Sunday 10 July 2016

Falling Suns - J.A. Corrigan

Ex-DI Rachel’s small son is missing. Then his body is discovered. Her cousin Michael is found guilty of his murder and incarcerated in a secure psychiatric unit. 

Four years later, now divorced and back in the police force, Rachel discovers that Michael is being released to a less secure step-down unit, with his freedom a likely eventuality. Unable to cope with this, she decides upon revenge, assuming a new identity to hunt him down and kill him. However, as she closes in on her target, her friend Jonathan, a journalist, uncovers some unnerving information about her mother and others in her family and begins to suspect that Rachel’s perception of the truth might not be as accurate as she thinks – that she might be about to murder the wrong man…

What did I think?

Falling Suns is an outstanding debut from J.A. Corrigan.  It has clearly been meticulously researched and it allows the reader to step into the shoes (and the mind) of a grieving mother.

Rachel is an ex police officer, married to Liam with a young son, Joe.  One day Joe gets dropped off at home and disappears after appearing to enter the house.  Joe flees the house in distress and runs into an adult family member.  Someone who Joe recognises and feels safe with, his mother's cousin, Michael Hemmings.  As we investigate and discover what happens next, I experienced so many emotions; from fear for what Joe went through, pain for Rachel and Liam and oddly, sympathy for Michael.  What did Joe see that caused him to flee the house?  Why did Michael abduct him and did Michael actually kill Joe?

More disturbingly, to what lengths will Rachel go to get her revenge?  Just as the target is within her sights, new information is discovered that rocks Rachel to her very core.  As she reflects on her own childhood, we discover that history has repeated itself with a young child seeing things they should not see.  

As the story unfolds, we discover the twisted history of the Hemmings family.  Who better to uncover these dark, disturbing family secrets than journalist, Jonathan Waters?  Jonathan is Rachel's friend and has secretly harboured feelings for her for a long time.  He uncovers more than he bargained for and, after a few bumps and twists, can finally give Rachel the peace that she deserves.

Falling Suns is an exceptional debut, at times disturbing but completely enthralling.  J.A. Corrigan has given the reader a front row seat as one family's dirty laundry is hung completely out to dry.  Addictively compelling reading, my eyes were superglued to every single page until the last word was read.

I received this e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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