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We Could Fall
By Kate Moschandreas
This is a tough book to review. I think the author, Kate Moschandreas, is a good writer, but I struggled with the concept of the story.
For the most part, I found the main character believable and realistic. I’m just not sure I liked her or that I was empathetic to her situation. She (Emmy) faced real world challenges in her marriage to Jack. Jack, though somewhat a villain, didn’t appear as realistic as I’d have liked, and the third in the triangle, Duncan, fit a stereotype for me. He reminded me of the popular high school guy who deep down was completely insecure and ran off to Hollywood after graduation because he thought being a star would fix whatever was broken inside, only it didn’t.
Emmy is a therapist, which is how she meets Duncan, of course, (because his insecure high school kid wasn't fixed). And the therapist/client thing is where I have issues with the storyline. I’m okay with suspending reality. Suspending reality is why I read. I love being taken away. Books are my Calgon. They’re my adventure, my relaxation, my different world. I’m even okay with scary, intense, extreme. I’m not okay with crossing ethical lines in a therapeutic relationship. It feels wrong to me. It feels icky. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t want to be a fly on that wall, and when I read, I sometimes imagine myself as a fly on the wall, or as the best friend of the main character. In We Could Fall, I’m not sure I could be Emmy’s best friend.
Ms. Moschandreas wants us to be empathetic to Emmy’s situation. She wants us to feel Emmy’s struggle, her push and pull of emotion, of feelings for Duncan. She wants us to understand that Emmy understands what’s happening, that she too, knows her actions are wrong, but that she simply can’t help herself.
She wants us to support Emmy’s relationship with Duncan, and I believe most readers have, and will, but I can’t.
I had a few other concerns regarding the story also.
One of my closest friends is a therapist. She schedules her appointments days, weeks, and sometimes months in advance. Emmy had openings for Duncan at the drop of a hat and didn't care about the amount of time she spent with him. While this is fiction and an escape from reality, it was too far-fetched even for me.
I feel the story was predictable and the ending familiar. If you read it, and you’re a fan of Dustin Hoffman, you’ll see what I mean.
As I said, there are many people who’ve read the story and loved it. It’s received a 4.2 rating on Amazon, with 120 reviews. 57% at 5 stars, 22% at 4 and 14% at 3. I fall into that 14% range. Let me know where you fall!
You can purchase We Could Fall on Amazon here and find the author’s Amazon page here.
~ Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
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