the fallout book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

When Dan informs he and his wife Sasha’s best friends, Josh and Hannah, that he has fallen in love with a younger woman and is leaving Sasha for her, loyalties and boundaries are tested. Dan looks to Josh for validation in the choices that he has made, and Josh finds himself slightly jealous of Dan’s new freedom. Meanwhile, tension rises between Hannah and Sasha as Sasha leans more heavily on Hannah than she ever has before. Hannah begins to question if it weren’t for their daughters’ friendship if they would even have one at all…

If you are looking for your next light read, Tamar Cohen’s The Fallout is not the one. It actually took me several months to make my way through this book; I was so infuriated by the actions, words, and thoughts of all of the main characters. This book is dark and depressing and weighed on me every time that I picked it up to read it. Finally, I just took a deep breath and forced myself to get to the very last page.

In the end, there was not a payoff for me with The Fallout. I liked Dan, Sasha, Josh, and Hannah even less than I did in the beginning, and what had initially attracted me to this book in the first place did not play out in the ways that I had imagined. I have to give credit to the individual who wrote the copy for the back of the book—“Soon they’re suffocating in Dan and Sasha’s secrets…and their own.” Josh and Hannah’s marriage trials were far less juicy than I had imagined. I think I’d been hoping for something a bit more along the lines of Desperate Housewives material.

To add even more to the mess that I felt this book was, there were short, italicized diary pages interspersed throughout the book. They didn’t really make sense until the very end, though perhaps if I’d read The Fallout in two or three close together sittings I may have been able to process them a bit better. I respect what Tamar Cohen was trying to do with those passages, but I can’t help but think there could have been a better way to do it.

I was truly intrigued by the concept of The Fallout; I’m no stranger to dissolved relationships and how friendships are tested and strained as a result of a separation or divorce. Sadly, I’d hoped for more from this book, and it’s pretty unlikely I’ll be tempted to read this author again.

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Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by MIRA Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.