Where Honesty Never Ends.
Genre: Literary fiction
Note: This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Greetings everyone! The Review Board is here to share our thoughts on We Could Fall by Kate Moschandreas. Before we get our Board Member’s thoughts, let’s explore the blurb, provided by Goodreads:
Blurb: We Could Fall begins on a September morning when 42-year old Emmy Halperin receives two unexpected pieces of news. Jack, her husband of 22 years, wants to call off their long-planned divorce. Duncan Grier, a famous actor, wants to be her therapy client.
“I’m guessing it could be more complicated seeing me than with your other clients,” is what Duncan says in his first voicemail to Emmy.
It is, indeed, more complicated. In the four short weeks that follow, Emmy must wrestle with her professionalism, her desire and her marriage as she ultimately decides who and what should hold her trust.
Now, here is Harmony Kent with her observations.
One September morning, with a long-planned divorce looming, forty-two-year-old Emily Halperin receives two pieces of news: one, her husband seems to have changed his mind on the divorce thing, and two, a famous actor wants her to work as his therapist. The ensuing weeks see her world turned on its head, and romance wafts on the summer breeze. What choice will Emily make? Stay with her husband? Or run to Duncan? And what about all those ethical considerations between client and therapist?
The book cover attracted me right away, as did the title, which intrigued. I looked forward to this read; unfortunately, though, the extremely passive writing style (lots of wases, weres, etc.) put me off:
‘Jack was ignoring her questions. “Do you know where the remote is?” He was looking under the couch pillows.’
With the whole book like this, it grows tedious quickly. Add to that all the filter words (she felt, knew, heard, etc.) and the chronic head hopping (so you don’t know which character’s head you’re in half the time), and the unnecessary delaying of the action with ‘began to’ and ‘started to’, and it makes for an arduous read.
This is a lengthy novel, and I feel that it could have gotten cut down somewhat without losing flow and, perhaps, even gaining pace. I also struggled with the apparent total disregard of the therapist’s ethical boundaries with clients. The main character’s rationalisations in this regard didn’t carry enough weight to feel authentic, and some felt juvenile at times, putting her nearer to 14 instead of 42.
The scene setting is done well and feels realistic. The dialogue and tension between the characters feel authentic, and the characters are well drawn. The ending is well rounded but open enough for a possible sequel.
If you’re a fan of literary fiction, and especially of the romantic ilk, then you are likely to enjoy this book. And though the many editorial hiccups diminished the experience for me, you may be the kind of reader for whom this doesn’t matter at all. In that case, I would say give it a go.
It gets 7 out of 10 TRB stars from me, which means it’s all right despite several flaws, and equates to 3.5 out of 5 stars on other rating scales. I feel unable to round this one up, as it’s nearer a 3 than a 4, but still well worth a shot.
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