into the murder of a colleague, a PCSO named Libby.

Jim is a former police superintendent fearing the worst when his daughter disappears but trying to remain positive for his wife and son.

Freya is a psychology student at home with her mother and younger teenage brother waiting for her pilot father to get home.

9781492609193-prAs the book – also available under the title “After We Fall” – develops we find out how these four are connected and the tragedies and sorrows that lie at the heart of their shared story.

This is a book that I found a little tricky to get into as the prose felt like a stream of consciousness at times with characters thoughts flitting backwards and forwards between the past and present without warning, making things seem murky on occasion.

Nonetheless, there is much to enjoy here and plenty of food for thought too with the secrets and situations that have to be dealt with.

falling_blog_tour_graphic_final_2909With very well developed characterisations and an intricately plotted story this is a very promising debut and I would have no hesitation in reading more from Kavanagh…

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