Review: The Jump by Doug Johnstone – Blog Tour

Published by Faber and Faber on 6th August 2015

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‘Calling to mind the best of Harlan Coben, Johnstone shows us how quickly an ordinary life can take one dark turn and nothing is ever the same again.’ Megan Abbott


Struggling to come to terms with the suicide of her teenage son, Ellie lives in the shadows of the Forth Road Bridge, lingering on its footpaths and swimming in the waters below. One day she talks down another suicidal teenager, Sam, and sees for herself a shot at redemption, the chance to atone for her son’s death.

But even with the best intentions, she can’t foresee the situation she’s falling headlong into – a troubled family, with some very dark secrets of their own.

From #1 bestselling author of Gone Again, The Jump is a hugely moving contemporary thriller, and a stunning portrait of an unlikely heroine.

‘A brilliant psychological thriller, no, domestic noir, whatever you call it, The Jump is superb.’ Helen Fitzgerald

Welcome to my turn on The Jump Blog Tour. This is my review of The Jump. Doug Johnstone is a completely new author to me. Enjoy!

My thoughts

The Jump is an emotional journey, following one woman after the traumatic loss of her son.

The story introduces Ellie and Ben, parents of a teenage boy who committed suicide. Ellie is struggling to deal with the aftermath. One day, she stops a teenage boy from killing himself. She decides to help him out. This sets in motion a chain of events, as dark secrets come into the open.

We follow Ellie and her grief for her lost son. She is tough, forcing herself through physical exercise to cope with her feelings of emotional pain. As a mother, she reaches out to help a boy. It is very moving seeing her start to feel again. She is prepared to do anything to help this boy; a boy at the end of his tether, just like her dead son. And I mean just about anything.

The subject matter in this book is tough. Suicide is such a taboo. We rarely hear from those coping with its aftermath. It is beautifully written and the grief of the parents is very raw. We see their coping mechanisms and their hurt. We feel their pain. It is incredibly moving!

This is a very absorbing and thought provoking read. A difficult subject is handled sensitively, in an emotional and very believable thriller.

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Purchase link: The Jump on Amazon UK

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