About the Book
A plane falls out of the sky.
A woman is murdered.
Four people all have something to hide…
Shortly after takeoff, flight 2940 plummets to the snow-covered ground, breaking into two parts, the only survivors a handful of passengers and a flight attendant.
Cecilia has packed up and left her family. Now she has survived a tragedy and sees no way out.
Tom has woken up to discover that his wife was on the plane and must break the news to their only son.
Jim is a retired police offer and worried father. His beloved daughter has disappeared, and he knows something is wrong.
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.
Four people, who have never met but are indelibly linked by these disasters, will be forced to reveal the closely guarded secrets that unlock the answers to their questions. But once the truth is exposed, it may cause even more destruction.
Told from various points of view, chapter by chapter, After We Fall follows the investigation into the doomed plane alongside the investigation of a murder. Debut author Emma Kavanagh deftly weaves together the stories of those who lost someone or something of themselves in one tragic incident, exploring how swiftly everything we know can come crashing down.
About the Author
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 started her business as a psychology consultant, specializing in human performance in extreme situations. She lives in South Wales with her husband and two young sons.
Emma Kavanagh is a former police and military psychologist, and author of After We Fall: A Novel (Sourcebooks). Twitter: @EmmaLK
After We Fall: A Novel
$14.99 U.S.; Trade Paper
Fiction; Sourcebooks Landmark
Author Guest Post
What prompted the idea for your novel?
I have always had a fascination with airplane crashes. What can I say? I have a dark mind. As a psychologist, an airplane crash is a perfect storm. It is the challenge of performing high demand mental operations in a stressful situation, it is dissecting which part of this operation went wrong. It is the fallout for the survivors and for the families as people battle to cope with the trauma of what they have experienced.
After We Fall was borne out of the psychological complexities of an air crash.
I wanted to ask the question - what would lead to an event like this? And then, once it had happened, what would the consequences be?
It took the idea of this disaster as a pivot point in the characters lives, changing everything that had gone before. It allowed me to examine what would happen in the lives of these characters when they were faced with such a life changing event.
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