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Catch Me When I Fall
by Nicci French
Book Review by Amy Coffin
An evening of drinks leads to a regrettable one-night stand for twenty-seven year-old Holly Krauss. She manages to sneak home without her husband Charlie suspecting anything. Unfortunately, this one spontaneous error in judgment snowballs into further trouble.

Holly is terrorized by this other man. Her own manic behavior at home and work overshadows any fears. Meg, her best friend and business partner, as well as Charlie begin to notice Holly’s strange behavior.

Catch Me When I Fall chronicles Holly’s downward spiral and others’ reaction to the madness. Why is she acting this way? Is she going crazy? Is her life in danger? Family and friends try to come to Holly’s aid before it’s too late.

Author Nicci French has written a different type of suspense novel here. The characters, Holly included, are not likable. They are sinister, clueless, unhappy or some combination of the three. However, Holly’s descent is like a train wreck and readers will slow down to watch the destruction.

French plunges right into the action at the beginning of Catch Me When I Fall. The real attraction isn’t what might danger might be inflicted on main character, but what Holly will do next and if it will kill her. Those who can read the story with a little distance from the unappealing characters will most appreciate this psychological thriller.

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