It All Falls Down

It All Falls Down

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The brilliant, fearless, deeply flawed Nora Watts&;introduced in the "utterly compelling" (Jeffery Deaver) atmospheric thriller The Lost Ones&;finds deadly trouble as she searches for the truth about her late father in this immersive thriller that moves from the hazy Canadian Pacific Northwest to the gritty, hollowed streets of Detroit.

Growing up, Nora Watts only knew one parent&;her father. When he killed himself, she denied her grief and carried on with her life. Then a chance encounter with a veteran who knew him raises disturbing questions Nora can&;t ignore&;and dark emotions she can&;t control. To make her peace with the past, she has to confront it.

Finding the truth about her father&;s life and his violent death takes her from Vancouver to Detroit where Sam Watts grew up, far away from his people and the place of his birth. Thanks to a disastrous government policy starting in the 1950s, thousands of Canadian native children like Sam were adopted by American families. In the Motor City, Nora discovers that the circumstances surrounding Sam&;s suicide are more unsettling than she&;d imagined.

Yet no matter how far away Nora gets from Vancouver, she can&;t shake trouble. Back in the Pacific Northwest, former police detective turned private investigator Jon Brazuca is looking into the overdose death of a billionaire&;s mistress. His search uncovers a ruthless opiate ring and a startling connection to Nora, the infuriatingly distant woman he&;d once tried to befriend. He has no way to warn or protect her, because she&;s become a ghost, vanishing completely off the grid.

Focused on the mysterious events of her father&;s past and the clues they provide to her own fractured identity and that of her estranged daughter, Nora may not be able to see the danger heading her way until it&;s too late. But it&;s not her father&;s old ties that could get her killed&;it&;s her own.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, [2018]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062845757
Branch Call Number: Mystery Kamal Large Type
Characteristics: 376 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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STPL_JessH May 12, 2020

Well reader, it happened again. I reread a book and realized that the problem was me. I just hadn't been paying proper attention during my first reading. I reread this book because book 3 just came out and I wanted a refresher. I really enjoyed it!

It All Falls Down is book 2 in the Nora Watts series. It's really important to read book 1. If you have not, go. Go do that now. I really love this series. Nora is such a real, flawed, and deeply human character who makes mistakes and needs second chances.

This series is more about Nora and the people in her life than the individual mysteries or crimes she encounters. It's not gory at all but the themes are very mature. Be prepared to delve into addiction, poverty, privilege, racism, and human rights. That's part of the reason I respect this series: these are not simple, formulaic crime novels. Instead, Sheena Kamal offers cultural critique and windows into communities that are often forgotten or ignored.

This book picks up about a year after book 1 finishes and yet the story continues as if no time has passed. We gain new insights into Nora's history and although the plot isn't quite as exciting as book 1, this story is important for character development and relationship building. I am excited that I don't have to wait for book 3!

Also, if you can, listen to the audiobook. It is of course narrated by my beloved favourite Bahni Turpin. No, it does not get better than Bahni!

Mar 29, 2020

This must be a series book, although the book jacket doesn’t indicate it as such. UGH! Enjoyed the read until the end and felt let down that many things were left unresolved. What a disappointment.


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