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The brilliant, fearless, deeply flawed Nora Watts—introduced in the "utterly compelling" (Jeffery Deaver) atmospheric thriller The Lost Ones—finds deadly trouble as she searches for the truth about her late father in this immersive thriller that moves from the hazy Canadian Pacific Northwest to the gritty, hollowed streets of Detroit. Growing up, Nora Watts only knew one pa The brilliant, fearless, deeply flawed Nora Watts—introduced in the "utterly compelling" (Jeffery Deaver) atmospheric thriller The Lost Ones—finds deadly trouble as she searches for the truth about her late father in this immersive thriller that moves from the hazy Canadian Pacific Northwest to the gritty, hollowed streets of Detroit. Growing up, Nora Watts only knew one parent—her father. When he killed himself, she denied her grief and carried on with her life. Then a chance encounter with a veteran who knew him raises disturbing questions Nora can’t ignore—and dark emotions she can’t control. To make her peace with the past, she has to confront it. Finding the truth about her father’s life and his violent death takes her from Vancouver to Detroit where Sam Watts grew up, far away from his people and the place of his birth. Thanks to a disastrous government policy starting in the 1950s, thousands of Canadian native children like Sam were adopted by American families. In the Motor City, Nora discovers that the circumstances surrounding Sam’s suicide are more unsettling than she’d imagined. Yet no matter how far away Nora gets from Vancouver, she can’t shake trouble. Back in the Pacific Northwest, former police detective turned private investigator Jon Brazuca is looking into the overdose death of a billionaire’s mistress. His search uncovers a ruthless opiate ring and a startling connection to Nora, the infuriatingly distant woman he’d once tried to befriend. He has no way to warn or protect her, because she’s become a ghost, vanishing completely off the grid. Focused on the mysterious events of her father’s past and the clues they provide to her own fractured identity and that of her estranged daughter, Nora may not be able to see the danger heading her way until it’s too late. But it’s not her father’s old ties that could get her killed—it’s her own.


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The brilliant, fearless, deeply flawed Nora Watts—introduced in the "utterly compelling" (Jeffery Deaver) atmospheric thriller The Lost Ones—finds deadly trouble as she searches for the truth about her late father in this immersive thriller that moves from the hazy Canadian Pacific Northwest to the gritty, hollowed streets of Detroit. Growing up, Nora Watts only knew one pa The brilliant, fearless, deeply flawed Nora Watts—introduced in the "utterly compelling" (Jeffery Deaver) atmospheric thriller The Lost Ones—finds deadly trouble as she searches for the truth about her late father in this immersive thriller that moves from the hazy Canadian Pacific Northwest to the gritty, hollowed streets of Detroit. Growing up, Nora Watts only knew one parent—her father. When he killed himself, she denied her grief and carried on with her life. Then a chance encounter with a veteran who knew him raises disturbing questions Nora can’t ignore—and dark emotions she can’t control. To make her peace with the past, she has to confront it. Finding the truth about her father’s life and his violent death takes her from Vancouver to Detroit where Sam Watts grew up, far away from his people and the place of his birth. Thanks to a disastrous government policy starting in the 1950s, thousands of Canadian native children like Sam were adopted by American families. In the Motor City, Nora discovers that the circumstances surrounding Sam’s suicide are more unsettling than she’d imagined. Yet no matter how far away Nora gets from Vancouver, she can’t shake trouble. Back in the Pacific Northwest, former police detective turned private investigator Jon Brazuca is looking into the overdose death of a billionaire’s mistress. His search uncovers a ruthless opiate ring and a startling connection to Nora, the infuriatingly distant woman he’d once tried to befriend. He has no way to warn or protect her, because she’s become a ghost, vanishing completely off the grid. Focused on the mysterious events of her father’s past and the clues they provide to her own fractured identity and that of her estranged daughter, Nora may not be able to see the danger heading her way until it’s too late. But it’s not her father’s old ties that could get her killed—it’s her own.

30 review for It All Falls Down (Nora Watts #2)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Will Byrnes

