Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Review: It All Falls Down by Sheena Kamal

Sheena Kamal’s second book in her Nora Watts series is out and Kerry Hammond is here with her review.

Sheena Kamal has created one of the most interesting new characters I have come across in a very long time. Nora Watts first appeared in the The Lost Ones and is now back in her second installment; It All Falls Down released on July 3 in Hardcover by William Morrow. I thoroughly enjoyed The Lost Ones and was eager to get my hands on the next book in the series in order to see where Kamal would take her character.

In The Lost Ones, Nora is faced with her past when she is contacted by the parents of a daughter she gave up for adoption. When she sets out to look for her daughter, she is faced with the ghosts of her past life and the choices she has made. In It All Falls Down, Nora is once again dealing with her past; this time it relates to her parents. She and her sister, Lorelei, lost both parents at a very young age. Their mother abandoned them shortly after they were born and their father committed suicide not long after she left. The girls were sent to live with an aunt and then ended up in foster care, an experience that shaped each of their lives in very different ways.

A mysterious stranger turns up and mentions her father’s time in the military and an incident in Lebanon. This encounter sends Nora on a quest that leads her to Detroit, Michigan and once again puts her life in danger. She finds out that there was more to her mother’s abandonment and her father’s death—much more. As she unravels the information, she is forced to look at her own life and perhaps change how she has always viewed her childhood and her parents.

Book two was just as enjoyable as book one. Kamal is an excellent storyteller and Nora is an exciting character. There are writers who tell you a story and then there are those that can transport you to the world they have created; telling a story so realistically that the reader feels like they’re there in the thick of it. Kamal is in the latter category and she manages to immerse her readers in the world she has created. In this book it’s the gritty streets of Detroit with a woman whose experiences have shaped her outlook and actions. This is a series that I will continue to read and will recommend to others who enjoy this genre.

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