I must say I really did enjoy reading Fear to Fall by Fehintolu Adeleye. The setting, plot, and conclusion of the story made it very intriguing and riveting. It was hard not to want to see how the drama in the principal character’s life would play out and eventually be resolved. Although a work of fiction, Fear to Fall is didactic, as it tells of how unpredictable and brutal life can sometimes be; throwing you curveballs, which cause you to re-evaluate your priorities and goals. Many times, we’ve had to take long, arduous detours to arrive at the place we want to be and do what we want to do, because of life’s unpredictability. Nevertheless, just as shown in the circumstances and attitude of the main character in the story, as many times as life knocks you down, you just have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep ongoing.
Another vital lesson from the story is that our actions always have consequences – sometimes far-reaching consequences – and the truth of our past actions cannot remain concealed forever. We all make mistakes, but running away from the consequence of a mistake rather than facing it can hurt both us and others many years down the line. If not handled the right way and in a timely manner, someday our error will catch up with us, and could severely alter the trajectory our life was following. Some call it Karma, but I call it biblical wisdom. This is why at every stage of life we must always make responsible decisions.
All of these lessons Fehintolu skilfully taught in a well-written story, which is a testament to her fantastic storytelling prowess. This is my first time reading any of Fehintolu’s works, and all I can say is that Fehintolu is an awesome writer! Her command of the English language is impeccable, her effortless use of expressions is beautiful, and her characterization is superb. Her narrative style is also unconventional but creative and effective – it is one of the things I found fascinating about the book. The narrative’s alternating among different characters in the story gives the reader a window into the life, circumstance, thinking, and feelings of each character, which Fehintolu expertly wove into the plot of the story. From my assessment, Fehintolu did not just write off the top of her head; but she obviously did a lot of research, especially into corporate banking and its work demands, which made it easy for the reader to understand the setting of the story and follow along.
Fear to Fall is most definitely a job well done by Fehintolu, and I sincerely doff my hat to her masterful storytelling ability. Big ups!
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Review by Yemi.