    Wanting to know where you come from doesn’t make you weak…but it can make you vulnerable. It can make you crave answers about people you should belong to and places that call to your heart, answers that you’re never going to get, from questions that you don’t have the courage to ask. …disaster swoops down and grabs hold when a creature is at its weakest. Hi, My name is Nora, and I am a…um…well…uh… Investigator extraordinaire Nora Watts is struggling to come to terms with the fact that she has Wanting to know where you come from doesn’t make you weak…but it can make you vulnerable. It can make you crave answers about people you should belong to and places that call to your heart, answers that you’re never going to get, from questions that you don’t have the courage to ask. …disaster swoops down and grabs hold when a creature is at its weakest. Hi, My name is Nora, and I am a…um…well…uh… Investigator extraordinaire Nora Watts is struggling to come to terms with the fact that she has actually killed someone, ok, maybe more than one someone. And even if it was in self-defense, in the line of duty, it still leaves a psychic mark. Sadly, there is no such entity as Killers Anonymous where she can take her woes, so Nora transforms the details of her experience to fit more comfortably into another meeting. I mean, she has had some serious substance issues, so it is not all that much of a stretch whether it is a booze, drugs, or some other Anonymous meeting, right? Nora has two families. Her biology-based crew consisting of a daughter in another city, a sister with whom she is not exactly on the best of terms, a missing mother and a late father. Her constructed family consists of a diverse crew of misfits, including a cross-dressing computer expert, a recovering alcoholic of an investigatory sort-of-friend, an erstwhile employer who is enduring a life-ending illness and a stray pooch with an eye for furry studs. Her kidnapped daughter safely retrieved in Book 1 of this series, Nora is ready to take on another family challenge. After a mysterious military veteran associate of her father (Marines – Lebanon – when the US presence was under significant terrorist attack) tells her that he wanted to finally fulfill a promise he had made to her father to check in on her, (Jeez, took his bloody time, din’t he?) her curiosity is piqued and she begins looking into what had happened to long-lost dad. Why did he kill himself way back when? Cue quest. Pops had been taken from his Native family in a national disgrace of a program known as the Sixties Scoop, and was given to a white family in Detroit to be raised. Some Canadian Dream, eh? So, Nora heads off to Motown to do some poking around. I edited the sequel to #TheLostOnes/#eyeslikemine largely at an Irish whiskey bar, after hours. Every day, when the bar was closed to the public, I worked in the presence of temptation, immersing myself in a character who just so happens to be a recovering alcoholic. ‘You saved me’ by Gary Clark Jr. played on a loop on my headphones. This is what I’ve learned from the experience: Office space is expensive. Whiskey bottles are pretty. Gary Clark Jr soothes my soul. – From Kamal’s Instagram Pages Bernard Lam, a billionaire client from The Lost Ones, is mourning the passing of the love of his life (someone other than his new wife) due to an overdose. Bereft at this, he wants Jon Brazuca, an ex-cop, ex-security agent, and current PI, who is still recovering from what Nora did to him in the last book, to find out how his darling, Clementine, got lost and gone forever. Lam is eager to learn who might have had a hand in the event, so he can apply his considerable fortune to a vengeful end. Brazuca’s investigation into the source of Clementine’s drugs, and Nora’s mission to find the truth of her father’s sad demise provide the two parallel story lines in It All Falls Down. Any chance that the two investigations might just, you know, somehow, intersect? Duh-uh. The action skips along at a lively place, with both Braz and Nora kept busy coping with very bad people intent on derailing them from their investigatory aims, with a nice side helping of physical harm. Nora, in particular, must run a seemingly endless gauntlet of people eager to put a permanent end to her inquiries. Ok, this shot is from a fire in Washington State, but you get the idea – image from Williamette Week Volume 2 Nora remains a compelling character, a flawed, well, very flawed actor with more downside than a flock of geese. There is one particular tick that Kamal assigns Nora that pushes her from the flawed into the creepy. But maybe that’s just me. It did not interfere with enjoying the book, or caring about Nora and Braz finding out what they need to find out. There was one change to Nora, though, that I found a tad disappointing. Her super power, the ability to unerringly spot lies, has been significantly dampened, after a particularly unpleasant watery trauma at the end of the prior book. How reliable is her personal device with a sputtering charge? And is it ok to take away one of a character’s major advantages? That talent was definitely a nice-to-have, and I missed her having it here. Kamal offers up a bit more of the local color that so beautifully informed her prior book. Of course, the colors here tend to be in the darker end of the spectrum, both in BC and in Detroit. In addition to noting the Sixties Scoop program, she offers a less than tourist-brochure-ready look at the Motor City. The BC setting includes a nice piece of atmospheric menace with the constant peripheral presence of forest fires north of Vancouver. Fire serves here as rain did in the first book. Kamal also fills her early scenes with details of how an invasion of drugs is affecting Vancouver. Sometimes, though, the imagery can get a bit unsubtle, as when two birds of prey worry a stray duck. As The Blues played through The Lost Ones, so music informs this novel as well, with, in addition to music refs, opportunities for Nora to play some guitar and give her pipes a workout as well. It’s strange that a place like this could spawn one of the greatest soul legends alive today, but it makes a certain kind of sense. Music comes from shoving open the blinds and letting the sunshine or the darkness in. At least the blues does. Soul music is called that for a reason. If there was ever a place that stripped away the extraneous, it is Detroit…Detroit isn’t pretty, but the people left to pick up the pieces felt real to me. Which is more than I can say for beautiful but distant Vancouver, where there are no cyclists blasting love songs to cheer up the downtrodden. Maybe I’m falling for this city, even though someone here is trying to kill me. Devil’s Night image from TripSavvy.com The introduction of a new series, a new set of characters offers the delight of getting to know these people and places for the first time. The second time lacks that advantage, making it a bit tougher for an author to keep us interested. Does Kamal manage it? Yep. Nora, despite, and maybe even because of her quirks, is a fun lead. I wish she had retained her uber BS detector, but she is formidable even in its absence. She remains a kick-ass heroine, and Braz offers a nice, tough, match for her. The events they investigate are interesting, so you will learn a thing or two while on the ride. (Angel’s Night in Detroit is one that stands out) Kamal’s secondary characters remain an engaging lot. Wish she had managed to get more of Nora’s dog, Whisper, into the act this time. I was also disappointed that the AA-type meeting thing was not revisited after the opening. It would have made a nice coda. The stage has been set for Nora to continue with the family quest in the next volume, (We can hope for final answers there.) with the addition, no doubt, of some parallel evil-doing for her and Braz to look into. The Lost Ones started us on our journey with Nora Watts. It All Falls Down might have been better titled It All Builds Up, because it deepens our interest in Nora and her quest. For now, Kamal has provided a very engaging, entertaining bridge from book one to book three. I can’t wait to see what happen when she gets to the other side. It All Falls Down is one smokin’ hot summer read. Review posted – March 9, 2018 Publication – July 3, 2018 =============================EXTRA STUFF Links to the author’s personal, Instagram, and FB pages Items by Sheena Kamal -----A wonderful piece on the origin of Nora Watts and Kamal’s decision to write her as a novel rather than a screenplay – for Powell’s - Rain and the Blues -----Kamal’s article in the Irish Times on some northern history - A Cautionary Tale about the Canadian dream Bits and pieces -----A wiki on the notorious Canadian Sixties Scoop program -----Some info on Devils/Angel’s Night in Detroit Musical refs of note -----Amy Winehouse performing Rehab -----Gary Clarke performing If Trouble was Money -----Lyrics to Oh My Darling, Clementine

  2. 5 out of 5

    Roxane

    It was great to get back into Nora Watts’s world. This second novel was interesting and well written but the overall mystery wasn’t as compelling. It did however set up the next book really well. Appreciated seeing more of Brazuca and seeing how Nora has evolved since the events of Book 1. Excited for the next book in the series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

    “She never mentions the word addiction In certain company. Yes, she'll tell you she's an orphan After you meet her family. "She paints her eyes as black as night now. Pulls those shades down tight. Yeah, she gives me a smile when the pain comes. The pain gonna make everything alright. "Says she talks to angels. They call her out by her name. Oh yeah, she talks to angels. Says they call her out by her name.” --She Talks to Angels, The Black Crows, Songwriters: Christopher Mark Robinson / Rich S. Robinson Re “She never mentions the word addiction In certain company. Yes, she'll tell you she's an orphan After you meet her family. "She paints her eyes as black as night now. Pulls those shades down tight. Yeah, she gives me a smile when the pain comes. The pain gonna make everything alright. "Says she talks to angels. They call her out by her name. Oh yeah, she talks to angels. Says they call her out by her name.” --She Talks to Angels, The Black Crows, Songwriters: Christopher Mark Robinson / Rich S. Robinson Recently, I was introduced to Nora Watts when I read Sheena Kamal’s The Lost Ones, and I was intrigued by this damaged and daring young woman who seems to make her own rules and expect others to respect those rules. She’s smart, quick-witted, and even ruthless when need be, while at the same time managing to be somewhat quirkily charming, all the while jugging her own personal demons. ”During my share, I settle for telling my fellow nutjobs that I feel like I’m being shadowed by my demons, and they nod in understanding. We are strangers who all know one another’s deepest secrets, bonded in the sacred circle of a urine-stained meeting room in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. They lift their anemic arms in polite applause afterward and we disperse from the collapsed circle. We are blessedly strangers again.” In It All Falls Down,prompted by a veteran’s story about her father, Nora goes in search of the truth about her him, her father had died when she was quite young. She once again leaves her dog, Whisper, and Vancouver behind and heads to Detroit, where her father grew up – but that wasn’t where he was born. Her father was one of approximately 20,000 Canadian Indigenous children who were taken from their families and were placed in foster homes, or adoption between the 1950s into the 1980s. Needless to say, her search isn’t a walk in the park. What Nora finds when she gets to Detroit is trouble, but then it seems to follow her wherever she goes. Those that have tried to help, look after her in the past, are back in the Pacific Northwest trying to figure out where she’s gone and how to reach her, a band of damaged souls, themselves. Kamal never allows the story reach a point where the reader’s interest wanes, but neither is this story told at a frantic pace. This is a well-paced story with just enough tension to keep you from wanting to put this down, especially if you’ve read The Lost Ones, as you’ll want to see how Nora fares, and if, indeed, It All Falls Down. My only quibble was that Nora’s internal BS detector, which was so much a part of who her character was in The Lost Ones was on the fritz, leaving her to go about her days like the rest of us mere mortals. I hope Ms. Kamal is able to locate it, get it back in working order for the next book in this series. Pub Date: 3 JUL 2018 Many thanks for the ARC provided by William Morrow / Harper Collins

