28 Oct 2014



SOURCE: Received for review from the author.

BACK COVER BLURB: Steve Hollis despises what he has become, the existence he has settled for.

He is leading the wrong life and dreaming of missed opportunities, following an act of revenge he cannot forget.

One person can put him back on the right path, another will lead him further astray.

But when tragedy strikes and danger slips out of the shadows, recrimination follows swiftly. As the days pass and the pressure mounts, there is only one question that Hollis must find an answer to ....

Is there a way back?

FIRST SENTENCE {Part 1: Acceptance - Chapter 1}: I dream of falling.

MEMORABLE MOMENT {Page 98}: The power of those children was seemingly without limit, like in some weird horror film.

MY THOUGHTS: A bit like one of those movie trailers which doesn't really tell you a lot (if anything) about the film, reading the synopsis of this debut novel really does not do justice to the story awaiting you.

Perhaps not the best choice of reading material for those wanting an action packed read but for those who enjoy character led books. Well, lets just say you are if for a treat.

A wonderfully insightful and thought provoking read into how relationships can change you ..... both for the better and the worse. The dynamics between the trios that were Steve, his girlfriend, Emily, and physiotherapist, Alex and that of Steve, his friend, Judo Sensei, Jack, and troubled teen martial arts prodigy, Cyan, really were fascinating.

The Ground Will Catch You explores so many issues of the modern age (bullying, friendship, disability, jealousy, displaced youth, the list goes on) largely through the eyes and psyche of Steve Hollis. Arguably some of them mundane, everyday issues and yet, tremendously compelling, the author brings them, along with the characters, to life in such a way as to make for a read that once started I got so caught up in as to find almost impossible to put down.


Stephanie Faris said...

I've read several books like that. You just can't sum it up in a synopsis, no matter how hard you try. That seems to happen a lot with character-driven stories, since there isn't a set plot as much as you're just following this person's journey.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

sounds interesting. I do really like character-driven novels. I'm glad you enjoyed this one!

Literary Feline said...

This sounds very intriguing. You are right, the synopsis isn't very revealing, but based on your review, this one sounds like a must read.

Suko said...

Your enthusiasm for this book is palpable, Tracy! I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. As you note,the synopsis doesn't reveal much about the story.

Melliane said...

It sounds like a really intense one. I like one like that from time to time, it's always interesting to feel what the author wants us to feel about the story and the characters.

Brian Joseph said...

I would definitely go with the character study over an action book.

As to mundane issues, I think that books can often tell us a lot about life when tackling them.

Kelly said...

I'm still not sure it's a book for me, but I would be willing to give it a chance based on your review. You're right...the blurb provided isn't that enticing.

Lindsay said...

I love a good character driven story. I hadn't heard of this one or the author before, thanks for reviewing it, I'd definitely look out for it, sounds a very good read.