They all fall down A novel

Tamar Cohen, 1963-

Book - 2018

Hannah had a perfect life in London-a loving husband, a great job-until she did something shocking. Something that she doesn't quite understand herself; and now she has landed herself in a high-risk psychiatric unit. Since Hannah has been admitted, two women have died...She is convinced there's a serial killer picking off the patients one by one, passing their deaths off as suicides. But why? And who will believe her?"--Dust jacket flap.

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Genres
Psychological fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Mystery fiction
Published
New York : Pegasus Crime 2018.
Edition
First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
Language
English
Item Description
Subtitle from cover.
Physical Description
371 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
1681776472
9781681776477
Main Author
Tamar Cohen, 1963- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

What if you're convinced that some of the other patients in your psychiatric-care facility didn't kill themselves but were murdered? Who will believe you? Can you even believe yourself? That dilemma faces Hannah, who can technically leave the new-agey, euphemism-loving clinic where she's been staying since both her marriage and her hopes of a baby dissolved, but she stays because the outside world is just too much. While readers try to discern whether there was even a crime here or not, various characters in Hannah's circle of dysfunction vie for the position of killer, and professionals at the clinic enact their own deadly dramas. Cohen's read-alike for The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl offers a more realistic look than those books into a disturbed mind's second-guessing and fear. Give this fast, absorbing read not only to fans of the ubiquitous Girl titles but also to A. J. Finn's superb The Woman in the Window (2018). Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this tense psychological thriller from British author Cohen (Dying for Christmas), Hannah, a young married woman living in London, did something bad that has led to her confinement at the Meadows, a private psychiatric clinic in the country. Hannah's psychiatrist, Dr. Oliver Roberts—to her "guru, Svengali, saint, sage, saviour"—is disturbed by her insistence that her fellow patients are being murdered. Despite efforts to persuade Hannah that the deaths were unfortunate suicides, neither the staff nor her family can get Hannah to drop the matter and focus on her recovery. Corrinne, Hannah's mother, hopes to assuage her daughter's fears by looking into Hannah's suspicions about Dr. Roberts and his past. As the evidence builds against the psychiatrist and those around him, Corinne must decide whom to trust: her daughter and her fragile sense of reality or the professionals at the Meadows. Cohen convincingly portrays Hannah's shaky belief in her own perceptions and Corinne's determination to risk all to help her child. Only the tangled ending disappoints. Agent: Felicity Blunt, Curtis Brown. (Mar.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

After Hannah is admitted to a high-risk psychiatric unit, she has a hard time convincing anyone that a serial killer is methodically ending the lives of the other patients in her ward in this new novel by the author of Dying for Christmas.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest meets Orange is the New Black in this new psychological thriller, where a new patient suspects that women at her high-risk psychiatric clinic are being stalked by a serial killer . . .Hannah had a perfect life in London'a loving husband, a great job'until she did something shocking. Something that she doesn't quite understand herself; and now she has landed herself in a high-risk psychiatric unit.Since Hannah has been admitted, two women have died, including Charlie, one of her closest friends in the institution. It's a high-risk unit, the authorities say. Deaths happen. But Hannah knows Charlie wouldn't have killed herself. She is convinced there's a serial killer picking off the patients one by one, passing their deaths off as suicides. But why? And who will believe her?Corinne, Hannah's mother, is worried sick about her eldest daughter. She hates that she's ended up in the unit, though she knows it's the best place for her to get the treatment she needs. At first, Corinne assumes Hannah's outlandish claims about a killer in the unit are just another manifestation of her psychological condition, but as she starts to uncover strange inconsistencies surrounding the unit's charismatic director, Dr. Roberts, she begins to wonder if her daughter might have stumbled upon the truth.But who can Corinne trust, when she doesn't even trust her own daughter?

Review by Publisher Summary 3

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest meets Orange is the New Black in this new psychological thriller, where a new patient suspects that women at her high-risk psychiatric clinic are being stalked by a serial killer . . .Hannah had a perfect life in London'a loving husband, a great job'until she did something shocking. Something that she doesn't quite understand herself; and now she has landed herself in a high-risk psychiatric unit.Since Hannah has been admitted, two women have died, including Charlie, one of her closest friends in the institution. It's a high-risk unit, the authorities say. Deaths happen. But Hannah knows Charlie wouldn't have killed herself. She is convinced there's a serial killer picking off the patients one by one, passing their deaths off as suicides. But why? And who will believe her?Corinne, Hannah's mother, is worried sick about her eldest daughter. She hates that she's ended up in the unit, though she knows it's the best place for her to get the treatment she needs. At first, Corinne assumes Hannah's outlandish claims about a killer in the unit are just another manifestation of her psychological condition, but as she starts to uncover strange inconsistencies surrounding the unit's charismatic director, Dr. Roberts, she begins to wonder if her daughter might have stumbled upon the truth.But who can Corinne trust, when she doesn't even trust her own daughter?

Review by Publisher Summary 4

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestOrange is the New Black

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Hannah had a perfect life in London—a loving husband, a great job—until she did something shocking. Something that she doesn’t quite understand herself; and now she has landed herself in a high-risk psychiatric unit.Since Hannah has been admitted, two women have died, including Charlie, one of her closest friends in the institution. It’s a high-risk unit, the authorities say. Deaths happen. But Hannah knows Charlie wouldn’t have killed herself. She is convinced there’s a serial killer picking off the patients one by one, passing their deaths off as suicides. But why? And who will believe her?Corinne, Hannah’s mother, is worried sick about her eldest daughter. She hates that she’s ended up in the unit, though she knows it’s the best place for her to get the treatment she needs. At first, Corinne assumes Hannah’s outlandish claims about a killer in the unit are just another manifestation of her psychological condition, but as she starts to uncover strange inconsistencies surrounding the unit's charismatic director, Dr. Roberts, she begins to wonder if her daughter might have stumbled upon the truth.But who can Corinne trust, when she doesn’t even trust her own daughter?