  4. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    It All Falls down is the sequel to the fabulous The Lost Ones. In this book is Nora Watts approached by a man that claims to have known her late father. Nora doesn't know much about her father, and the man's inquest about her and her sister makes her search for facts about her father. This eventually takes her from Vancouver to Detroit where Sam Watts grew up. The more she learns about her father and ultimately her mother makes her realize that the circumstances around her father suicide are mor It All Falls down is the sequel to the fabulous The Lost Ones. In this book is Nora Watts approached by a man that claims to have known her late father. Nora doesn't know much about her father, and the man's inquest about her and her sister makes her search for facts about her father. This eventually takes her from Vancouver to Detroit where Sam Watts grew up. The more she learns about her father and ultimately her mother makes her realize that the circumstances around her father suicide are more complicated than she thought. At first, the story in this book seems to be just about Nora's father. Then, Nora starts to discover more about the mother she hardly remembers. And, ultimately Nora will realize that her own ghosts are still out to get her. If you have read the first book do you know about Nora's hunt to find her daughter Bonnie (that she gave up for adoption) that disappeared. She may have brought Bonnie home, but there are still people out there that will Nora ill. I love how this book gave Nora and the reader more knowledge about Nora's parents. As the first book was about Nora and Bonnie does this feel great to get to know more about Nora and her family. Of course, Bonnie is still there in the story. Love the pics they send to each other, in a way to tentatively have a contact. Then, there is Jon Brazuca doing his own research into the death of a friend's mistress. That part was OK even though I much preferred when he decided to help Nora instead. The ending of the book makes me long for the next book in the series! I want to thank William Morrow for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    3.5 stars. I had no idea this was the second book in a series and it took me some time to get into the story. But once I did-I was completely gone! Sheena Kamal writes a gritty thriller and her heroine, Nora Watts is the kind of flawed character that I just cannot get enough of in books or television. Highly recommend!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Hm. My next book better be good because I’ll definitely have a book hangover... I loved Eyes Like Mine, loved this one too. Nora is a fierce young woman who trouble always seems to find her... Can’t wait for book 3! I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    What I have found is that titles that have no synopsis posted on NetGalley seem to have a low pick-up rate, as if people cannot manage to search for it elsewhere on the web. Maybe people are just lazy, who knows. This is one of those with no blurb, but after reading it elsewhere on the net it sounded intriguing, it certainly didn't put me off! Okay, rant over! With advance praise from Jeffery Deaver and Lee Child, and it being recommended for fans of Stieg Larsson, Sharon Bolton and Peter Swanson What I have found is that titles that have no synopsis posted on NetGalley seem to have a low pick-up rate, as if people cannot manage to search for it elsewhere on the web. Maybe people are just lazy, who knows. This is one of those with no blurb, but after reading it elsewhere on the net it sounded intriguing, it certainly didn't put me off! Okay, rant over! With advance praise from Jeffery Deaver and Lee Child, and it being recommended for fans of Stieg Larsson, Sharon Bolton and Peter Swanson, this had me at hello. I see that this is the second in the Nora Watts series from Sheena Kamal, I haven't read the first one, but I feel this could easily qualify as a standalone title. "It All Falls Down" is what you call a real page-turner with a fantastic storyline and Nora Watts, the central character is a fascinating and well-developed protagonist who is both feisty and deeply flawed. In Nora, Kamal has created a believable and relatable main character. I plan to go back and read the first in the series in order to understand how her past has moulded her into the person she is today. The plot is taut and intricate, full of tension and suspense. The writing is excellent making the novel very simple to engage with and plenty of pace in the storyline means everything just flows naturally, this made it an absolute pleasure to read. Many thanks to Zaffre for an ARC. I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    3.5 Stars Nora Watts is a unique character, deeply flawed. She abhors most people but loves her dog. Her family is dysfunctional, but the friends she has chosen for her 'real' family all have their own issues. But she is loyal to them. Nora is approached by a man on the street who says he knew her father ... the father that killed himself 10 years ago. Not knowing her father's upbringing, the man whets her appetite for learning more about her father and plans a trip to Detroit where her father cam 3.5 Stars Nora Watts is a unique character, deeply flawed. She abhors most people but loves her dog. Her family is dysfunctional, but the friends she has chosen for her 'real' family all have their own issues. But she is loyal to them. Nora is approached by a man on the street who says he knew her father ... the father that killed himself 10 years ago. Not knowing her father's upbringing, the man whets her appetite for learning more about her father and plans a trip to Detroit where her father came from. Sh wants, no needs, to discover a reason behind his death. Instead, she finds more questions than answers. Meanwhile, PI Jon Brazuca is investigating the overdose death of a billionaire’s mistress, who may have some connection to Nora. There are multiple characters, multiple story lines. Some of it happens in Detroit, some of it in Canada. I found it hard to follow at times. This is second of a series, and I highly recommend reading the books in order to understand how Nora's past has made her into the person she is today. There is tension and some suspense, but it's on low heat. I was expecting a bit more explosive, but it never reached that plateau. Many thanks to the author / William Morrow Publishing / Edelweiss / for the advanced digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    I'm on a total roll of excellent books at the moment and It All Falls Down must be somewhere near the top of those mainly because of main protagonist Nora Watts who is an incredible character. Full review to follow.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Hall

