Genre: General Fiction
‘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.’
There are books you can’t stop reading, which keep you up all night.
There are books which let us into the hidden parts of life and make them vividly real.
There are books which, because of the sheer skill with which every word is chosen, linger in your mind for days.
The Shock of the Fall is all of these books.
The Shock of the Fall is an extraordinary portrait of one man’s descent into mental illness. It is a brave and groundbreaking novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction
We place memories on pieces of paper to know they will always exist – Matthew Homes
Truly beautiful. Imagine The Bell Jar meets Its Kind of a Funny Story. Truly disturbing yet you’re hoping he heals naturally in the end.
I really recommend this read if you’re looking for mental health themed books. I believe this book is a bit underrated and may be hard to get into, but reading what Matthew goes through in his decline of mental health is very heartbreaking. You can’t help but to root for him but as we all know, realistically it is difficult to get back up after being in the pit for so long. It is a good reflection of the turmoils of mental disability.