Fallen Angel – Chris Brookmyre

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

I am delighted to be on Day 1 of the #blogtour for Chris Brookmyre’s new book Fallen Angel and my thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy of the book for an honest and impartial review.


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.

About the Author: Chris Brookmyre was a journalist before becoming a full time novelist with the publication of QUITE UGLY ONE MORNING. Since writing A BIG BOY DID IT AND RAN AWAY he and his family decided to move away from Aberdeen and now live near Glasgow.

My Review: This is my first book by author Chris Brookmyre and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  A tale of secrets, twists and lots of  conspiracy theories, Fallen Angel is a standalone psychological thriller guaranteed to keep the readers on their toes and gripped throughout.

Fallen Angel is narrated by several of the main characters and alternates between 2002 and present day.  16 years ago on a summer holiday in Portugal 2 families lives were shaken to the core when tragedy struck and 18 month old Niamh was swept out to sea setting off a chain of events that ricochets and changes the lives of everyone who was there.

2018 brings the story back to Portugal and the families are gathering to mourn the loss of the patriarch of the family Max Temple, a famous psychology professor.  His scattered and shattered dysfunctional family reunite for the first time in 16 years and the truth behind the tragedy begins to unfold.

Full of twists and several revolting characters, Fallen Angel was a gripping page turner which kept me entertained and guessing throughout.  Whilst I did managed to work out the extra Twist before the reveal (go me!!) it didn’t stop my enjoyment at all.  Recommended for fans of twisty thrillers with an added bonus of several conspiracy theories thrown in.


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