– by Kris Bryant
First off, I’ll read anything from Kris Bryant, that’s for sure. So when the blurb of her latest novel, “Falling,” came out, I couldn’t wait to read it, obvs, not just because it’s Bryant, but the book’s subject matter! And then that aesthetically photographed cover….Let’s just say that’s prolly the first-ever book cover featuring a photo of a model as its focal point that caught my full attention. There’s just something about it – how the model was posed, the filters used, the lighting and angle of the camera lens, the flow of the hair and the clothing material – a natural flow of emotions and senses, in perspective. Contrast that with what the title could mean in the context of the story. I was effectively curious. The metaphor of the cover made perfect sense to me after reading the book. Acquiescence. Obviously, this is just my own interpretation. I could be way off from what Bryant intended. Or, the cover could mean nothing except being stunningly aesthetic! But hey, art is subjective and interpretative, innit? Speaking of the title, I like to play on words, see. A plane “falling” out of the sky. A survivor “falling” for the grieving fiancée of one of the crash victims. “Falling” from grace due to a secret. A premise ripe for an inside look into the journey of survival, second chance at life and second chance at love between two people, I’d say. Needless to say, I finished the book in one short sitting.
I must say, there were a couple of mentions in the blurb that I thought would play out like I assumed but didn’t. Interesting, though, how we make assumptions based on how we feel when reading a blurb, innit? Interpretation – it’s a thing. Anyway, I dove into the story assuming something but discovered that I had misinterpreted. My fault! No matter because I soon readjusted my mind’s lens and carried on with renewed interest with what Bryant was churning out in this ride. Needless to say, this story was pure romance deriving from the worst possible scenario between two unexpected women and a predicament that either party couldn’t shed. An intriguing journey to explore, nonetheless albeit in a different context. In other words, a straight-up, unadulterated romance, Bryant-style! Brilliant!
The first chapter literally jolted my senses to a point where I was hanging on to every word Bryant used as her tale-weaving took me to an intense, adrenaline-filled, thrilling ride from the moment Shaylie, the main character, stepped into the plane’s lavatory to the plane falling from the sky and crashed. That was one harrowing sequence that would imprint the fear of flying into anyone’s psyche, that’s for sure! The aftermath of the disaster was brilliantly and affectingly described by Bryant – the smell, the feel, the pain, the screams, the endless sense of confusion and chaos all jumbled together – I could feel the heavy air of doom and gloom and..death. Riveting!