A Different Point of View Story
Author: C. A. King
Ralph wakes up to what others only experience in a nightmare. Chained to a shed, he has no idea where he is, or who his captor is. His memories are blurred at best. As the days press on, he finds himself experiencing a roller coaster of feelings. Hunger, thirst and pain become his only companions. Flashbacks of a happier time are all he has to keep him going. As his situation deteriorates, he finds himself doubting he ever had the very thing he wants most – a family.
When Leaves Fall is a dramatic thriller with a twist. Keep the tissue box close for the ending.
I came across this book as it was “OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day”.
This is a short 56-page book. It starts with the protagonist of the book (we later learn is called Ralph), who finds himself in a strange place when he wakes up. He soon discovers that he is chained by the neck and can hazily remember that he had a family. A man, who smells of smoke, throws some food periodically near him, but that is about it.
While this is an extremely short book, its twists and turns had me in its grip. I was in tears by the end of it. The author brings home an extremely important message at the end, which I feel is important for people to understand. I wish I could talk more about the message, but it would ruin the experience of all those who are yet to read this book.
Although I could guess Ralph’s identity since the first page, it helped me get into the story from his perspective.It helped me empathize with him and understand what he was going through.
Both the writing and the characterization is flawless. The scenes are set in such a way that you find yourself flying through the book. Each character has a distinct personality, even when someone is mentioned in passing. The writer definitely knows his craft and we can see that he is passionate about both his writing and the message that he is putting out through his work.
This book shows that it is not the length of the book, but it’s the quality that matters. I rate this book 4 out of 4.
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