Book Review: Take The Fall by Emily Hainsworth

Take The Fall
Title: Take The Fall
Author: Emily Hainsworth
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Pages: 368
Format: E-ARC
Source: Edelweiss
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary


Fear grips the residents of Hidden Falls the night Sonia Feldman and her best friend, Gretchen Meyer, are attacked in the woods. Sonia was lucky to escape with her life, but Gretchen’s body is discovered at the bottom of a waterfall. Beautiful, popular, and seemingly untouchable, Gretchen can’t be gone. Even as Sonia struggles with guilt and confusion over having survived, the whole town is looking to her for information…could she have seen something that will lead the police to the killer?

At the top of the list of suspects is Gretchen’s ex-boyfriend—and Sonia’s longtime enemy—Marcus Perez. So when Marcus comes to Sonia for help clearing his name, she agrees, hoping to find evidence the police need to prove he’s the killer. But as Gretchen’s many secrets emerge and the suspects add up, Sonia feels less sure of Marcus’s involvement, and more afraid for herself. Could Marcus, the artist, the screwup, the boy she might be falling for have attacked her? Killed her best friend? And if it wasn’t him in the woods that night…who could it have been?

You know a book will be good when the first sentence is "don't think, just run." 

Take The Fall reminded me of I Know What You Did Last Summer. Remember when everyone is accusing Freddie Prinze Jr. of killing the fisherman and we all are like, "did he or didn't he?" Well, that's the essence of Take The Fall, but with one hell of a twist. All the signs point to Marcus Perez as the killer and I'm left MIND BLOWN with how the killer is revealed. Did Marcus kill Grecthen? Well, you'll have to read this book to find out. My lips are sealed.

I have never read a book that left me as shocked as Take The fall did; page after page more clues are dropped and I was more intrigued than ever. I had a clear idea of who pushed Gretchen off, but the more I read the book the more it seemed like anyone could've done it.  Everyone was a suspect to me until the last chapters.

I can't say much about the story and characters without spoilers, but I will say that Emily Hainsworth will leave you second guessing yourself and everything you thought you knew.

Believe me when I say, Emily Hainsworth is one hell of a writer. Emily is a new to me author and I am seriously looking forward to more of her books. She wrote such a suspenseful book with characters trying to solve a crime that made me feel like this should totally be a series with all the secrets kept in that town.

The only thing I have to complain about is that I would've liked an extra chapter or two because the way things left off made me want more. 

Take the Fall was full of twists and turns that I never saw coming. This is one mystery you won't want to miss.


  1. glad you enjoyed it. I am always up for a good mystery.

    1. I'm surprised with how much I enjoyed it, makes me want to read more mysteries!


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