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After the Fall (Charity Norman Reading-Group Fiction) Kindle Edition
In the quiet of a New Zealand winter's night, a rescue helicopter is sent to airlift a five-year-old boy with severe internal injuries. He's fallen from the upstairs veranda of an isolated farmhouse, and his condition is critical. At first, Finn's fall looks like a horrible accident; after all, he's prone to sleepwalking. Only his frantic mother, Martha McNamara, knows how it happened. And she isn't telling. Not yet. Maybe not ever.
Tragedy isn't what the McNamara family expected when they moved to New Zealand. For Martha, it was an escape. For her artist husband Kit, it was a dream. For their small twin boys, it was an adventure. For sixteen-year-old Sacha, it was the start of a nightmare.
They end up on the isolated east coast of the North Island, seemingly in the middle of a New Zealand tourism campaign. But their peaceful idyll is soon shattered as the choices Sacha makes lead the family down a path which threatens to destroy them all.
Martha finds herself facing a series of impossible decisions, each with devastating consequences for her family.
About the Author
Charity Norman was born in Uganda and brought up in successive draughty vicarages in Yorkshire and Birmingham. After several years' travel she became a barrister, specialising in crime and family law in the northeast of England. In 2002, realising that her three children had barely met her, she took a break from the law and moved with her family to New Zealand. Her first novel, Freeing Grace, was published in the UK in 2011.
Reading group notes are available here: http://atlantic-books.co.uk/content/reading-group-notes-charity-normans-after-fall
After The Fall is a gripping tale that would appeal to fans of Jodi Picoult and Joanna Trollope... A page turning book to while away a winter's evening. ― Red Online
Jodi Picoult had better look over her shoulder - she's got a new contender by the name of Charity Norman. ― Sydney Morning Herald
A gripping story, which touches on the fragility of trust, the strength of love and, of course, second chances. This is Norman's second novel. Her style is emerging as reminiscent of bestselling author Jodi Picoult. ― Sunday Canberra Times
Will appeal to devotees of Joanna Trollope and Jodi Picoult... [Norman] is hot on their heels. ― Daily Mail on Freeing Grace
Easy to read, hard to put down, it'll move you to tears. ― Easy Living on Freeing Grace --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B01MT17AB3
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin; Main edition (1 January 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2423 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 438 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #479,914 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from other countries
However it did portray a dark side of New Zealand that was perhaps a bit over the top , combined with the mystical stories told by the locals it all felt a bit creepy . The journey of the young girl through her drug addiction was traumatic to read and gave a very real picture of the horrors addiction brings to the addict and their family. Wish there had been more about Grandad , he was my favourite character . Well done .
Consequently, they take an angry and resentful teenager to the other side of the world, away from her friends and extended family, with whom she has had a very close relationship. The result is, as the rest of the family flourishes in their new home, Sacha - with whom they had already had some behavioural issues - steps out on the road to self destruction. Caught up with establishing themselves in their new home, neither parent registers that there is a major problem, until something potentially catastrophic happens bringing their world crashing down around them.
A switched on Grandfather and newly made friends, help to put things back together and eventually Martha has to accept that for all her family to survive, they cannot all be in the same place.
Well written, with believable characters, this was an excellent read - highly recommended.