How to Fall
by Jane Casey
My rating: 4 stars
Series: Jess Tennant Mysteries - Book 1
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: YA Mystery
Print Length: 352 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Sixteen-year-old Jess Tennant has never met any of her relatives,
until her mother suddenly takes her to spend the summer in the tiny
English town where she grew up. Her mom’s decision is surprising, but
even more surprising is the town’s reaction to Jess. Everywhere she
goes, people look at her like they’ve seen a ghost. In a way, they
have—she looks just like her cousin Freya, who died shortly before Jess
came to town.
Jess immediately feels a strange connection to
Freya, whom she never got to meet alive. But the more she learns about
Freya’s life, the more suspicious the circumstances of her death start
to look. One thing is for sure: this will be anything but the safe,
boring summer in the country Jess was expecting.
Beloved author Jane Casey breaks new ground with How to Fall, a cleverly plotted and remarkably written young adult mystery.
How to Fall by Jane Casey
They say blood is thicker than water and the connection between Jess Tennant and her recently deceased cousin, Freya goes beyond looking like identical twins. When Jess and her mother return to her mother’s home town a year after the mysterious death of Freya, Jess becomes intrigued and embroiled in what led to Freya falling from a cliff to her death. Was she committing suicide? Was she murdered? There is something not easily identified by Jess, something that doesn’t fit what she learns about the cousin she never knew and she becomes determined to get to the bottom of this mystery. But will the answers she searches for put a target on her own back? Has she hit on a close-held secret that cost her cousin her life? Could it be teenage jealousy, or is there more to see once each layer is unfolded? Sound like a good YA mystery? It is, and by adding a few more twisted subplots and Jess will have her hands full coming to terms with life in this small town.
How to Fall by Jane Casey is a brilliantly paced young adult mystery with a level-headed and deep-thinking young heroine who often seems wise beyond her years. Ms. Casey builds her world carefully, building the tension, deepening the mystery and tossing in enough surprise bits that this convoluted path to the end is not an easy plot to solve. Dark, atmospheric and yet, still filled with a youthful feel, the diverse characters help make How to Fall a magnetic read from start to finish. Ms Casey has a firm foundation for this new series that has a contemporary feel and is stamped with what is surely soon to be recognized as another great YA read.
I received an ARC edition from St. Martin's Griffin in exchange for my honest review.