    When Sheena Kamal blasted onto the scene with her debut, Eyes Like Mine, in a brutally brilliant shot of Canadian noir she introduced her damaged and uncompromising lead protagonist, Nora Watts to the world. In a stunning debut a deeply troubled Nora was taken from her job as a research assistant at a small private investigations firm in downtown Vancouver in search of the daughter she gave up for adoption fifteen years ago and was forced into confronting the memories of the horrific rape that l When Sheena Kamal blasted onto the scene with her debut, Eyes Like Mine, in a brutally brilliant shot of Canadian noir she introduced her damaged and uncompromising lead protagonist, Nora Watts to the world. In a stunning debut a deeply troubled Nora was taken from her job as a research assistant at a small private investigations firm in downtown Vancouver in search of the daughter she gave up for adoption fifteen years ago and was forced into confronting the memories of the horrific rape that left her pregnant and the ruthless predators responsible on Vancouver Island. Firstly, I would advise readers NOT to tackle this follow-up novel as a stand-alone as without knowledge of the hefty backstories of the characters involved and an outline of the events of Eyes Like Mine the story is unlikely to be fully enjoyed or make complete sense. Kamal neither summarises or conveys the gist of Nora’s situation sufficiently enough to make this clear or details exactly why she has unfinished business with a violent gang. A year on from the fallout of Eyes Like Mine which saw ex-alcoholic Nora take a life or two, albeit in self-defence, she remains as prickly as ever as she slowly recovers from near-drowning and a gunshot wound. Still residing in the insalubrious surroundings of Downtown Eastside she is temporarily resident in the Kitsilano home of her former boss, trusted friend and political journalist, Sebastian Crow, as he spends the remainder of his battle with terminal cancer compiling his memoirs with the aid of Nora and her devoted dog, Whisper. As Seb spends his last days living in the past a watchful Nora is taken on her own journey when she is approached by a veteran claiming to know her late father when he served in Lebanon with the US marines, all of which is news to Nora. However it is his mention of “trouble in Lebanon” and that Samuel Watt’s suicide has always bothered him that sends Nora in search of the truth behind his death and from Vancouver to the gritty streets of her father’s now neglected childhood home of Detroit. As Seb encourages Nora to get to know who her father really was without the blinkers of childhood on she must first retrieve the only memories of his life contained in a shoebox by her estranged sister, Lorelei, which aside from a few faded photos consists of five postcards from an address in Detroit and forms the first piece of her puzzle. Amid the depressing atmosphere of a once vibrant city now faced with mass desertion and thriving industries gone to seed, the hopeless spirit of the Detroit inhabitants chimes with Nora when initial answers aren’t forthcoming with Harvey, Sam’s adopted brother, decidedly hostile. Surrounded by urban detritus what Nora does manage to discover from the few marines who knew her father is enough to cast serious doubt on his having committed suicide. Abandoned by her birth mother at an early age, Nora has nothing but a removed interest for her natural mother but as she delves into Sam’s history she makes some shocking discoveries about her Palestinian mother, Sabrina Awad. Slowly it emerges that her mother’s sudden disappearance from family life was inextricably linked with her father’s violent death a year later that landed Nora and Lorelei into the failing system of foster care. But for tenacious Nora, she must first face down whoever is following her every step of the way and escape several brushes with death and tackle the mystery of the man in the park in a blazing Angel’s Night showdown. Resilient and highly flawed, Nora does not shy away from confrontation, which makes her an unenviable proposition for her opponents but firstly she must work out who all her enemies are, well aware that the her involvement in Bonnie’s case has left a legacy of unfinished business. Simultaneously a second thread of the plot is unravelling with ex-cop, ex-security agent and Nora’s old sponsor throughout AA, Jon Brazuca. Still regretting his compulsion to help Nora during her first struggle and the months it took him to kick the habit again brought on by his involvement he is after an easier and simpler life. When he is hired by billionaire playboy Bernard Lam to look into the fatal overdose of his twenty-five-year-old and four-months pregnant mistress, Clementine Chan, with the express mission to uncover her dealer and follow the supply chain upwards in order for Lam to take revenge, it presents the opportunity for a payday to retire upon. But with Clementine’s death due to cocaine laced with a synthetic opiate more potent than fentanyl called “Wild Ten”, the stakes are high and secrecy paramount for those involved. When the trail leads straight back to the enemies he and Nora made in their first outing he must once again decide where his loyalties lie. It is Brazuca’s story which offers far more in that way of intriguing investigation and in all honesty I think this element of the plot was substantial enough to support the novel alone. Removed from Nora’s day to day life after the events of the first case he is caught in a race to locate her before her enemies catch up with her. Overall I was far less enamoured with the plot of this story, which seemed flimsy in comparison to Eyes Like Mine and also proceeded as a slower pace with far less dramatic action. Nora’s story felt drawn out and despite being an engaging protagonist I was far less interested in her discoveries pertaining to Lebanon and Beirut. Disappointingly the energy of the first book was missing and it was Jon Brazuca’s investigation that I was focused upon and remained keen for the unfolding drama to get back to as Nora’s lacklustre heritage story was of little personal interest to me. When both characters cases conveniently led back to the gang behind the first investigation it felt awkwardly contrived and like Kamal was groping for something bigger to tie It All Falls Down together. Increasing seeming focused on geopolitical events and organised crime I was underwhelmed by It All Falls Down and frustrated by Nora’s preoccupation with her past, hence I doubt I will be reading future novels in the series. Not only is the plot much less cohesive and the threads of Nora and Brazuca knitted together is an artificial and clunky manner, I feel that future stories actually need to take the character of Nora someone and develop her. Whilst Kamal writes impressively and Nora Watts remains an unforgettable and fascinating heroine, I felt less emotionally moved by her plight and with a third novel apparently detailing Nora’s attempt to reconnect with her estranged teenage daughter in Toronto and once again running from the enemies she made in her sizzling debut I feel that Sheena Kamal must show she has more strings to her bow than one stunning storyline that is dragged out in every future outing in the series. With thanks to Readers First who provided me with a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Nora Watts, the character Sheena Kamal created in her novel Eyes Like Mine (also Published under The Lost Ones), was one of my favourite protagonists of 2017 and I was really looking forward to meeting up with her again. It is a very different Nora we see in Shamal’s latest novel It All Falls Down. After killing someone in order to rescue her daughter, Nora struggles not only with her conscience but has also lost the gift that had set her apart as an investigator – her ability to detect lies. She Nora Watts, the character Sheena Kamal created in her novel Eyes Like Mine (also Published under The Lost Ones), was one of my favourite protagonists of 2017 and I was really looking forward to meeting up with her again. It is a very different Nora we see in Shamal’s latest novel It All Falls Down. After killing someone in order to rescue her daughter, Nora struggles not only with her conscience but has also lost the gift that had set her apart as an investigator – her ability to detect lies. She is now living with her friend and former boss Sebastian Crow, who is dying from cancer and trying to compile his memoirs with Nora’s help. She seems even more rootless and lost without her job as investigator, her dark past still haunting her. Already a very solitary and reserved character, she is becoming even more anti-social, if this is at all possible. So when the past catches up with her in the form of an old military buddy of her father’s, she grabs the opportunity to travel to Detroit, her father’s childhood home, to try and find out more about her parents’ past. As the daughter of an indigenous Canadian man who had been taken from his birth family and raised by adoptive parents, and a Palestinian refugee mother, who vanished without a trace when Nora was a child, she has many questions about her lineage that she thought would never be answered. She is especially haunted by the suicide of her father, which saw her sister and her being put into foster care and raised as a ward of the state. The dark underbelly of Detroit offers a sinister backdrop to Nora’s search for truth, and a stark contrast to her Vancouver home. For a reader from a small remote country town, this setting was a huge eye-opener to me. With an industrial crisis hanging over the city, bringing high unemployment, drugs, violence, hopelessness and crime, Detroit seemed like a scary and joyless place to me. As soon as Nora starts digging into her father’s past, threatening to unearth some skeletons, she is attracting the attention of some very dangerous people, which sees her having to go on the run and fight for her life. I was happy to see that Nora, despite her lost superpower, was still the brash, abrasive, badass character I had been so enamoured with in Kama’s first book. She also hasn’t lost her self-deprecating humour I had enjoyed so much. Whilst Nora does her best to keep everyone at arms’ length, including her readers, she is an irresistible protagonist. However, I felt that there was a link missing between Kamal’s first novel and this one, as the story makes a huge jump forward in time to a point where I felt that I had perhaps missed another book. Nora’s and Brazuca’s stories don’t tie together well in this one, and it all felt slightly disjointed to me. I also felt it more difficult to connect to the element of organised crime and gangland activity, which was so alien to me and did not have the same emotional pull as Nora’s first quest, of rescuing a child she had given up for adoption at birth. However, as Nora discovers some pieces of her parents’ past that put everything she has ever thought into doubt, I felt myself getting more intrigued. Whilst I felt it a bit harder to connect to all the different characters in It All Falls Down than in Eyes Like Mine, and desperately missed Nora’s faithful companion Whisper, I still enjoyed this plucky character and look forward to finding out more about her in the next book in the series. As a fair warning to readers, I feel that this book would not work well as a stand-alone novel and highly recommend reading the first book in the series before delving into this storyline. Thank you to Edelweiss and William Morrow for the free electronic copy of this novel and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review. *blog* *facebook* *instagram*

