All Fall Down – Tom Bale

“You tried to save a life. Now you’re fighting to save your own.  It should have been an idyllic day for the Turner family – until a dying man, beaten beyond all recognition, arrives at their home, uttering the words “Help me…”
Rob and Wendy Turner and their children try to explain away the horrific scene as being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but in the days that follow their lives are threatened in ways they could never imagine.
The family is unaware that they are being watched by someone with their own terrifying agenda, who will stop at nothing to fulfil their own twisted desires.
But when hidden secrets come rushing to the surface, it’s clear not everything is as it seems in this happy family.  Are the Turners a victim of circumstance, or does the key to their fate lie closer to home?
Forced to fight for everything they hold dear, can they save themselves before time runs out, or will their act of compassion see them paying the ultimate price…?”

The author has undoubtedly created a unique story line here. There were plenty of twists and turns along the way, some of them quite surprising.  This book is not a run of the mill psychological thriller, I would describe it more of an action thriller, as there is s lot going on in it.  The book starts well when the mysterious dying man stumbles into the garden of the Turner family.  The man showing signs of severe torture immediately grabbed my attention, as did the secrets every member of the family seemed to be keeping from each other.  I was excited on how this book would play out.  The first half starts well, then the story takes a bizarre turn. The characters are well-developed, it’s an understatement to say this is a dysfunctional family as is the author’s intention, but I simply could not connect with them and struggled to be interested in their plight.   I was disappointed with the second half of the book that was more punch packed than intense or frightening.  I prefer more brain than brawn in my thrillers.

This book is exceptionally well written however just wasn’t my cup of tea.  I think this book would make a great movie.  I rated it 3 stars, but would definitely read more from this author.  Thanks to Tom Bale, Bookouture and NetGalley for the ARC in return for an honest review.

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