The Fallout by Rebecca Thornton


EXCERPT: Everyone looks the same here. Block-printed athleisure-wear leggings with Olivia Cunningham’s brand new Motherhood Mania clothing-line tops. Brightly coloured slogan tees – ‘Mother’s Little Helper’ – complete with lozenge shaped pills underneath. She jolts when she realizes she can’t see Casper, his blond bowl haircut flying up and down as he leaps from level to level, before she remembers he’s safely ensconced in his Champions Forever tennis lesson.

‘See her now?’ says Liza. ‘It’s a good ‘un.’

‘Nope.’ Sarah wonders why Liza is staring at her so intently, waiting for her reaction. A Z-list celebrity, she wonders. Unbearable if it is. But, all she can really think is: why is everyone still smiling? Three days into the autumn half-term and she’s done in. Yet here they are, all the other women (and where are all the bloody men today?) bouncing around. Long, lean legs, feet in pristine trainers, chatting so animatedly. Why aren’t they exhausted? She knows she’s probably just jealous – but what’s wrong with them? She’d never stopped to think that maybe they’re all normal and it’s actually her with the problem. She rubs a mark off her own leggings. Weetabix, she guesses, from Casper’s breakfast.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: The accident.
The lie.
The fallout will be huge . . .

When Lizaโ€™s little boy has an accident at the local health club, itโ€™s all anyone can talk about.

Was nobody watching him?
Where was his mother?
Whoโ€™s to blame?

The rumours, the finger-pointing, the whispers โ€“ theyโ€™re everywhere. And Lizaโ€™s best friend, Sarah, desperately needs it to stop.

Because Sarah was there when it happened. It was all her fault. And if sheโ€™s caught out on the lie, everything will fall apart . . .

MY THOUGHTS: I tried to like this book but, honestly, it is all about self entitled, selfish, women who see their children as fashion accessories. These women are horrible, shallow, grasping creatures who judge each other by what they buy. Grasping and competitive. Ghastly.

I hate Brussel Sprouts, but faced with the choice of digesting this book or Brussel Sprouts, I would have to choose the sprouts!

The only nice thing I can say about this book is that I liked the cover. This was a dnf for me.


THE AUTHOR: Rebecca Thornton is an alumna of the Faber Academy Writing a Novel course. She lives in London with her husband and two sons.

DISCLOSURE: I listened to The Fallout by Rebecca Thornton, narrated by Charlie Sanderson and Guy Mott, published by Harper Collins Publishers. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my profile page or the about page on

This review and others are also published on Twitter and

Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone โ€“ the 50 Million Reviews mark!

9 thoughts on “The Fallout by Rebecca Thornton”

    1. I picked it up one day when I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to read….my judgement was seriously off! Some people have loved this Shalini….just not me. โค๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“š


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s