Title: The Shock of the Fall
Author: Nathan Filer
Publisher: The Borough Press
Genre: Contemporary, Mental Health
‘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.’
This book is one of the best books I have read in an INCREDIBLY long time, I want to become a clinical psychologist which means working with people who suffer from mental illness. Going into this book that is all I knew, that it was about mental illness. I have no idea about anything else, I read the back of the book but it didn’t give too much a way but it instantly drew me in.
It’s a short blurb but an incredibly intriguing one at that and I just knew straight away that I wanted to read this book. I was told I would enjoy it by my friend, Tasha, and she was right, it’s amazing.
As for the book itself the writing is incredibly unique, it jumps back and forth from the narrators present day to his memories of his brother and how it all happened. It can be a little hard to follow at first but after a few pages I was so sucked into the story that I didn’t seem to notice it.
It’s written exactly like someone who’s just putting all their thoughts down on paper, it’s like the narrator is sat in front of you telling the story, or you’re peeking into someones diary. If he doesn’t understand a word someone says, he gets out a dictionary and writes the definition down, if his thoughts are all over the place so are the words, almost falling off the paper.
A lot of the way through the book has you thinking one thing and then BAM there’s a ginormous twist that I just wasn’t expecting in the slightest and it just worked so wonderfully and so beautifully that I urge anyone to read this, especially those who are interested in mental illness but I think anyone can appreciate this book for what it is highly recommended.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, what did you guys think?