At the school gates, there’s no such thing as yesterday’s news . . .
When Liza’s little boy has an accident at the local health club, it’s all anyone can talk about.
Was nobody watching him?
Where was his mother?
Who’s to blame?
The rumours, the finger-pointing, the whispers – they’re everywhere. And Liza’s best friend, Sarah, desperately needs it to stop. Because Sarah was there when it happened. It was all her fault.
And if she’s caught out on the lie, everything will fall apart.
Rebecca Thornton is an alumna of the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course, where she was tutored by Esther Freud and Tim Lott. Her writing has been published in The Guardian, You Magazine, Daily Mail, Prospect Magazine and The Sunday People amongst others. She has reported from the Middle East, Kosovo and the UK. She now lives in West London with her husband and two children. The Fallout is her third novel.
This is a story about guilt, secrets, gossip and why we should be honest with our friends.
Sarah ties herself in knots trying to do the right thing without admitting her own mistake, all the time convinced its someone else’s fault really.
The women at the centre of the story go round in circles, never fully knowing the others, never fully understanding the lives and pain hidden behind the facade of middle class success.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in this blog tour but all opinions remain my own.