September 27, 2015

Review: Even Angels Fall by F.L. Darbyshire

After suffering an unthinkable loss, Abbey Miller and her family move to Leeds to rebuild their lives and start again, but the pain and grief that Abbey carries with her is impossible to escape. As she finds herself becoming increasingly isolated from her family, she develops a firm friendship with Lucy, Nathan and Liam, who introduce her to a brand new and exciting world, far removed from all of her problems. But will her new friends bring her the light hearted relief she has longed for? Or will she find herself getting drawn deep into their dangerous and intoxicating world?

Even Angels Fall is a heart-wrenching novel that highlights the tragedies of depression, drug abuse and alcohol abuse. The protagonist, Abbey, has lost her twin brother to suicide and feels that her family has shut her out. She turns to new schoolmates to help her deal with her grief over her brother's death and her mother's downward spiral into drinking and talking to the ghost of Abbey's twin. Unfortunately, Abbey's new friends are heavy into the party scene and are constantly popping pills and snorting cocaine. The story was a heavy and heart-breaking read. Watching the characters, all young, joyous, and full of life, as they headed down such an obvious path of destruction, was poignant. As the tragedies unfolded because of one bad decision after another, the mother in me wanted to yell at them, ground them, take their phones and privileges away. However, it was also an enlightening read as well, illustrating the differences between a mother's pain and a child's pain. Well-written, great plot and thoughtful insights into the mind's of drug addicts, this was a thought-provoking and interesting novel. And the ending........

Publisher- Grosvenor House Publishing Limited
Reviewers Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by~Cindi
Thank you to the author for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange for a honest review!!!
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