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Review: ALL FALL DOWN, Tom Bale

All Fall Down, by Tom Bale. review by Barbara Copperthwaite

"A breathless action thriller full of twists and turns, heart-pounding terror and horrifying suspense"


You tried to save a life. Now you’re fighting to save your own.

It’s the perfect Sunday. Summer sunshine, a barbecue with the kids.

But a knock on the garden gate and two words, ‘HELP ME’, changes everything.

When loving parents Rob and Wendy Turner let a dying man into their home, and do their best to help him, they think pure chance led him to their house. But soon their lives are threatened in ways they could never have imagined … and then the first anonymous letter arrives, forcing them to question all they know.

Someone is watching.

Someone is waiting.

They will stop at nothing.

Rob and Wendy will do anything to keep their family safe, but their children Georgia, Josh and Evan are teenagers now, with their own hidden lives.

Everyone has secrets, but how can you save your family, if you don’t really know them?


It’s the nightmare scenario for Good Samaritans – all the Turner family do is help a dying man who has crashed into their back garden. But that simple act, thrust upon them, puts their own lives in danger.

What a brilliant set up! Tom Bale specializes in taking run-of-the-mill family scenarios and then tearing them apart at the seams until they are utterly destroyed. His books are so different, giving new perspective on the crime, perfect for if you’re feeling a little jaded with the genre.

All Fall Down is a breathless action thriller full of twists and turns, heart-pounding terror and horrifying suspense. Once you have read that first line you step onto a rollercoaster that doesn’t stop until the last page. It is darker than See How They Run, but definitely a worthy follow up.

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