Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Free-Falling by Nicola Moriarty

Belinda's life is in free-fall after the sudden death of her fiancĂ© Andy. But then ghostly signs begin to appear which suggest he might not really be gone. And Belinda begins to tumble even further - until she finds his final parting gift. But will it be enough to save her? 

Evelyn McGavin, Andy's mum, is also struggling in her bereavement. She copes with her sorrow by shoplifting (once), hating Belinda (constantly) and jumping out of a plane. In her skydiving instructor, Baz, she finds an unexpected friend. But why is he so agitated when he hears how Andy died? 

Two women, united in their loss, separated by their sorrow. And yet still linked in a most unexpected way...

I shelved this book @ goodreads: 

Oh, so you can see I liked it. More than just a lot.

Every now and then a book comes along that just is the perfect fit for me.

A book that reminds me how much I love to read.

How much I love falling in love with characters.

How much I love gorgeous and funny and whimsical and perfectly put together prose.

A book that I cannot keep away from. And when I have to leave it, I am finding any moments in my day to squeeze in a few more sentences.

Even better, this was a book where, upon finishing, I went back through for the next couple of days. Just not ready to move on from the characters and the world.

I truly, sincerely, crazily loved this book. Just thinking about it now has me smiling and sighing, remembering the good times the book and I had together.

This book is just so utterly charming.

It had it all for me. I ached (surprisingly, a lot) with genuine sadness and regret. I swooned (oh my swoon!). I laughed. I felt inspired. I loved every single thing about this book. 

There's mystery elements, murder, sky-diving, manic-like shoplifting, grief, love, people behaving badly, mixed-messages, possible ghost-lingering, quirky coincidences and despair all wrapped up with humour, fun, sincerity and whole lot of heart. I loved the plot, original and true and slightly bizarre. But, more than that, I adored the characters. And when I fall in love with characters, that provides the ultimate reading experience, because for that moment, while I am with them, they are real to me. Very endearing flawed characters. 

What a gorgeous, life-affirming, moving, whimsical, original debut. With one book, Nicola has bounded on to my all time fave authors list.

Things you might want to know:

Free Falling is my favourite book this year (followed closely by an Aussie YA novel which I plan to talk about next week ;))

Nicola is one of five sisters, two of whom you may be familiar with: YA author Jaclyn Moriarty, and author Liane Moriarty. I love all three of these Moriarty girls, they are SO my kind of authors <3

I plan on rereading this very soon. In fact, I feel nostalgic about it every time I think about it, haha.

Oh, so, no review-type synopsis from me. You can find them in reviews on goodreads. I much prefer to just chat (or in this case, gush) about how much I loved this book so. 


  1. This review made me smile, Nomes! I can tell how much you loved it and I really, really want to read Nicola's debut book! Gosh that family is talented!

  2. I MUST get my hands on this book! And I'm on tenterhooks to hear about this Aussie YA novel you mentioned...

  3. Wow, Wow, Wow, I haven't been able to get my hands on a copy yet and now I'm literally busting!! Wonderful review Nomes that just made me want it more :)

  4. I thought the last name sounded familiar!
    And it does sound like a pretty awesome book! I'll try to get my hot little paws all over it :D

  5. That's quite a rave! I'm so glad you loved it so much. It's great when you find a book that takes up residence in your heart! I hope they make it available internationally soon, it's a bit too expensive on FishPondWorld at the moment :(

  6. awesome post! I love the moriarty authors TO BITS. they are some of my favourite authors of all time :)
    I haven't read this yet but I read Liane's blog post about it when it came out. I need to get my hands on this!
    I'm excited to see how Nicola's writing style compares to her sisters' :P

  7. Oh I didn't know Jaclyn and Liane had another talented sister, this book does sound fantastic and the fact that it made it to your favourite for this year makes me want to pick it up even more! Fab review Nomes! :)

  8. This sounds great, hope it becomes available internationally!

  9. SPOILER ALERT: It's Holier Than Thou.


    But in all seriousness, if this is your favorite read so far this year, I will read it by year's end.

  10. I was at my local library yesterday and picked up a flyer for this Book Launch. Thought it was good & was seriously considering of going. A few hours later, your review was posted & convinced me that I will definitely be going! It might be a bit of a hike for you though (7 hours drive or so?) Here's a link for details if you're interested:

  11. This is why I look to you for my latest Aussie recommendations! The way you talk about books you adored makes me fall in love with reading again!

  12. What were their parents feeding them? Pure awesomeness??? WIll have to check her out, because I love her sisters. :0)

  13. I'm only familiar with one of the Moriarty sisters but eek, this one sounds so good! I like that all of them are authors--they're sort of like the Bronte sisters :)

    And excellent, gushy review<333


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