Review

The shock of the fall – Nathan Filer***

WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR 2013.  Debut novel about one man's descent into mental illness, following the death of his brother in childhood. Filer is a mental health nurse with a unique and startling insight into mental illness, and this book highlights a much-neglected subject. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20754586-the-shock-of-the-fall

‘I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’

I’ve had this book staring at me from my TBR-pile for quite a while. Maybe some of you remember that I was reading 1984.. Well I still haven’t finished that one.
When I saw Regan (@peruseproject) talk about The Shock of the Fall, I put Orwell aside (sorry George) and started reading Filer instead.
Regan praised this book to the heavens and back because of the story and the character and yes, I do agree. Matthew Homes is a great character in the way that he talks about mental health in a very detailed and clear manner. You can actually understand. It must be extremely difficult to live that way and people go through it every day.
I don’t actually know anyone who struggles with his/her mental health so I know very little about the subject. Still, the way it was explained in the book led me to believe that now, after finishing the book, I at least know a little more than when I started.

So yes, I liked this book. But I’m sorry Regan, I didn’t love it.
I flew through it but I never really got into the story. I don’t know why, sometimes it just happens without a reason, I guess.
A week later, I remember very little and barely any names (except for Nanny Noo? I’m not even sure I’ve got that right).

It’s just not a book that will stay with me.
I will however recommend it because of the subject, because I think it’s important that books like this one are written and read.
And I’m pretty sure that other people will like it more than I did. (Isn’t that amazing how different we are and still we are made out of the same atoms?)

Love

Ellen

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