BOOK REVIEW: The Shock Of The Fall – by Nathan Filer

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Title: The Shock Of The Fall
Author: Nathan Filer
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Psychology
First published: 2013
Finished reading: March 30th 2015
Pages: 310
Rating 5

“I decided each name on each spine was the person who the book had been written for, rather than who had written it. I decided everyone in the world had a book with their name on, and if I searched hard enough I’d eventually find mine.”

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The Shock Of The Fall is one of those books where it was the cover that first caught my eye and only later on I realized what the story was really about. After reading this novel by Nathan Filer, I can say it turned out to be even better than the beautiful cover. The Shock Of The Fall has easily become one of my favorite reads so far this year. This story about the life of a mental ilness patient left me practically speechless; the prose is beautifully written and the way Nathan Filer uses different fonts and drawings to enhance reading pleasure is simply brillant. You see the story through the eyes of Matthew Homes, a mentally ill nineteen-year-old who still struggles with the death of his brother Simon. The fact that as a reader you only find out more details about the past and present when Matt wants it is refreshing, and gives us some insight in how someone with a mental disorder would think and react. A very interesting novel with wonderful prose that I would definitely recommend to those who enjoy reading (contemporary) fiction and/or books on psychology and mental ilness!

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Matthew Homes is nineteen years old and he has a problem: he is considered mentally ill and is still struggling with his brother Simon’s death after all those years. Someone in the hospital told Matt it would be good if I were to write down his story, and so this novel was born… And Matt starts with explaining what happened the night that his brother Simon died.

‘I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’

Matt has always felt guilty about the death of his brother, and slowly gets absorbed by a downwards spiral that will lead to his stay in a mental hospital. There he has to confront the ghosts of the past in order to try and accept the present and future… And we follow Matt on this journey.

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If you are interested in psychology and/or books on mental disorder, read this book. If you like (contemporary) fiction and beautiful prose, read this book. The Shock Of The Fall is one of those books that blows your mind away as you are reading it, and (as you might have guessed from my crappy summary) is difficult to describe correctly to others once you’ve finished it. The Shock Of The Fall was Nathan Filer‘s first novel, and I will be crossing my fingers he will write more of these beauties in the future…

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WWW Wednesdays #33 – April 1st

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

ataleoftwocitiesI’m finally reading A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens! I know it took me long enough, and technically I had promised myself to read it in March… But at least I’ve finally started reading this classic, so that’s what counts right? 😉 I don’t have a proper opinion about it yet as I’ve only just started it, but I’m looking forward to find out if it lives up to expectations.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

theshockofthefallthehusbandssecretI didn’t manage to finish The Husband’s Secret last night, so this novel by Liane Moriarty will count as the first book I’ve finished in April. Very interesting read and plot twists! When I started reading I wasn’t sure I would like it, but I was quickly sucked into the story and ended up almost being unable to put it down. Full review coming soon… I’ve also finished The Shock Of The Fall by  Nathan Filer a few days ago, another novel I absolutely loved. Very strong image of a mental ilness patient and I loved the prose! Review still to come…

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

thestorytellerSince I have so so many new reads I’m super excited about, it’s impossible to choose what to read next. I’ve decided to use my TBR cup to see what title I would get… And I actually got my current read A Tale Of Two Cities first! A second draw got me The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, not one of my newest additions, but still a book I’m looking forward to. Although I’m currently deciding what titles to put on my April TBR, so I might end up reading a completely different title first.

WWW Wednesdays #32 – March 25th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

siegeandstormI started reading Siege And Storm, the second book in The Grisha series, the other day and I’m absolutely loving it so far. I loved reading Shadow And Bone last year, and now I finally own a copy of both sequels I’m excited to be reading more of Leigh Bardugo‘s work. Hopefully it stays this good!

  • What did you recently finish reading?

harrypotterandthehalfbloodprinceellaenchantedI finished Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine the other day to complete the fairytale retelling square in my 2015 Bookish Bingo Challenge… I cannot say I was blown away with it; it was an ok read but there are a lot better fairytale stories out there. I’ve also managed to finish my Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince reread, so now I’m only one book away of completing my HP series reread! It’s always great to revisit the adventures of Harry Potter that J.K. Rowling has invented.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

ataleoftwocitiestheshockofthefallMy hubby got me a kindle for my birthday (yay! ❤ ), and I went a little e-book crazy! I have so many new reads I’m super excited about that it’s impossible to choose what to read next… I will probably start with The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer to take a break from the YA Fantasy genre. Afterwards, I will most likely finally pick up my copy of A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens as part of my TBR Pile Challenge.

Friday Finds #4 – July 11th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading FRIDAY FINDS showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered this week and added to my readinglist. I’m an ‘adding junkie‘ and my TBR list at Goodreads is already exploding, but I still love to find new potential treasures. This week has been all about procrastination and writers block, with me still having to write two reviews (1984 and Shadow And Bone)… And I just can’t get the words on paper. But I still wanted to share with you some interesting books I’ve discovered; they are listed below. And what about you? Any interesting new books you’ve found lately?

My finds:

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