I nearly gave up after the first chapter of ‘Where We Fall’ by Rochelle B. Weinstein. The description of Abby’s depression around which the story revolves was so desolate and keenly felt that I wasn’t sure I could read the whole book and maintain my own state of mind; however, I did persevere and found the story to be a very good exploration of how Abby’s actions in the past have dominated her thoughts and feelings for the rest of her life to the extent that her ability to function as a human being is severely impaired.
Abby, Ryan and Lauren, high school friends, share everything. Lauren and Ryan, high school sweethearts, are deeply in love and destined, so they believe, to be together. So why then is Ryan now married to Abby? And why is there a rift so deep between the three that Lauren has never come home since she left all those years ago?
All it not revealed to us immediately. The story unfolds as the layers are peeled away little by little until the ‘aha’ moment; the reason why Abby has been unable to be the wife and mother that she wanted to be, the reason Ryan turned to Abby, and the reason Lauren couldn’t return home.
The story is all fairly predictable, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that I enjoyed it very much.