ARC Book Review: The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo


ashley | I was expecting The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo to be a suspenseful thriller, but this is more of a coming-of-age coping-after-tragedy story than anything suspenseful. I wish I knew that a bit more going into it.

As a story of coping after a tragedy, I thought Perabo did a great job showing the desperation, confusion and guilt of the survivor, Meredith, and interweaving that with the coping of her brother Evan, who experienced a life changing accident months previous. I really liked their relationship and how they both struggled with their own situations and struggled to support each other. 

It was interesting watching Meredith change after this incident and what she did to find a safe place to cope with her experience. However, sometimes these parts dragged for me. It happened often and I found it really strayed from the story for me. I understand it was to show how Meredith disengaged with her reality to deal with these hard issues, but I found it almost distracting.

As an over all story, I can’t say I enjoyed this as much as I thought I would. The beginning spent a long time building up Meredith’s family, her parent’s relationship with each other and how they each responded differently to Evan’s situation, which grew to be a similar response to Meredith’s situation. When this traumatic situation finally happened, none of the characters had really grown on me and I actually disliked Meredith’s mother, Claire, and didn’t enjoy at all when the book’s perspective shifted to Claire’s point of view. 

That said, I did read this very quickly and didn’t get too caught up on anything I mentioned above. It didn’t take too much from the overall feel of the book, which did stir a number of different emotions. I think my inaccurate expectations put the story off a bit for me, and I didn’t necessarily like how nothing was overly resolved in the end, but it’s a strong and emotional debut, I look forward to seeing what Perabo does next.


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march 14, 2017

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