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Official Review: If The Bed Falls In by Paul Casselle

Post by Mune » 11 Apr 2016, 19:00

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "If The Bed Falls In" by Paul Casselle.]
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Pulling the reader between two realities, If the Bed Falls In was a gripping novel. Paul Casselle writes the story of a man living unhappily in one world and thriving in the cloak and dagger adventures of an agent in another. The book was fast paced, riveting, and well written. I found myself trying to decipher what I saw as clues, and then I would be surprised at the next turn of events. Where I feared predictability, there was none to be had. I really enjoyed this read.

If the Bed Falls In begins from the perspective of Tom, a middle aged photographer who has grown weary and depressed with his life. Tom has a beautiful female friend, who is nothing more than that, and a simplistic and often recluse life. Then Tom wakes up, but he isn’t Tom anymore. Now he is Joseph, an agent for the British Secret Agency, MI6. As Tom/Joseph is pulled back and forth between the two worlds, the facts start bleeding over and changing aspects of what he thinks is real. Is he a delusional, overweight, tired man being plagued by the damage from his cocaine addled depression years? Or was he Joseph, a man dealing with the remnants of a CIA compound that had been injected in him while he fought between the good and bad in a war of double agents and conspiracy theories? The line gets thinner and thinner until even the reader is perplexed at whose story they are reading.

This book was a gripping read. There weren’t any noticeable grammatical or spelling errors. The flow was steady and the balance was pretty well kept. There was a lingering section about three quarters of the way through that I was beginning to wonder why we hadn’t revisited the other reality in a while, or if the plot had been dropped for some reason. Thankfully, my fears were quickly removed as the author once again flipped the story. I enjoyed not being able to really see ahead in the story and not being able to guess what was going to happen at every turn. This kept me interested and glued to the pages.

If there was anything that some people may not care for, it would probably be the ending. As crazy and twisty-turny that the story is, the ending seems to add to the symmetry. The protagonist gives his own evaluation in a self-reflection in the second to the last chapter. With these inner thoughts of Tom/Joseph, the ending is still not crystal clear in explanation. That being said, I was happy with the ending. I thought about Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk with the way the story wrapped up, and was satisfied with the finishing chapter.

If you are a reader of Chuck Palahniuk or have seen the television show (currently on Netflix) called "Awake," you would really enjoy this book. The sway of the story, from one reality to another, was engaging. I like the differences and similarities in the two worlds the protagonist has to sort through. The book could come off as confusing to some, and it is rather dark and violent. Anyone that likes a good spy story combined with some psychological disturbances, this would be a great read to get into. I give this book a 4 out of 4 rating.

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Post by sullwyn39 » 13 Apr 2016, 10:59

This was a great review! That cover looks creepy! Another one to add to my TBR! And I have Awake in my list of tv shows to watch as well! There's so much to read and watch it's overwhelming - never know where to start!! Thanks for sharing!

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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 14 Apr 2016, 01:30

Sounds like a very interesting book and Tom/Joseph seems like a very intriguing character. I hope I get a chance to read it. Great job on the review. Congratulations to Paul Casselle on such a well-written book.

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Post by casselle » 14 Apr 2016, 03:01

Many thanks to the reviewer and for the subsequent comments. I'd love you all to read the book and hear your views.

I'm currently half way into the second in the series, so, get reading, book two will be out very soon!

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Post by hsimone » 15 Apr 2016, 04:32

Wow, waking up to find out he isn't Tom anymore, but Joseph? Sounds intense! I love how gripping it sounds, and I actually like how you said the ending gives symmetry to the read. I'll have to check this out! Thank you sharing!
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Post by CrescentMoon » 21 Apr 2016, 15:47

This sounds like a very interesting, thought-provoking book. I like stories where it keeps you guessing and unsure of what is really happening. Great review!
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Post by gali » 20 Jul 2017, 06:28

The concept of two realities sounds intriguing. And, it is fast paced, gripping, well written and keeps one guessing to boot! I will check it out, thank you for the review!
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Post by GCamer » 20 Jul 2017, 07:52

The story seems to be full of twists and turns that would keep readers glued to it. I'm so intrigued about the protagonist. But with the inconclusive ending, I bet you couldn't wait to read the next book after reading this one. Thanks for the great review!

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Post by OmololaAK » 20 Jul 2017, 07:58

The problem of multiple personalities can be queer. The review is concise. I think the author did a sensational job with this thriller.

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Post by klbradley » 20 Jul 2017, 08:26

A great review! Thank you for sharing! The cover for this one is so captivating, and the idea of the two realities is really thrilling!
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Post by tarafarah7 » 20 Jul 2017, 09:10

This sounds like a one that really keeps you thinking throughout...an edge of your seat thriller! You really can't beat $0.99 so I'm going to get it. Many people seem to enjoy the writing of Paul Casselle, so I'm also planning to check out his other books. Thank you for your review!

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Post by mindyg123 » 20 Jul 2017, 11:22

A psychological spy thriller that blurs the lines of reality sounds great to me and only .99 I'm getting my copy. Congrats on being BOTD.
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Post by kandscreeley » 20 Jul 2017, 11:23

Wow! This one sound quite interesting. I love the back and forth between the two worlds. Thanks for the great review.
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Post by Abolaji009 » 20 Jul 2017, 11:27

NICE ONE :D

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Post by Rajanis » 20 Jul 2017, 11:42

Sam is doubting his sanity. He seems to lead two lives.Is he schizophrenic? Are they real or is it just a hallucination?

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