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Tuesday, 28 February 2012
‘The Fall’ by Claire McGowan
Published by Headline,
2 February 2012.
In a poorer district of London light years away in monetary terms but not that far as the crow flies, Keisha is struggling with social services to get her daughter back. Still living with Chris Dean she is fighting a losing battle, as Chris is the reason her daughter was taken away in the first place.
With Dan in a strange mood Charlotte agrees to go with him to a club in
Camden, although on a Friday night is not where Charlotte would want to be, but Dan has some cocaine and soon Charlotte is flying! The altercation at the club is a foggy memory to Charlotte, all she can recall is Dan shouting that his credit card is OK. Then the police are hammering at the door of their flat, Dan is arrested for murder and Camden Charlotte’s world collapses – well it does, but doesn’t actually realise it has. As things like this don’t happen to Charlotte it takes her a while to wake up to her situation. When confronted by Keisha on her door step she begins a journey very different to the one on which she was set just a few days ago. Charlotte
Investigating the case is DC Matthew Hegarty, who, whilst initially convinced of Dan’s culpability is swayed by
’s beauty. But the key to it all is Keisha, who really just wants her daughter back, but is conflicted with loyalty to her teenage lover Chris. Charlotte
The story is told by Charlotte, Keisha and DC Hegarty. Very much a story of today, as high earners lose their jobs, totally unprepared for the reality of life without a big salary. Although
is convinced that Dan is innocent, does she have the ability to fight for him - can she adjust to the new circumstances in which she finds herself? Will she even try, when the people she counted as friends are suddenly no longer there? Charlotte
This is an amazing first book, with insightful characterisation. We will be no doubt hearing more of Claire McGowan. High Recommended.