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The Shock of The Fall

(originally published in hardcover in USA as Where the Moon Isn't)

by Nathan Filer

The Shock of The Fall
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    Nov 2013, 320 pages
    Oct 2014, 320 pages

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Tackling mental health issues with grace, this debut novel that won the 2013 Costa Book of the Year Award powerfully illuminates how guilt can haunt and shape a character for a long time.

With an average rating of 4.5 out of 5, this debut novel won high marks with many BookBrowse readers.

Many readers gave it a thumbs up for an arresting plotline:
This powerful novel by Nathan Filer tells nineteen-year-old Matthew Homes' harrowing story. As Matt battles schizophrenia - and all the ensuing humiliations, setbacks, and attitudes surrounding mental illness - he is on a quest to discover what actually happened on a holiday night at the beach in Ocean Cove Park nine years earlier. On this night Matt's older brother Simon, a Down syndrome child with "a beautiful smiling face that looked like the moon," dies. For the next ten years, guilt-ridden Matt fights his way through the past to understanding and redemption (Carole C).

Sensitive topics are beautifully handled:
The way the author takes you inside the mind of a mentally ill Matthew to experience his troubles firsthand...

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