Publication: 5th December 2019 (eBook); 2nd April 2020 (paperback) – HarperFiction
At the school gates, there’s no such thing as yesterday’s news . . .
When Liza’s little boy has an accident at the local health club, it’s all anyone can talk about.
Was nobody watching him?
Where was his mother?
Who’s to blame?
The rumours, the finger-pointing, the whispers – they’re everywhere. And Liza’s best friend, Sarah, desperately needs it to stop.
Because Sarah was there when it happened. It was all her fault. And if she’s caught out on the lie, everything will fall apart.
Today I am very happy to take part in the blog tour for the brilliant new novel by Rebecca Thornton, The Fallout, out now in paperback.
In The Fallout, Rebecca Thornton explores the complex dynamics of a group of mothers in West London. Gossip, jealousies, secrets, and lies lead to a series of misunderstandings and discord with serious consequences.
Sarah e Liza have been best friends since they were pregnant with their first child. Their friendship is tested after Liza’s son gets hurt under Sarah’s watch and an old friend comes back into their life. Sarah’s guilt over the accident and the secrets she is keeping from her best friend put a strain on their friendship and, as rumours spread and lies come to light, things spiral out of control.
Rebecca Thorton created a close-community world where everyone is judged by their looks and their choices, where gossip can destroy a friendship, where loyalties easily change. The story is entertaining, gripping, and very well-written and it alternates between Sarah, Liza, and WhatsApp groups where every parent has their own opinion and are quick to judge.
The characters feel authentic and relatable, I found them flawed, sometimes annoying, sometimes likable, the sort of people you can meet on the street or at the park. Through the characters, the author perfectly shows the difficulties of motherhood and she addresses themes of mental health and loss.
Rebecca Thornton is a brilliant author and her stories are engrossing and enjoyable (if you haven’t read her previous novels, please do!). Highly recommended!!!
A huge thank you to Anne Cater and HarperCollins UK for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a copy of the novel.
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Rebecca Thornton is an alumna of the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course, where she was tutored by Esther Freud and Tim Lott. Her writing has been published in The Guardian, You Magazine, Daily Mail, Prospect Magazine and The Sunday People amongst others. She has reported from the Middle East, Kosovo and the UK. She now lives in West London with her husband and two children. The Fallout is her third novel.