I have been toying with the idea of talking about some of my favourite books here. After reading this one, I wanted to share it with everyone, so here we go...
After The Fall, by Kylie Ladd
Firstly, let me tell you how I came across this novel. I have Twitter, or, more to the point, my friends on Twitter, to thank. I was tweeting away one evening, when the lovely writer, Jayne Kearney, announced that Kylie Ladd had joined Twitter. A couple of other writer friends began raving about her novel, After The Fall. I began following Kylie and eventually declared that, based on all the rave reviews, I would buy her book. I went straight to an online bookshop and two days later, my brand new purchase arrived (online shopping, I do love you).
Kylie is a Melbourne author, freelance writer and neuropsychologist. She is also a lovely, friendly person who I have had the fortune to 'meet' via Twitter and engage in some 'conversation' with. Her comments have also made an appearance on some of my blog posts.
This novel tells the story of two couples: Kate and Cary, Luke and Cressida. Kate and Luke fall into an affair and we are taken with them as it all unfolds. Most intriguing are the consequences 'after the fall' - from the fascinating mechanics of the new relationship, to the ways in which this new dimension affects the two marriages, and the eventual discovery of the truth.
While reading, you become so involved in the characters' lives that you want to find out the ending as soon as possible, yet do not want the book, and your relationship with these characters, to end. You want them all to live happily ever after, but at the same time you realise that could be impossible.
This is an intelligent, thought-provoking, realistic insight into the lives of those involved, told from six viewpoints (the four involved, plus Kate and Luke's best friends). The ins and outs of their lives become our property: their intimate relationships, careers, families and innermost thoughts. Kylie's writing is beautiful, poetic and will hook you from the first sentence: 'I had been married three years when I fell in love'.
I must admit, I was a little nervous about reading After The Fall, given that I had declared my intention to do so publicly to the author herself. But I was excited when I opened the cover and knew, when the first line grabbed me, that I would enjoy it. The next day, I wrote to Kylie on Twitter, blaming her for keeping me up late the night before. Her fault, for writing such a gripping story. (As an aside, I think for a writer to have that immediate feedback from her readers must be thrilling. Judging by all the smiley faces that suddenly appeared on Kylie's Twitter updates, I think she would agree.)