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Fallen Angel

Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (70 ratings)
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Summary

From Chris Brookmyre, winner of the Theakstons and McIllvanney awards for Black Widow, comes a standalone psychological thriller full of twists, lies and betrayal.  

One family, two holidays, one devastating secret. To new nanny Amanda, the Temple family seem to have it all: the former actress; the famous professor; their three successful grown-up children. 

But like any family, beneath the smiles and hugs there lurks far darker emotions. 

Sixteen years earlier, little Niamh Temple died while they were on holiday in Portugal. Now, as Amanda joins the family for a reunion at their seaside villa, she begins to suspect one of them might be hiding something terrible.... And suspicion is a dangerous thing.

©2019 Christopher Brookmyre (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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A rare poor showing from Mr B

Slow to get going, derivative and lazy, difficult to get into, and a poor narration.

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Not his usual standard

I was really disappointed by this. It lacks the sharpness, in plotting, characters, and dialogue, of most of his novels.

What I can only assume was supposed to be a big twist, was glaringly obvious from very early on. The characters had potential to be interesting, but they mostly remained little more than drafts. The turns of phrase that made, for example, The Sacred Art of Stealing or Quite Ugly One Morning so mesmerising were missing.

The book has a lovely scene where a character rips into conspiracy theories, and this incident, as well as the debunking of conspiracy theories in general, is referenced often in the book, but I was disappointed that there was no careful but brutal dismantling of the subject the way The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks did with Mediums.

Although it’s a different type of book anyway, having more in common with his recent few novels than the many that came before, it wasn’t even equal to those latter ones. I’d have thought it was so-so if it was written by someone else, but it struck me as a genuinely surprisingly poor novel from Christopher Brookmyre.

It was not helped by the narration, which I thought sounded like the narrator was endlessly and breathlessly being taken mildly by surprise.

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Brilliant narrator. great story. An inte<br /><br /><br />

A new string to Brookmyre's bow, he is a very talented writer who I firmly believe could write a great story in any genre he cared to try.

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Big letdown

Poor structure that made it unnecessarily difficult to follow. Sorry Chris but looking forward to your next book.

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Good, but not your typical Brookmyre

I enjoyed Fallen Angel, but it is a departure from the usual pace that Brookmyre throws at a story. We are instead presented with a character drama that centres around a conspiracy theory, a family drama, and of course, a murder.

As usual, the story is built on some brilliant characters who are fleshed out in exemplary detail. Despite being low on action or comedy, I found the whole story enthralling and kept returning to find out what turn it would take next as I was fed layers of background story to bring the tale to it's conclusion. It's dark stuff though, not for anyone with a sensitive disposition.

Again, this is probably for fans of 'new Brookmyre' more than 'old Brookmyre' but I increasingly think of Chris as two different authors, who I enjoy for completely different reasons. Say what you like, the man has range!

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Good plot , nice twist.

Chris has developed over the past years moving away from the humour of old ( sadly in my opinion). That said the man can write a story and add a few twists along the way. He also manages to fit in some old characters and all in all a good read. As for the narrator a great job done playing a convincing role with voice characterisation.

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A great winding tale

Chris has done it again, believable characters, a twisting plot and some guest appearances of some old friends.
Loved the book and the narrator.

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Brookmyre on top form

Another tour de force from Chris Brookmyre. Absolutely brilliant as usual. Beautifully read. Lots of twists and turns as expected and great to see Jack Parlanbanee making an appearance.

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