I am delighted that I have been asked to be part of this Blog Tour for Daniel Shand’s debut novel Fallow. One of my top reads for this year. It has been a pleasure doing this.
At the heart of this tense and at times darkly comic novel is the relationship between two brothers bound by a terrible crime. Paul and Mikey are on the run, apparently from the press surrounding their house after Mikey’s release from prison. His crime – child murder, committed when he was a boy. As they travel, they move from one disturbing scenario to the next, eventually involving themselves with a bizarre religious cult. The power between the brothers begins to shift, and we realise there is more to their history than Paul has allowed us to know.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Well if you want something that is totally different to current books on the market then this is it. The story is absolutely fascinating, mysterious and creeps around you so that you can’t escape until it ends. After Mikey’s release from prison his brother Paul whisks them both away into the Highlands of Scotland, away from the hounding press trying to get a glimpse of ‘The Buchanan Beast’.
At first I thought how is this book going to keep my attention just two blokes trying to avoid everyone and hiding in the countryside but boy the tension soon grew. I soon realised that getting on the wrong side of this pair or being too inquisitive wasn’t good for the health. At this point in the book I really did not like either of the brothers.
The story goes from present time back into the past where they are both still children 13 and 15 to a day that would change so many peoples lives forever. A breaking point of bubbling emotions that couldn’t be reeled back in. A little of this fatal day is revealed bit by bit until the reality of it all has to be faced again. As the book progressed I realised, be it right or wrong, I had mellowed to these broken brothers. I don’t know if that was what the author had intended or not, but I had.
This novel is beautifully written and draws you into a very special bond between these two brothers. There are some pretty violent scenes in this book but wow please read it, it is a belter!
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