Book Review: The Fall by Gilly Macmillan

“Be careful what you wish for…”

Set to be published on 25th May, The Fall by Gilly Macmillan follows Nicole and Tom and whose lives are changed overnight by a ten-million-pound lottery win. Before they know it, they’ve moved into a state-of-the-art Glass Barn conversion in the stunning grounds of Lancaut Manor in Gloucestershire. But their dream quickly turns into a nightmare when Tom is found dead in the swimming pool, with a wound on his head. Someone close to home must be responsible. But other than the young couple who live in the Manor, and their housekeeper in the Coach House next door, there’s no one around for miles. Who among them is capable of murder?


Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

An intriguing and tense mystery, The Fall is a twisty thriller with a lot going on. However, it is a bit of a slow burn…

The trouble is that Nicole and Tom and their lottery win really aren’t the centre of this story. So while you’re expecting Tom’s death – which happens in the first few chapters – to take centre stage and for the investigation into who killed him to grip you, it becomes confusing when then doesn’t happen.

Because of this, I initially found the pace quite slow, not knowing where I should be looking for clues. But eventually, it did all start to come together, and I found the ultimate revelations very clever, interesting and original.

There’s also a touch of satire which I think really complimented the more subtle suspense, which also helps to make the unlikeable characters more likeable. The ending certainly gave me a little giggle, and although I do think this is quite a domestic thriller, I believe Macmillan has been very clever with this one.


The Fall by Gilly Macmillan
Release Date: 25th May 2023
Print Length: 455 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Century / Penguin Random House


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