Book review: It All Falls Down + competition

By Sheena Kamal
Published by BonnierZaffre

Synopsis: When Nora Watts is approached by a man claiming to know her late father, she is thrown into turmoil. Struggling with the imminent death, from cancer, of her friend and mentor Sebastian Crow, she is unprepared for the memories that this encounter brings back. What happened to her father that made him kill himself and abandon Nora and her sister?

Heading to Detroit to try and find some answers about his life there, Nora expects to discover a reason behind his suicide. Instead, she finds more questions than answers.

How did this book end up in my hands? I won a copy of this book ahead of publication date. I’m on a lucky streak!

Was it a page-turner? Totally. It took me some time to get into the book because I felt like there was something missing. Or – better – that I was missing something. Turns out I was right and – even though this can be read as a stand-alone novel – it is the second book featuring Nora Watts and there is a lot of backstory that is hinted at.

Having read the synopsis, did the book meet my expectations? I was somehow expecting a ‘simpler’ book, while a lot of issues pop up in this novel – from gang crime to politics and everything in-between. It’s not the kind of book I’m used to reading but I did enjoy it very much. In fact, I want more!

Did I like the ending? [no spoilers] Yes, and it suits both who wants to read this book as a stand-alone or as part of a series.

Three words to describe it. Suspenseful. Thrilling. Fast-paced.

Do I like the cover? Yes, it suits the mood of the novel well. Couldn’t do it better, in fact.

Have I read any other books by the same author? No, this is the first of her books I read and I definitely want to catch up with the first in the Nora Watts series, while I wait for the third.

Will I be recommending this book? Yes, especially to people who are good at following different narrative strands and enjoy a little conspiracy. The characters are well-built too and very much likeable with all their weaknesses.

Anything else? Yes! It is with pleasure that I am able to offer one copy of this book to a lucky reader. For a chance to win, you only need to follow me on Twitter and retweet the competition post by 23/09. UK only. Every comment below with count as an extra entry (one per person). Good luck!


  1. Great review :) Sad I can't participate in the competition, but it is okay!

    Elle Inked @ Keep on Reading


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