Fallen Angel by Chris Brookmyre – Book Review

Fallen Angel by Chris Brookmyre – Book Review

Fallen Angel by Chris Brookmyre

Fallen Angel

Author – Chris Brookmyre
Publisher – Little, Brown
Pages – 304
Released – 25th April 2019
ISBN-13 – 978-1408710838
Format – ebook, paperback, hardcover, audio
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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To new nanny Amanda, the Temple family seem to have it all: the former actress; the famous professor; their three successful grown-up children. But like any family, beneath the smiles and hugs there lurks far darker emotions.

Sixteen years earlier, little Niamh Temple died while they were on holiday in Portugal. Now, as Amanda joins the family for a reunion at their seaside villa, she begins to suspect one of them might be hiding something terrible…

And suspicion is a dangerous thing.

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Back in 2002 eighteen-months-old Niamh Temple died whilst on holiday with her family in Portugal. The Temple family are back in Portugal gathering together to share the life of Max Temple who has recently died.

On holiday next door to the Temple family is Vince, his wife Kirsten, their baby and Au Pair, Canadian Amanda. Amanda is also a blogger and recognises the family staying next door as Max was a well-known conspiracy theorist. Niamh was his granddaughter who died in mysterious circumstances.

Amanda does a little digging and soon begins to wonder whether a member of the Temple family is hiding secrets, but poking your nose in other peoples business is risky, very risky.

I haven’t read any of Chris Brookmyre’s work before but I was soon hooked on his style of writing. The book takes place in two different times, 2002 and 2018. There are a lot of characters to remember including one who has changed her identity since the tragedy in 2002.

I was fascinated by the whole situation and whilst I’m not normally a lover of books shifting in time, this book worked. I was also eager to understand what the prologue meant.

The book is also told from multiple points-of-view. Unfortunately, this is something I’m not a lover of and so the book took a little bit more of my concentration and time to read than normal. Whilst the change between different POVs was done well and you always knew which person you were following, and which time zone, I’m just not a lover of multi-point-of-view books, but this is just my preference and may people love them.

Fallen Angel is compelling, gripping and leaves you feeling anxious and cold at times as if you are on the edge of your seat knowing that something is lurking around the corner such as a twist in the plot or a shocking scene.

I will have to go back and read some of Mr. Brookmyre’s earlier work now.

Book Reviewer – Stacey

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About the Author

Chris Brookmyre

Chris Brookmyre was a journalist before becoming a full-time novelist with the publication of his award-winning debut Quite Ugly One Morning, which established him as one of Britain’s leading crime authors.

His Jack Parlabane novels have sold more than one million copies in the UK alone, and Black Widow won both the McIlvanney Prize and the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award.

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18 Responses

  1. Gemma says:

    Great review. Sounds like one I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing.
    Gemma @ Gemma’s Book Nook

  2. Finitha Jose says:

    You had me hooked

  3. Aparna says:

    I’m intrigued by the prologue. Something multiple POV’s irk me too.

  4. Emma Mane says:

    Superb review. I’m not always in favour of multi points of view books. I prefer straight forward one person books.

  5. DJ Sakata says:

    well done – I wants it

  6. Brilliant, that what I had hoped to do.

  7. I just find then distracting sometimes.

  8. I think everyone is different, I know lots of people who prefer them.

  9. Great, I hope you get to read it.

  10. Bianca says:

    I love your review! Thank you!

  11. Great review!

  12. Wonderful review. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I go back and forth between alternating POVs. I do like it sometimes but I feel like it’s overused these days and can create a disjointed jumbled read. Great review!

  14. I agree entirely.