  12. 4 out of 5

    Glen

    I won this book in a goodreads drawing. Nora grew up with only her father as a parent. When he kills himself, she pokes around, and finds her father was shipped thousands of miles to be adopted by an American family. Then she gets dragged into a deeper a conspiracy. It was okay, but nothing really memorable.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Orláith

    I found It All Falls Down to be quite painful to read. Not because of trauma to the characters, but because it was just so slow and boring that I had to force myself to keep turning the page. Honestly, I found this to be the most sluggish "thriller" I have ever encountered. The dialogue is uninteresting and there was nothing about the characters that made me root for them or even like them for that matter. I'm not going to go into any more detail as I hate to write such a negative review but if I found It All Falls Down to be quite painful to read. Not because of trauma to the characters, but because it was just so slow and boring that I had to force myself to keep turning the page. Honestly, I found this to be the most sluggish "thriller" I have ever encountered. The dialogue is uninteresting and there was nothing about the characters that made me root for them or even like them for that matter. I'm not going to go into any more detail as I hate to write such a negative review but if my writing this can save someone else from a wasted evening of slogging through this book then I feel I have to post this. Thank you to the publisher for sending me a free copy of It All Falls Down.

  14. 5 out of 5

    William

    . Darker beginning than her first book, sadder from the start. More pain. Again superb prose. When dogs know that they are dying, they’ll find a comfortable spot and lie there until it’s their time. There is no self-pity in their eyes. They don’t fight what’s coming. It’s their people that become fraught with anxiety at the idea that their loved one is about to die. But for the dog there is only a kind of peaceful resignation. Then she puts her finger to her lips again, waits a moment while she l . Darker beginning than her first book, sadder from the start. More pain. Again superb prose. When dogs know that they are dying, they’ll find a comfortable spot and lie there until it’s their time. There is no self-pity in their eyes. They don’t fight what’s coming. It’s their people that become fraught with anxiety at the idea that their loved one is about to die. But for the dog there is only a kind of peaceful resignation. Then she puts her finger to her lips again, waits a moment while she listens to a sound inside, then goes back to smiling at me. It’s astounding to learn the young age at which girls start keeping secrets from the alpha males in their lives. He could get used to women using him for sex, he realizes. And at least she’s honest about it. But still, he can’t quite figure her out. She seems like too sensible a woman to let grief overtake her like this. Seems people have become more complicated or he has become simpler. But he doesn’t understand how either could have happened without some kind of advance warning. Open-mic night, Nora sings: My voice, low and raspy to begin with, catches on the word Daddy for just a fraction of a second, but it becomes much too real, much too fast for me. A change comes over me as I sing now, and it has nothing to do with wanting to show up some cocky young bluesman. I’m not fine, and my daddy will never know it. So I sing about that and it is my way of reliving what that little girl saw on the day she came home from school, the day that changed her life forever. Brazuca stands and tries to hide the pity in his eyes. Women have divorced him, drugged him, tied him to a bed, broken his heart, walked away. But none of them has ever killed herself to get away from him. .

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Canaves

    The Past Is Still Coming (TW: rape/ suicide) This sequel was one I was anticipating and it didn’t disappoint! Nora has had a tough life, and the events of the first book only added more traumatic events, but she never quits nor stops moving forward, which is what leads her to leave one of the only people in her life–on his death bed–to find answers about her father. We travel from Vancouver to Detroit as Watts puts distance with her past to uncover who her father was, but her past in Vancouver is The Past Is Still Coming (TW: rape/ suicide) This sequel was one I was anticipating and it didn’t disappoint! Nora has had a tough life, and the events of the first book only added more traumatic events, but she never quits nor stops moving forward, which is what leads her to leave one of the only people in her life–on his death bed–to find answers about her father. We travel from Vancouver to Detroit as Watts puts distance with her past to uncover who her father was, but her past in Vancouver isn’t going to stop coming for her no matter how far away she is–including PI Brazuca. Watts is the kind of woman that life has beaten–repeatedly–and left her hard, mistrusting, and determined, and I love watching her navigate through the world on difficult journeys. The book has a lot of different parts–the previous “case,” her caring for a dying man, her current mission to learn about her family, working on a new relationship, and Brazuca’s current work and case–but they all flow well with each other and come together in the end leaving me once again having read a really good book and wanting more Nora Watts. (You technically do not have to read The Lost Ones because this book does catch you up BUT it gives away a lot of the solves from the first book. Plus, the first book was a great thriller so you should read it.) --from Book Riot's Unusual Suspects newsletter: http://link.bookriot.com/view/56a8200...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    Nora Watts is a great character - real, gritty, overly fond of her dog and averse to most people. I wish that I'd read the first volume in this series before this one, but Sheena Kamal makes it fairly easy to pick up on the details of her characters' pasts. The mystery here is confounding at every turn, full of dead ends and things that don't make sense - which, once the man behind so much of Nora's misfortune is revealed, actually makes perfect sense. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this Nora Watts is a great character - real, gritty, overly fond of her dog and averse to most people. I wish that I'd read the first volume in this series before this one, but Sheena Kamal makes it fairly easy to pick up on the details of her characters' pasts. The mystery here is confounding at every turn, full of dead ends and things that don't make sense - which, once the man behind so much of Nora's misfortune is revealed, actually makes perfect sense. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this and will probably be going back to pick up the first installment. I received a galley of this book via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    DNFing around 30 pages. The Lost Ones was on my TBR for a long time, and I had really been looking forward to it. I had trouble connecting with it, but still figured I would give this one a chance. I appreciate what the author is trying to do in both books, but there's way too many little stories crammed in. Everything is far-fetched and dramatic, and it's hard to believe in the things that happen in the world of these books. These might be good for someone who is just being introduced to thrille DNFing around 30 pages. The Lost Ones was on my TBR for a long time, and I had really been looking forward to it. I had trouble connecting with it, but still figured I would give this one a chance. I appreciate what the author is trying to do in both books, but there's way too many little stories crammed in. Everything is far-fetched and dramatic, and it's hard to believe in the things that happen in the world of these books. These might be good for someone who is just being introduced to thrillers, but I just found it to be too slow-paced. Thank you to the publisher for sending these books.

