The Shock of The Fall by Nathan Filer ~Goodreads~
Published by The Borough Press 2014
Paperback 320 pages ~The Book Depository~
I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.
This is the only information you get of this book.
The Shock of The Fall is a story told by Matthew Homes who is a mentally ill nineteen year old. As he consistently and intentionally exposes himself as the author communicates openly with the reader. Excuses are made when Mathew is unable to explain something or give more information, and makes constant remarks about his mental stability and the reasons for writing his story.
Matthew’s problems stem from when he loses his brother Simon, a child with special needs whom Matthew had often resented from being the centre of their parents’ attention. After Simon’s death he keeps on living inside Matthew’s head as a product of his illness.
Throughout the book it is hard to determine which parts of his story are in fact true and others that are the product of his damaged mind. Even though he grows throughout the book, his mental illness isn’t taken lightly like it can be fixed overnight. Its constant and a long struggle that he needs to accept and put his mind at rest.
I found this novel to be extremely moving and something I might not otherwise had read if it hadn’t been in the “must-read” section of the bookshop, but I was blown away by this sensitive and captivating story. Its simply one of those books you don’t want to stop reading, and it brought out the hidden aspects of life and made them vividly real.
I’m looking forward to seeing what Nathan Filer writes next.