After the Fall: A Novel by Kylie Ladd (Doubleday; $25.95; 304 pages)
I had been married three years when I fell in love.
Kylie Ladd presents an intriguing story of infidelity told from all sides of an affair in her novel After the Fall.
Energetic, spontaneous Kate has a reliable, loving and dedicated husband, Cary, but senses what she is missing when she becomes intimately involved with her close friend Luke. Denying and risking the security that their spouses and friends provide, Kate and Luke continue to manipulate their lives to be together. But nothing so risky and passionate can last forever… Or can it?
The tale is presented in the first-person. Ladd creates a realistic portrayal of how people’s lives are affected by other’s actions and choices, especially when dealing with moral dilemmas such as betrayal and infidelity. Her characters are presented with depth and the prose is intriguing, captivating and believable. Ladd delves into the psyche and demonstrates the true-to-life feelings and life changes that can occur in sensitive situations such as the ones provided in her story.
Readers should not be discouraged by this topic, as there is nothing voyeuristic about this story. Although the elements of the story are somewhat foreseeable, the story line definitely has elements that are unpredictable, which make it an even more entertaining read. I was captivated by the characters and so interested in the outcome that I was unable to put the book down.
That’s the thing about falling. It doesn’t go on indefinitely, and it rarely ends well… plunge, plummet, pain. Even if you get straight back up, even when you regain your footing, after the fall nothing is ever quite the same.
A review copy was provided by the publisher. “…a subtle, moving and perceptive story of love, loss and hope.” Sydney Morning Herald