The Fallen by Jassy Mackenzie

76%

10 Critic Reviews

Mackenzie’s blend of contemporary South African issues with Jade’s inner turmoil is pitch perfect, and the true cliffhanger will leave fans eager for more.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

When P.I. Jade de Jong invites Superintendent David Patel on a scuba diving holiday in St. Lucia, she hopes the time away will rebuild their conflicted relationship. Jade’s dreams are soon shattered when David calls off their affair, forcing her into the arms of environmentalist Craig Niewoudt. But the next morning, romantic issues are put aside when a scuba diving instructor, Amanda Bolton, is found brutally stabbed to death.

Amanda is a most unlikely candidate for murder—a quiet and intelligent woman who until a few months ago pursued a high-powered career as an air traffic controller. She had few acquaintances and no lovers. The only loose end is a postcard in her room from Jo’burg-based Themba Msamaya, asking how she is doing “after 813 and The Fallen.” Jade and David put their differences aside and start the deadly hunt.
 

About Jassy Mackenzie

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Jassy Mackenzie was born in Rhodesia and moved to South Africa when she was eight years old. She is the author of three previous Jade de Jong novels, Random Violence, Stolen Lives, and The Fallen, and she edits and writes for the annual publication Best of South Africa.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by Soho Crime. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Fallen
All: 10 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Below average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Apr 10 2012

Jade's third caper (Stolen Lives, 2011, etc.) has an appealing edge and a strong yet vulnerable heroine, full of human flaws, though the plot once again runs a bit amok.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Hannah Ferguson on Feb 06 2012

Mackenzie’s blend of contemporary South African issues with Jade’s inner turmoil is pitch perfect, and the true cliffhanger will leave fans eager for more.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Provenzano on May 10 2012

This book is the exact reason why the Jade De Jong series is so enticing. There’s mystery, love, murder, revenge, friendship, and guns.

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Bestsellersworld

Excellent
Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair on Apr 18 2012

Jade de Jong is as a fascinating protagonist as you will find. The combination of the well paced plot and the strong characters make Mackenzie’s books top notched.

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Shots

Excellent
Reviewed by Maureen Carlyle on May 01 2012

This is a very complicated plot, ultimately involving mass murder and ecological disaster. The tension is maintained throughout and it grips the reader (this one at any rate) right until the tremendous cliff-hanger of an ending

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The Mystery Reader

Good
Reviewed by Andy Plonka on May 01 2012

Probably my favorite aspect of this mystery novel is the ending. The author carefully leads her audience along giving enough information to entice guessing a probable outcome to a dilemma

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Jen's Book Thoughts

Good
Reviewed by Jen on Apr 30 2012

The true gem of Mackenzie’s novel is the electrifying plot. The pace is constantly swift, right up to the last page.

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Crimespace

Good
Reviewed by Knitting: Books on Apr 12 2012

If you're in the mood for a fast-paced, intriguing mystery with a strong female lead, let me suggest picking up a Jade de Jong book by Jassy Mackenzie.

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Reactions to Reading

Below average
Reviewed by Reactions to Reading on May 15 2012

But in the end this has to be about my reaction to the book and frankly I can’t imagine myself picking up another book featuring this character

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Rap Sheet

Good
Reviewed by Pierce on Apr 09 2012

An extensive organized crime operation, a mysterious postcard discovered in the deceased’s room, and a deadly crash in the north of Africa all add drama to this tightly spun yarn.

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