  18. 5 out of 5

    G.J. Minett

    I'll confess I haven't yet read book one in the Nora Watts series. It's an oversight I'll put right very soon. It All Falls Down is a real page-turner with a feisty and decidedly flawed central character who would probably have shrugged me off or flattened me if I'd tried to show any sympathy for her but whom I couldn't help loving all the same. It's intricately plotted, pacy and blessed with a cast of characters who are both distinctive and engaging. I really enjoyed this and although, as is in I'll confess I haven't yet read book one in the Nora Watts series. It's an oversight I'll put right very soon. It All Falls Down is a real page-turner with a feisty and decidedly flawed central character who would probably have shrugged me off or flattened me if I'd tried to show any sympathy for her but whom I couldn't help loving all the same. It's intricately plotted, pacy and blessed with a cast of characters who are both distinctive and engaging. I really enjoyed this and although, as is inevitable with a series, some of the backstory for book one has already been revealed, that won't stop me from reading it - the writing is that good. Definitely recommend this

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Very confusing. Too many characters. Not what I expected from reading back cover 'blurb'. There was a very tenuous connection between the multiple characters. The end was very unsatisfactory. I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mom2nine

    If I had not won this book, I wouldn't have read past the first 100 pgs, which was full of random sex and shady characters. It all seemed gratuitous, without explanation of how Nora supports herself (never did figure that one out) or why she is surrounded by so many shady people, but also ties to police. The second half finally settles into a bit of a mystery or puzzle instead of relying on shock value. Book received in goodreads contest

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    This novel was well written, which is why I was able to finish it considering the subject matter. The author effectively creates a wasteland theme within the plot and setting. I did not like the book because it was depressing, but I totally respect how well it was written.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    Nora Watts isn't your typical friend, sister, or even PI-in-training. She's antisocial, a bit abrupt in her speech and manners, but she can be loyal to those she cares about. Nora is no longer working as a private investigator-in-training as her previous bosses have separated. She's now working with one of them, a retired journalist, who's trying to finish writing his memoirs before the cancer that's decimating his body kills him off. She's moved into his home along with her dog Whisper. She's m Nora Watts isn't your typical friend, sister, or even PI-in-training. She's antisocial, a bit abrupt in her speech and manners, but she can be loyal to those she cares about. Nora is no longer working as a private investigator-in-training as her previous bosses have separated. She's now working with one of them, a retired journalist, who's trying to finish writing his memoirs before the cancer that's decimating his body kills him off. She's moved into his home along with her dog Whisper. She's maintaining contact with her biological daughter through brief text messages at her daughter's request. She's even tried to mend her relationship with her sister and brother-in-law, as much as they can be mended. She knows that Seb is going downhill fast and she knows there's nothing that she can do but be there for him when someone approaches her about her father and his past. All Nora knows about her father is that he was indigenous Canadian, adopted by an American family, and he killed himself when she was young. Shortly before he killed himself, her mother walked out on the family. Both she and her sister were raised in the foster care system and she's made her peace with that part of her past, or she thought she had until this man arrives and opens old wounds. The only way Nora can deal is to confront her father's past and that means a trip to his adopted hometown of Detroit. Shortly after arriving there, Nora is attacked by two thugs, stalked, and more. What secrets did her parents have over 30 years ago that people would still want to protect today? Will Nora be able to find these secrets before it's too late? If you read my review of The Lost Ones last year, you'll know that I loved that story and the character of Nora Watts. Well, it's been a year and now that I've read In The Grip of It and It All Falls Down, I have even more respect for this character. Nora is gritty, impulsive, tough, and above all, a survivor. She's also loyal and can be sensitive when you least expect it. It All Falls Down gives us more of Nora's backstory and with that comes an understanding of what she had to go through as a child. We also learn more about her parents and their influence on her worldview. In addition to Nora's story from Vancouver to Detroit, the reader learns that there are ties between the Triad, Nora's daughter's abduction from the past year, and Nora. There's a lot of action in this story. I could tell you all about it, but then you wouldn't need to read the book at all. What I can say is that I enjoyed the pace of this story, the characters, the action, and the settings. Ms. Kamal has crafted two stories that appear to function separately but are seamlessly intertwined. The characters and action are wholly believable and I found myself on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next. If you've read The Lost Ones, then you'll definitely want to grab a copy of It All Falls Down. If you enjoy mysteries or thrillers and you haven't read either book, what are you waiting for? Go, grab a copy of The Lost Ones to read before It All Falls Down is released. Trust me, you'll want to read this series. You can thank me later. I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. This review originally published on 07/01/2018 at http://www.thebookdivasreads.com/2018....

