Book Review: When He Fell by Kate Hewitt

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I’m delighted to kicking off the Neverland Blog Tour for When He Fell, read on for my thoughts and a giveaway 🙂

when he fell

What’s it about?

Josh and Ben are nine years old and best friends, until a single, careless act in the school playground destroys the lives of both families – and wrenches their small Manhattan school apart.

As both mothers Maddie and Joanna try to find out what really happened between the boys, they discover the truth is far more complicated and painful than either of them could have ever realised… with lasting repercussions for both families.

And when tragedy strikes again in the most unexpected of ways, the lives of these two women will be changed once more, and this time forever.

My thoughts

I jumped at the chance to read When He Fell as part of the blog tour as it came across as one of those books that poses moral dilemmas to its reader which I rather like.

Simply told yet captivating from early on, I liked this book for its authenticity; one of the parents has proper financial issues which she’s stressing about which make it more realistic rather than just having the cash to throw at the problem.

I liked Josh and Ben’s characters; I think they’re portrayed really well with their everyday struggles and difficulties and the frustrations that it causes their parents feels very real.

In all honesty I didn’t really love either of the main women characters; I found Maddie to be a bit of a lush, obsessed with finding a man, although I did find myself feeling sympathetic towards her for the situation and the hardship she faced  and Joanna well..excessively needy springs to mind, however this was one of those rare occasions where my disconnection with the main characters didn’t hinder the experience for me as the book has such an interesting theme.

My one criticism would be that the blurb gives away too much information…I would have much rathered it didn’t contain anything about the second tragedy; although I didn’t guess what it was I was waiting for it. I would have preferred to be totally in the dark.

Overall, a good and interesting read and one you may need to have tissues handy at the end!

Book links:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Google Play | Waterstone’s | WH Smith

About the author Kate Hewitt

bio_pic3Kate Hewitt is the author of over 40 novels of women’s fiction and romance. She loves telling an emotional story in a variety of genres, and has been nominated for the Romance Writers of America RITA Award twice. An American ex-pat, she lives in the Cotswolds of England with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can follow her adventures in village life on her blog,


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  1. 6th June 2016 / 11:48 am

    Thanks for taking part Lindsay and for the great review! Glad you enjoyed the book 🙂 xx

  2. 11th June 2016 / 2:06 pm

    Must admit I have to connect with the characters emotionally in all genres.

    Great review Lindsay.

    Thanks for linking #TalkoftheTown

    • 13th June 2016 / 10:28 am

      Thank you!
      Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t…think it depends on the book and the subject matter 🙂

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