Author: Emily Hainsworth
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 16th 2016
WHO KILLED GRETCHEN MEYER? Fear grips the residents of Hidden Falls the night Sonia Feldman and her best friend, Gretchen Meyer, are attacked in the woods. Sonia was lucky to escape with her life, but Gretchen’s body is discovered at the bottom of a waterfall. Beautiful, popular, and seemingly untouchable, Gretchen can’t be gone. Even as Sonia struggles with guilt and confusion over having survived, the whole town is looking to her for information…could she have seen something that will lead the police to the killer? At the top of the list of suspects is Gretchen’s ex-boyfriend—and Sonia’s longtime enemy—Marcus Perez. So when Marcus comes to Sonia for help clearing his name, she agrees, hoping to find evidence the police need to prove he’s the killer. But as Gretchen’s many secrets emerge and the suspects add up, Sonia feels less sure of Marcus’s involvement, and more afraid for herself. Could Marcus, the artist, the screwup, the boy she might be falling for have attacked her? Killed her best friend? And if it wasn’t him in the woods that night…who could it have been?
*This review does contain spoilers. The part where I talk about the killer will be italicized so you can skip*
Take The Fall is a good example of a unhealthy friendship between two characters. Gretchen was a manipulative, queen bee that got her way in everything she wanted. She dragged others down take me her self seem better. Gretchen enjoyed the control she had over other people. As bad as I feel for Sonia, she just went along with it. At the end when she confessed what truly happened to Marcus, there was opportunity to walk away fron Gretchen and she never did. Instead she continually let Gretchen manipulate her and walk all over her. I predicted that Sonia killed her all along, there weren't many hints that pointed towards it so I am calling it a gut feeling, but no other characters really fit the bill of a murder through out the story.
The predictability killed some of the enjoyment of the story for me but I am more frustrated with the ending. I would have liked to see the after math of Sonia's confession. Is she arrested? What happens with her and Marcus? Does she get UPenn after all? The story ends just as she begins her confession to the sheriff leaving the reader wondering what happens next to Sonia and other major characters.
The most nail biting happened towards the climax of the story and it was one surprise after the other (It was the only part of the book I didn't predict) You finally think you know who the killer is and then you are tossed up in the air once again. Secrets are revealed, characters change. It was crazy and well written. Though predictable I enjoyed Take The Fall, it was a quick murder/mystery/thriller for a rainy day!