Fallen Angels by Chris Brookmyre

Genre: Thriller
Source: Little Brown
Rating: 4/5

About The Book

To new nanny Amanda, the Temple family seem to have it all: the former actress; the famous professor; their three successful grown-up children. But like any family, beneath the smiles and hugs there lurks far darker emotions.
Sixteen years earlier, little Niamh Temple died while they were on holiday in Portugal. Now, as Amanda joins the family for a reunion at their seaside villa, she begins to suspect one of them might be hiding something terrible…
And suspicion is a dangerous thing.

My Thoughts

This had been a slow paced psychological thriller; with multiple characters on it and a twisted and emotional story to be told which will surprise any reader.
It was a little difficult in the beginning getting centered on the story, between the characters thoughts and travelling between the past and the present I wasn’t sure what was the story about. Something terrible happened in a paradisiac villa in Portugal, the family was broken and now, many years after, the family has been reunited again to say the last goodbye to the famous Max Temple, the patriarc of the family. But don’t be flashed with this family status, they have some dark hidden secrets that will frighten any decent reader; they always say that even in the best families there are secrets, don’t they?
While we discover the Temple’s family, we will meet their neighbours too, they were there that horrible day, but now their fate will be sealed for what they saw. And the only one that will be objective enough to try to discover the truth will be Amanda, the nanny they have hired to take care of their new son…
I don’t want to share my opinions with all the characters because it will spoil the read and I will possibly make some spoilers without being aware of them, let’s just say that not all of them are nice people. And there were so many “tabu” themes on this book that I was totally surprised reading them, but it is always interesting to read a book that doesn’t have fear to make the reader think about what they have read and want to talk about. That’s for me one of the most interesting things of reading a good book, wanting to talk about and recommend it!
I would praise you to take a chance on “Fallen Angels”, the story is full of layers and complexity, even if I saw the full story since the beginning, I am sure the twists are not easy to discover and will delight any reader!

About The Author

Christopher Brookmyre (born 6 September 1968) is a Scottish novelist whose novels mix comedy, politics, social comment and action with a strong narrative. He has been referred to as a Tartan Noir author. His debut novel was Quite Ugly One Morning and subsequent works have included One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night, which he said “was just the sort of book he needed to write before he turned 30”, and All Fun and Games until Somebody Loses an Eye (2005). Between April 2008 and December 2015, he was the President of Humanist Society Scotland.