"I could stop, I could let Freya fade away into the past. Leave the door locked. Let the questions remain unanswered. Forget.
Yeah. There was never really any chance that was going to happen."
The main character, Jess Tennant, is a teenager who finds a mystery in everything – or so her Mum always says. For six weeks in the summer Jess and her Mum set off to her Mum’s hometown Port Sentinel, which Jess (a London city girl) isn’t too pleased about.
Jess is reminded by her Mum about a certain situation; her cousin Freya’s death, which had taken place almost a year ago. The spooky and strange aspect is that Jess looks uncannily like her deceased cousin Freya and when she and her Mum arrive in Port Sentinel she turns heads, is given odd stares and notices the odd whisper.
Very quickly she realises by her use of deduction that there is something more to her cousin’s death than others are letting on.
Before long Jess gives herself the task of finding out the truth about Freya’s death, to answer the question: was it suicide or was it murder?!
Overall, I really enjoyed the novel. It kept me guessing from start to finish with cliffhangers and the secrets people were keeping on the subject of Freya and her death.
It is definitely a great take on a YA murder mystery and Jane Casey has done an excellent job of making the storyline believable, full of suspense and heartfelt.
My rating is 4.5/5, a .5 away from a full mark as I would have preferred the romantic relationship between Jess and another character to have been more drawn out.
‘How To Fall’ is Jane Casey’s first YA novel.
Review by Aisha Otiti.
How To Fall by Jane Casey