Note: I received a free copy of this book from Online Book Club in exchange for an honest review. If The Bed Falls In was selected as an OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day. You can check out both the novel and other reviews here!
If you’re looking for a thrilling mystery that is impossible to put down, look no further. Paul Casselle’s If The Bed Falls In is an action-packed roller coaster with more twists and turns than you can imagine. With unending mysteries and excitement, this novel is unquestionably a must read.
Tom Friday is a middle-aged photographer who has recently found himself in a depressed slump. Yearning for adventure but unable to seek it, he accepts his lot in life. But then he starts having vivid hallucinations, delusions that the Doctors are convinced are a result of his days doing cocaine. In these delusions, he is not Tom, but Joseph, a MI6 agent who is trying to take down the system from the inside out. Both are as vivid as each other, and soon, he cannot tell who he really is. Is he Joseph or Tom? Which reality should he choose to believe, and what will happen if he chooses the wrong one?
I literally had to force myself to put this book down. Such an action packed read, I couldn’t wait to see what happens next! Casselle is a master of pace, for there was not a single moment in this book that felt too long. What most fascinated me about this novel was Casselle’s ability to make the reader feel exactly what Tom/Joseph feels. We are just as confused as he is. On more than one occasion, the reader will find themselves questioning which reality is real. It’s impossible not to get caught up in the drama. And it’s making me squirm that I don’t have the next book! I genuinely want to find out what happens next!
This book is one that I would definitely consider to be both a mystery and a thriller, but it has horror elements as well. There were many times where I found myself cringing, reading in between the fingers that covered my eyes in disgust. You cannot stop reading, even when you want to. While disgusting, it’s also entrancing. That sense of confusion remains throughout every chapter, pulling you in more and more. And every time you think you have it figured out, another twist is thrown your way. It’s as fantastic as it is aggravating!
There are small, quiet moments that I would really like to applaud Casselle for. Early on in the novel, he describes Tom’s depression in a way that is so realistic and relatable, it allows us to empathize with him immediately. He focuses in on the concept that every task, even the seemingly small ones, are exhausting. For example:
“Lethargy returned; but with extra-human effort he started the laborious task of brushing his teeth.”
The difference between this and the chaotic nature of Joseph’s life creates this beautiful contrast. Joseph is a welcome escape from Tom’s oppressive life, while Tom is a welcome escape from Joseph’s corrupt one.
I have very little criticism of If The Bed Falls In. I did notice quite a few grammatical errors, and while some of them only eagle-eyed readers would notice, some are awkward and take the reader out of the story. For that, and that alone, I rate this book 4/5 stars. Such an easy and suspenseful read. Anyone looking for a good mystery/thriller needs to read this beautiful crafted tale. Unable to tear your eyes away, you’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat consistently. I would definitely recommend this novel to any and all bookworms who are either a fan of the genre, or looking to try something new.
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