Title: If I Fall
Author: Merilyn Davies
Date of publication: eBook 1st March 2021 / Paperback 4th March 2021
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Format read: paperback
Number of pages: 384
We were told to meet at a rooftop bar.
Four friends, bound by one terrible secret.
No one knew why we were there.
Then we saw a woman, watched as she fell from the edge and plunged to her death.
The police think it’s suicide, but I know better.
Someone is sending a message.
Now they’re coming for us.
Crime Analyst Carla Brown and DS Nell Jackson are back!
I was lucky to discover Merilyn Davies’s characters when her previous book was released so I could not miss the opportunity to be reunited with them. If you haven’t read When I Lost You, it is okay, you get enough background to get the best of If I Fall, although I definitely recommend you read both to fully appreciate the protagonists’ stories.
Curious invitations to meet at a rooftop bar. One death that looks like suicide. I was intrigued! The blurb did his job well, and I dived in with pleasure.
I am a fan of prologues and the opening of If I Fall was right on point. A Facebook group, uh! I am not a Facebook fan but it is an amazing tool when you want to know more about people! I’ll leave the details inside the book for you to discover…
First chapter, first surprise! When something happens, the police usually are the last to arrive at the party, right? So I was curious when I met straight away with Carla making her way on a rooftop. What?? Would she be a witness? No! Can’t… but… Oh. See, Merilyn Davies ventures away from the well-known paths to build a gripping thriller by using simple tools, like a POV you were not expecting so early in the book! Being with Carla before anything happened and standing with her as the action unfolded gave me an immediate connection to the case. It became personal.
The feeling only intensified as the plot appeared, along with its twists, turns, secrets. If I Fall began by a careful walk on the thinnest ice, then slowly grew as people got added to the picture, with their history and mysteries. A police procedural which is not entirely one, kicking off with a case that is not a case, and turns out to be a free fall into some very serious and disturbing pool of darkness.
A very specific subject is explored here and I wish I could discuss it. With If I Fall, Merilyn Davies looks at a very specific and terrible idea as she tackles a huge problem that should not still be around in the 21st century. I was not expecting the story to go this way, but really appreciated the reminder that the road is long, and we should not gloss over the situation too many people find themselves in.
Other topics are explored – homelessness, friendships, revenge, and they all add layers to the plot. There is never so much on the plate that you forget what it is all about, but you get different leads and subplots to shape a realistic novel.
I enjoyed meeting with the team, watching them fight their demons, lick the scars left by the previous book, and find meaning in their interactions and relationships.
If I Fall is an interesting and gripping story.
I would like to thank the publisher and Lydia for inviting me to be part of the tour and for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review!