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  • Published: 27 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448184569
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336


Dark, tense and convincing, this is a brilliantly executed and engrossing thriller. An extremely assured debut. Sunday Mirror

A brilliant debut psychological thriller by a former police psychologist. Perfect for fans of Nicci French, Tana French and S. J. Watson.

A plane falls out of the sky. A woman is murdered. Four people all have something to hide.

Jim is a retired police officer, and worried father. His beloved daughter has disappeared and he knows something is wrong.

Tom has woken up to discover that his wife was on the plane and must break the news to their only son.

Cecilia had packed up and left her family. Now she has survived a tragedy, and sees no way out.

Freya is struggling to cope with the loss of her father. But as she delves into his past, she may not like what she finds.

‘Before the plane crash, after the plane crash, such a short amount of time for the world to turn on its head… ‘

  • Pub date: 27 March 2014
  • ISBN: 9781448184569
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the Author

Emma Kavanagh

Emma Kavanagh was born and raised in South Wales. After graduating with a PhD in psychology from Cardiff University, she spent many years working as a police and military psychologist, training firearms officers, command staff and military personnel throughout the UK and Europe. She lives in South Wales with her husband and young sons.

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Praise for Falling

“Kavanagh tells the story with great verve, weaving the strands of her story expertly.”

Daily Mail

“Dark, tense and convincing, this is a brilliantly executed and engrossing thriller. An extremely assured debut.”

Sunday Mirror

“A brilliant debut.”

Marie Claire

“We predict big things for Emma Kavanagh ... addictive.”

Good Housekeeping

“Thoughtful, often dark and devastatingly honest ... Falling marks the arrival on the crime scene of a major new talent, one with the potential to join the likes of PD James and Ruth Rendell as a writer who thrills her readers by making them think.”

Shots Crime and Thriller Magazine

“Falling is a confident first book with an interesting set of intertwined plot lines. Hopefully a new author that is off the starting blocks, and has more to come.”

Euro Crime

“A taut psychological thriller heralding the arrival of a fresh new talent to the dark art of crime writing ... a thrilling, thought-provoking story and an impressive debut.”

Lancashire Evening Post

“This very well-planned and well-written novel is her first - an excellent start.”

Literary Review

“A stunningly beautiful read; well written, expertly crafted and frighteningly real ... Emma Kavanagh is certainly an author to watch.”


“Emma Kavanagh builds up a brilliant picture of these four main characters as they come to terms with what's happened and the repercussions that will surely follow. Superlative writing from Emma, and a brilliant read at any time of the year. Superb.”

Books Monthly

“Complex thriller by a former police psychologist who knows her stuff.”


“Swift-moving crime tale.”

Independent on Sunday

“A poignant commentary on human nature, skilfully told by a creative writer.”

The Crime Warp

“A crime novel with a difference. The plot is expertly constructed and the characters, flawed but sympathetic, engaged me so that I found myself thinking about them even when Iwasn’t reading the book… a cracking read with a truly original plot”

Crime Reader blog

“An up-all-night thriller, fuelled by grief, anger and infidelity.”

You Magazine

“A stark and dramatic thriller, with all the different strands of the story held together by a skillful hand.”

My Weekly

“A gripping psychological page turner.”


“This debut psychological thriller from former police psychologist Emma Kavanagh is stunning indeed. An engaging and exciting novel. This novel is brilliantly executed, it is a confident debut written by an extremely talented writer… The characters are incredibly well written and the nuances of life, grief and marriage are all well observed by the eye of a very adept writer. The story itself is thoroughly engaging, drawing you in and making the book unputdownable... This is a crime thriller that belongs on the same shelf as Nicci French. It is high praise indeed, but well deserved.”

Frost Magazine

“A very impressive debut.”

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