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary Picken

    I had not realised that this was book 2 in a series, and that whilst you can read this as a stand-alone, I’m pretty sure you will get a great deal more from it if you have first read Eyes Like Mine. That’s because our protagonist has had quite a life, and it is in understanding who she is and everything that she has been through, that we appreciate the relationships – or lack thereof – that she has today. It All Falls Down is a tough, sometimes brutal, novel with a badly mentally and physically d I had not realised that this was book 2 in a series, and that whilst you can read this as a stand-alone, I’m pretty sure you will get a great deal more from it if you have first read Eyes Like Mine. That’s because our protagonist has had quite a life, and it is in understanding who she is and everything that she has been through, that we appreciate the relationships – or lack thereof – that she has today. It All Falls Down is a tough, sometimes brutal, novel with a badly mentally and physically damaged protagonist. Written in an uncompromising tone of voice it is dark and atmospheric and deals with some pretty strong social issues among the mean streets of Vancouver. Nora Watts only ever knew her father. Her mother abandoned her and her sister early on and when her father blew his brains out she felt herself alone. She is spiky, sharp and quick to anger. For years she shielded her younger sister, Lorelei, from suffering too much of the burden of having a tough childhood, but now the sisters are pretty much estranged. Nora doesn’t seek out friendship, preferring to stand alone but her character is somewhat redeemed by a tendency to self–deprecating humour and despite how hard she tries, her difficulty in fully having us believe that she doesn’t care what she has been through. Now she’s a recovering alcoholic with a death toll behind her. An encounter with a veteran who knew her father raises disturbing questions about his life that demand answers. She sets out to Detroit, where her father Sam, grew up, far away from his people and the place of his birth as a result of the terrible Sixties Scoop policy. In Detroit, what Nora discovers about Sam’s death has far reaching consequences that she could never have imagined. In Vancouver former police detective turned private investigator Jon Brazuca is looking into the overdose death of billionaire Bernard Lam ’s great love, Clementine. His search uncovers a ruthless drugs gang, who also have a less than healthy interest in Nora, though he has no way of letting her know what he has discovered. As Nora tries to get to the bottom of her father’s past, the action is lively and unpredictable with lots of attacks and assaults which place anyone who knows Nora directly in harm’s way. The closer Nora comes to the truth, the more danger she is in, but as the pieces slowly fall into place, more people will die before Nora gets the answers she needs. It All Falls Down is well written with strong tension and a good plot. Strong and uncompromising, it packs a really strong punch and is worth reading for that alone. Nora is a fractured protagonist that you can’t help liking after all she has been through. It is clear that this is a 3 book narrative curve and then I will be interested to see what Kamal does with this character once Book 3 has been completed. Verdict: Fascinating protagonist with disturbing insight into the social policies and practices of past and present Vancouver – but read Book One first.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    It All Falls Down by Sheena Kamal is the recommended sequel to the thriller The Lost Ones (2017). Nora Watts only knew one parent growing up, her father, until he committed suicide. Now Nora is willing to open up her emotions and confront her past. Sam Watts grew up in Detroit, so Nora travels from Vancouver to the violent streets of Detroit in a search for information about her late father. Nora travels there and, instead of finding answers, she finds and even more complicated story. Then, when It All Falls Down by Sheena Kamal is the recommended sequel to the thriller The Lost Ones (2017). Nora Watts only knew one parent growing up, her father, until he committed suicide. Now Nora is willing to open up her emotions and confront her past. Sam Watts grew up in Detroit, so Nora travels from Vancouver to the violent streets of Detroit in a search for information about her late father. Nora travels there and, instead of finding answers, she finds and even more complicated story. Then, when it appears that someone has targeted her and may be trying to kill Nora, she wonders how close is she to uncovering information that someone is trying to hide. Back in the Pacific Northwest, private investigator Jon Brazuca is looking into the overdose death of a billionaire Bernard Lam,'s pregnant mistress, Clementine. His investigation uncovers an opiate ring and a connection to Nora, one that may get her killed, but he can't get a hold of her to warn her. This is a sequel and the first thing I would suggest is that you read the first novel, The Lost Ones, before It All Falls Down. Kamal assumes you have much more background information than a first time reader will have. I had to make some suppositions about what happened before in order to follow this plot. (I may have guessed incorrectly in a few instances.) Don't be like me - read this series in order. And it appears that it will be a series, or at least a trilogy. This is a good thriller - gritty, dark atmospheric. The plot seemed full of holes to me, but that could be from my lack of knowledge of the first novel. The information Nora uncovers is very interesting, but, again, there are other parts of the plot that simply just seemed confusing. Mentions of Nora's relationship to her daughter, Bonnie, is a good example of this. Without knowing the intricacies of the relationship, it left me a bit lost. The final thought: read this series in order. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins Publisher. http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2018/0...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Linda Hepworth

    The main character in this story is Nora Watts, a woman in search of answers to her complex, dark and troubled past, someone who is prepared to do anything to achieve her aims. Her father committed suicide when she was a child, abandoning her and her sister to the unsettling experience of a succession of foster homes. When approached by a man claims to have known her late father all the memories come flooding back in a deeply disturbing way. She realises that all the problems she has experienced The main character in this story is Nora Watts, a woman in search of answers to her complex, dark and troubled past, someone who is prepared to do anything to achieve her aims. Her father committed suicide when she was a child, abandoning her and her sister to the unsettling experience of a succession of foster homes. When approached by a man claims to have known her late father all the memories come flooding back in a deeply disturbing way. She realises that all the problems she has experienced in her life can be traced back to the trauma of that abandonment and so she sets off to Detroit in search of answers. However, rather than answers, she finds herself facing more questions about the truth of her past. From the synopsis of this book I thought it would be a fast-paced thriller with an interesting psychological underpinning. However, I really struggled to feel any engagement with either the story or any of the characters, most of whom felt one-dimensional and rather stereotypical. Despite being action-packed, the pacing felt slow and sluggish and, with continual references to previous events and characters in Nora’s life but no clarity about any of them, it soon became clear that this was the second book in a series. If the writing is good it should be possible to read any book in a series as a stand-alone novel but for me this one didn’t work and, very unusually for me, I conceded defeat halfway through because I found it impossible to feel engaged with the story. The author’s first novel, Eyes Like Mine, received rave reviews so it’s possible that anyone who has read that would get more enjoyment from this follow on. It’s just a shame that for anyone who hasn’t there probably isn’t sufficient filling in of the backstory to make for seamless, enjoyable reading. To end on a more positive note, I did enjoy the vivid, evocative descriptions of Detroit! With thanks to Readers First and Zaffre for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Review of uncorrected proof A year after the events in “The Lost Ones,” Nora Watts is seeking the truth about her father, Sam. She travels to from Canada to the United States where he grew up, an indigenous child adopted as part of the Sixties Scoop. Her search for information about her father leads her to the mean streets of Detroit, which serve as a vivid, well-defined backdrop for the narrative. The drugs, violence, and crime combine to give a grittiness to the story that meshes well with Nora Review of uncorrected proof A year after the events in “The Lost Ones,” Nora Watts is seeking the truth about her father, Sam. She travels to from Canada to the United States where he grew up, an indigenous child adopted as part of the Sixties Scoop. Her search for information about her father leads her to the mean streets of Detroit, which serve as a vivid, well-defined backdrop for the narrative. The drugs, violence, and crime combine to give a grittiness to the story that meshes well with Nora’s character. Meanwhile, back in Vancouver, Jon Brazuca investigates the overdose death of a wealthy man’s pregnant mistress. He uncovers a malevolent opiate ring . . . and a stupefying connection to Nora. But he has no way to warn her, for Nora has disappeared, leaving her unaware of Jon’s disturbing discovery . . . and of the danger stalking her. As in “The Lost Ones,” Nora is a flawed but well-drawn character. She’s still mean-spirited; she still acts without considering others and remains at the mercy of her personal demons. The secondary characters are believable and interesting, though not fleshed out to the same degree. The narrative is atmospheric and dark, s-l-o-w-l-y unfolding the parallel tales until the somewhat contrived non-ending ending that sets the stage for Nora’s continuing search for the truth in the next book in the series. At times, readers may find the narrative slightly disjointed as the author spins out the two main story threads. Nora’s dog, Whisper, such a bright spot in “The Lost Ones,” is, unfortunately, largely absent from this tale. Readers might want to read “The Lost Ones” before tackling this book since many references won’t be clear without an understanding of the backstory contained in that narrative. Regrettably, the offensive language remains in this grim tale, detracting from a story that might otherwise keep the reader fully engaged.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah McComas

