Rise And Fall by Casey Kelleher


Book Description:

Louise Alden learnt from a young age that you can’t change the cards that life deals you; you just have to learn how to play the game. With money in her pocket and a new boyfriend at her side, life on the estate has never been better.
Until Louise uncovers a deadly secret; now nothing will ever be the same again.

Jerell Morgan was born evil. Even his Bible preaching grandma, who raised him back home in Kingston, Jamaica, couldn’t drive away the wickedness that festered inside him as a child.
Now busy making a name for himself, Jerell is prepared to do whatever it takes to live the life that he has always dreamt of.
He is on the rise, and London doesn’t know what’s about to hit it.

“Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.”
~ William Shakespeare

My Thoughts:


Having just finished this book, my emotions are all over the place.

I don’t think a story has ever chilled me to the bone like this one has, yet I am experiencing a mixture of happiness, sadness and anger.

Having read the book description, I don’t think it prepared me to the true horror of how evil Jerrell is. I think some readers will find part of the story line quite upsetting as I certainly did, yet the author writes about a subject that is truly awful without going into to much detail but just giving the reader just the right amount of information.

I loved Jamie, he really is a strong character. He leaves home at the age of fifteen, after years of enduring a waste of space for a mother and basically being neglected. Luckily for Jamie he falls on his feet when he walks into Gary’s garage who then takes him under his wing and becomes like a father figure to him.

Unfortunately the trade of dodgy cars that has kept the garage going is drying up due to rival Jerrell trying to make his mark in the area. Jamie and Gary decide it’s time to take Jerrell out but things don’t go to plan and Jamie makes a shocking discovery that totally rocks his world.

Jerrell I hated! I am not a violent person but boy did I want something really bad to happen to him. He has no thought for anyone but himself. He uses everyone and has no respect for Louise and the others that work under him. He truly is a nasty piece of work.

I really enjoyed the bond between Gary and Jamie. By the end of the novel a few of the other characters had grown on me also and I would love for there to be some sort of follow up novel to this one so the reader could catch up with them a few years later.

Rise and Fall is a novel that really grabs hold of you. It took me on an emotional roller coaster of a ride. Some parts were uncomfortable to read and I did find them upsetting, but I don’t think the story would have been anywhere near as brilliant if the author had dusted over the harrowing subject.

A highly recommended read.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Rise and fall is available to purchase from Amazon.

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