They All Fall Down by Tammy Cohen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The chapters of this book switch between the stories of the main protagonist, Hannah, her mother, Corinne, and one of the therapists in the The Meadows psychiatric clinic.
From the start, it is apparent that Hannah has done something awful involving her baby, which has resulted in her admission to The Meadows. There is definitely something sinister going on and it seems that Hannah is more of a victim than a perpetrator. Two of her friends have recently died.
Although the verdicts are suicides, Hannah suspects that they have been murdered. Naturally, nobody believes her and that frustrates her.
There is something creepy about Dr Roberts, who is the director of the clinic. However, most of the characters have aspects of their lives which seem to be not quite right.
I thought that the pace was far too slow for the first third of the book but it became very lively after that. The climax came three or four chapters from the end and it was worth the wait.
However, I thought that too much went into the wrapping up and the tying of all the loose ends.
There are a lot of twists and turns and a few unexpected revelations.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a psychological thriller that will make you think as you try to fathom the final outcome.
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