    Even after reading this from cover to cover, I’m still not sure what the book was actually about… Nora Watts is a recovering alcoholic with a suitcase full of Daddy issues, plus Mommy and Sister issues to boot. She is living with her friend and mentor Sebastian Crow, who happens to be suffering from the later stages of cancer, and her dog Whisper, who naturally understands her in a way no human ever could. One day, Nora encounters a strange man in the park who hints that there may be more to the Even after reading this from cover to cover, I’m still not sure what the book was actually about… Nora Watts is a recovering alcoholic with a suitcase full of Daddy issues, plus Mommy and Sister issues to boot. She is living with her friend and mentor Sebastian Crow, who happens to be suffering from the later stages of cancer, and her dog Whisper, who naturally understands her in a way no human ever could. One day, Nora encounters a strange man in the park who hints that there may be more to the story of her father’s suicide than has come to light. She drops everything and races off to Detroit to find some answers. Meanwhile, ex-police-officer-turned-private-detective Brazuca is pressured into investigating the overdose of a millionaire playboy’s young mistress, which leads him deep into the shady territory of gangland. I didn’t feel that this book was particularly satisfying - I found it hard to tell if the book failed to wrap up all of the loose ends and supply the answers Nora had set out to seek, or whether by the time I got to the end I was just so bored that I had stopped paying attention. Either way, sadly I didn’t enjoy this book much at all. I found the character of Nora to be frankly annoying and didn’t feel as if she had been redeemed by the end. The plot made little sense and I could never really see where it was meant to be going leaving me feeling confused, frustrated but ultimately relieved when it was finally over. I don’t think I’ll be hunting down any more of Kamal’s books anytime soon. This one just wasn’t my cup of tea.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    MY first insight to this book was that it looked rather interesting, a book that held many twists and turns, While it does hold some insights, I found it a little hard to actually get in to it at first as there seemed to be so much information which hadn't been explained as well as the fact, that certain bits of information was repeated constantly within a few pages. (something I can find offputting sometimes) But the main dislike of the book is that, to full understand more of the story line and MY first insight to this book was that it looked rather interesting, a book that held many twists and turns, While it does hold some insights, I found it a little hard to actually get in to it at first as there seemed to be so much information which hadn't been explained as well as the fact, that certain bits of information was repeated constantly within a few pages. (something I can find offputting sometimes) But the main dislike of the book is that, to full understand more of the story line and about Nora's life,You have to of read the authors first book. I received this book as part of Readers First giveaways in return for an honest review. In part, if I had known that the book was the second in a series, I wouldn't of entered to win this book. Not only does the first book needs to be read, the whole story kind of ends on a cliff hanger with Nora, making you have to wait for the third book to continue reading about what is going on. Other than those little things, there were some parts of the book that I did enjoy, the style of writing flowed quite clearly in some places. The language was easy to understand and there was only a few characters to keep track off. Although, saying that, it can be hard to understand a little with the way each chapter seems to swap from prospective of each of the characters without much to go on or knowledge at first.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jean Kolinofsky

    I would like to thank Goodreads for providing a copy of this book for an honest review. It All Falls Down is Sheena Kamal’s follow-up to The Lost One’s. It is Nora Watts’ story and even though Kamal provides enough background from the first book, that was a story that grabbed the reader’s attention and did not let go until the end. Nora now travels from Vancouver to Detroit to discover her father’s background and learn why he committed suicide when she and her sister were children. The more she l I would like to thank Goodreads for providing a copy of this book for an honest review. It All Falls Down is Sheena Kamal’s follow-up to The Lost One’s. It is Nora Watts’ story and even though Kamal provides enough background from the first book, that was a story that grabbed the reader’s attention and did not let go until the end. Nora now travels from Vancouver to Detroit to discover her father’s background and learn why he committed suicide when she and her sister were children. The more she learns, the less she believes that it was a suicide. While researching her father, she also learns her mother’s identity and the reason her other abandoned her as an infant. Back in Vancouver, Brazuka, a private investigator and ex-cop is hired by a friend to trace the drug dealer that is responsible for the death of his girlfriend and unborn child. Brazuka is one of Nora’s few friends and when he discovers a connection to one of her former investigations that ended violently, he is unable to reach her and warn her that she is being hunted. Nora is a resourceful character who is distrustful and often brash. While she is not close to many people, her deep feelings are evident when dealing with people she has allowed to get close. If you are a fan of Stieg Larsson’s millenium series, you will definitely be looking for more of Nora Watts in the future.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Breakaway Reviewers

    A search for answers unearths more than bargained for Nora Watts is a strong but troubled woman who is caring for friend Sebastian who is dying from cancer. She has moved into his apartment with her dog Whisper and is dedicated to giving her friend the death he wants. Just a little paranoid, Nora feels she is being watched, and when she encounters a strange man while walking her dog, her life is thrown upside down when he claims to have known her late father. Looking for answers, Nora travels to De A search for answers unearths more than bargained for Nora Watts is a strong but troubled woman who is caring for friend Sebastian who is dying from cancer. She has moved into his apartment with her dog Whisper and is dedicated to giving her friend the death he wants. Just a little paranoid, Nora feels she is being watched, and when she encounters a strange man while walking her dog, her life is thrown upside down when he claims to have known her late father. Looking for answers, Nora travels to Detroit to find out the truth about his death. In doing so, she stirs up a hornets’ nest and finds herself hunted and in danger. A chance encounter with a blues singer gives her a glimpse of normal life, but then her pursuers threaten that relationship. Alone and afraid, Nora leaves no stone unturned in her search for answers and in doing so learns some uncomfortable truths about the mother who abandoned Norah and her sister when they were very young. This is a fast-paced thriller with loads of suspense and a wealth of interesting and memorable characters. Well written and well researched this is an old-fashioned thriller brought way up to date. A great read. Pashtpaws Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review.

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