Just Fall by Nina Sadowsky
Ballantine Books: 3/22/16
eBook review copy; 304 pages
Just Fall by Nina Sadowsky is a so-so debut thriller that
tells the story by jumping between "Then" and "Now" chapters.
The novel opens with our beautiful, desirable, blond newlywed,
Ellie, killing a man. Apparently she needed to kill him to save her
dashing but mysterious husband, Rob, who she loves more than is
prudent, or certainly beyond common sense, and decency. On their
wedding day, immediately after the ceremony, Rob told her that he is
a killer. Subsequently, some men showed up at the reception to beat
Rob up, take him hostage, and force Elle to kill a man if she wants
to see Rob again.
She is sent to St. Lucia to kill the man in the opening. In St.
Lucia there are also children who are going missing, which is
consuming the thoughts of a local policeman, Lucien, even as he is
sent to investigate the man Elle killed. And then more stuff
happens now and we learn more about the past of both Rob and Elle.
Elle and Rob are not very sympathetic or engaging characters. This
really isn't remedied when we learn more about their past in the
"Then" chapters. The character development that does take place
never brought me to the point where I cared what happened to these
people. In fact, I actually cared less about their well-being. They
lacked credibility as characters and were both annoying and
unbalanced. What I was curious about was more of Lucien's story and
what was happening to the missing boys.
This is a quick read, so you can quickly jump from one absurd plot
twist to another. Don't expect a resolution to all the plot elements
and be prepared for frequent changes in the points of view as
chapters flip back and forth without following any time sequence.
Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy of Random House via
Netgalley for review purposes.