Josh and Ben are nine years old and best friends, until a single, careless act in the school playground destroys the lives of both families – and wrenches their small Manhattan school apart.
As both mothers Maddie and Joanna try to find out what really happened between the boys, they discover the truth is far more complicated and painful than either of them could have ever realised… with lasting repercussions for both families.
And when tragedy strikes again in the most unexpected of ways, the lives of these two women will be changed once more, and this time forever.
When He Fell explores the issues of parental responsibility and guilt, and whether there are some acts that human nature just cannot forgive…
When a child has an accident, you do not have to be a parent to feel concern. Kate Hewitt’s novel by far the best at ensuring the readers emotion her top priority.
From the first page I felt for Maddie. Her son Ben has had a fall and is now critical in an induced coma.
Juliet is Maddies friend. She witnessed the accident but seems reluctant to give Maddie any details or even give any comfort.
When it comes to light that Josh, Ben’s friend may be the one who pushed Ben the guilt of the child and parents involved make this tale one of the most emotive I have ever read. There are a lot of secrets and the question to be asked is ‘Why’?
I loved this book, Kate’s writing about blame, guilt, neglect, hopes and wishes is brilliant. My imagination went into overdrive.
The relationship between Joanna, Lewis and Maddie makes the reader ponder.
it is not a light-hearted read. There is tragedy on all sides.
A truly shattering, moving tale.