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Book Review: The Fall – Gilly Macmillan

Be careful what you wish for…
Nicole and Tom’s lives are changed overnight by a ten-million-pound lottery win. Before they know it they’ve moved into a state-of-the-art Glass Barn conversion in the stunning grounds of Lancaut Manor in Gloucestershire.

But their dream quickly turns into a nightmare when Tom is found dead in the swimming pool, with a nasty wound on the back of his head.

Someone close to home must be responsible. But other than the young couple who live in the Manor, and their housekeeper in the Coach House next door, there’s no one around for miles.

Who among them is capable of murder?

 Gilly Macmillan is the New York Times bestselling and Edgar-nominated author of What She Knew, The Perfect Girl Odd Child OutThe Nanny, To Tell You The Truth and The Long Weekend. She grew up in Swindon and studied at Bristol University and The Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She has worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery and has been a lecturer in photography. She now writes full-time and lives in Bristol.

 @GillyMacmillan #TheFall @CenturyBooksUK

My thoughts: this was a really clever, gripping take on the everyone is a suspect, isolated manor house mystery of the Golden Age. While it could have been a stranger, it’s very unlikely. So it has to have been one of the four people living in the isolated spot. And the neighbours are super weird – something very strange is going on in their house. The police need to dig deeper but don’t seem too bothered.

However Nicole is determined to find her husband’s killer and gets drawn into the Manor’s strange threesome while trying to find the truth.

There were lots of gasp out loud moments and twists and turns as Nicole learns about the three entwined lives next door and tries to work out who did it and why Tom died.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for a review but all opinions remain my own.

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