• Ella West

Rain Fall

4.5/5 STARS

  • Publication Date; 2nd January 2018

  • Allen & Unwin

  • RRP: $16.99

I'm not running late like I usually am. Maybe that's why I look in the river, maybe that's why I stop when I see it. A dark-coloured raincoat, the arms spread wide, floating, hood-first down the river.

And then it starts to rain.

Fifteen-year-old Annie needs to get to her basketball match, but the police have cordoned off her road. Is her neighbour, who she grew up with, still alive? What has he done to have the police after him?

A murder investigation brings new people to Annie's wild West Coast town, including a dark-haired boy riding the most amazing horse she has ever seen. But Annie is wary of strangers, especially as her world is beginning to crumble around her. In setting out to discover the truth Annie uncovers secrets that could rip the small community apart.


I received a finished copy of this novel from Allen & Unwin in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

I really really loved this book. Contemporary reads for me (a huge fantasy lover) can be a bit hit and miss, but I absolutely loved Rain Fall. Rain Fall is told from the perspective of our main protagonist Annie, a fifteen-year-old living in a small West Coast town in New Zealand.

Rain Fall is filled mystery, a murder, a disappearance and other mysterious events and characters that instantly draw the reader into the book. It touches on environmental issues, the devastation people face from loss of livelihood in a small town and of course there is romance.

The scenes within the book describe the picturesque New Zealand countryside and go into great detail so the reader can envision exactly where Annie and the other characters are. Aside from the ridiculous amount of rain, it sounds quite breath taking.

It took me a few chapters to get used to Annie, at first I thought oh no a fifteen-year-old protagonist, but West’s writing shortly shut me up. I really connected with Annie, she is a quiet girl who is content to be on her own, she doesn’t need to surround herself with a bunch of people. I really enjoyed reading Annie and Jack’s friendship/relationship and seeing it grow – they bonded over their love of horses and had some really cute moments that left me smiling.

Rain Fall is a short novel, 224pages and to me that was perfect (although I would love more Jack and Annie scenes haha). The plot was quite easy to follow; it was constantly at the forefront of my mind throughout the novel and kept me intrigued all the way to the end.

Overall a really enjoyable mystery, romance YA novel set in beautiful New Zealand. I can’t wait to read more of Ella West’s novels.

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