My thanks to Sara Downing (the author), TCK Publishing (the publisher) and Maria (Author Support Specialist at TCK Publishing) for sending me an ARC of I Let You Fall. Links to the author, publisher and the book can be found at the bottom of this post.
Quick Review (read on for full review)
A thought-provoking, poignant paranormal love story, I Let You Fall takes you on an emotional rollercoaster of journey. 4 / 5
Summary (from Goodreads)
On a summer night in London, art teacher Eve Chapman finds herself in a hospital emergency room. She watches surgeons desperately operate on a young woman with a terrible head injury. But when the bandages are removed, Eve is horrified to find her own body on the operating table.
Trapped in a coma, Eve struggles to cope with the fact that no matter how hard she tries, her family and friends cannot see or hear her. But then she meets Luca Diaz, a handsome and comatose lawyer who can see her. He takes Eve under his wing and teaches her how to use her new abilities to help the living.
As the weeks pass, Eve struggles to find a way back to her body and to Nathan, the man she loves. But the more time she spends with Luca, the more she wonders if her old life is worth going back to at all.
“Eve decided then and there that she would be very different if she got back into her body. She would be that person who looked up and smiled, that person who struck up conversation, just because.”
(From I Let You Fall by Sara Downing, page 143)
I Let You Fall is a poignant paranormal love story.
Eve Chapman is an interesting character and her story is a fascinating one. She isn’t special, nor is she extraordinary. She’s just an ordinary woman, an art teacher in a school, who’s in a relationship with Nathan, and who thinks she has a full and meaningful life. But when a serious accident befalls her, something quite extraordinary happens.
Eve finds herself in the hospital to discover her conscious, spiritual self has been separated from her physical body – and that is in a coma. Unseen and unheard by all those around her, she has to cope with being invisible to everyone, which is made all the more difficult when she can see how her being in a coma places a great stress and worry on those she loves.
However, a meeting with Luca, a man who has also been separated from his physical body, changes her outlook, and the things he has to say will reveal some truly wonderful things. Thought-provoking and emotional, the journey Eve goes on is staggering as she explores a world in-between.
One of my favourite parts of how the story was told was it was done from both the viewpoint of Eve in her spirit form and Eve in the coma. I thought this was cleverly written and added an extra depth to the storytelling. The very heavy topics of death, loss and grief are sensitively handled and perfectly balanced with compassion, comfort and understanding.
At the same time as Eve’s story is unfolding, other stories are also playing out, weaving in and out of each other. This really is a heart-warming story of connection, interconnection and re-connection.
I Let You Fall is a quick read, but be warned, it’s an emotional rollercoaster of a story.