Edge-of-the-Seat New Novel Examines Grief’s ‘Darker Side’

Even Angels Fall: Edge-of-the-Seat New Novel Examines Grief’s ‘Darker Side’.

F.L. Darbyshire takes readers into another world with ‘Even Angels Fall’. It’s not a mythical world or a world of fantasy; but the drug underworld that lives on the streets in every town and city in Britain. Protagonist Abbey is trying to rebuild her life after a series of bold setbacks, but will the new friends that embrace her only turn her situation back upside down and cause her further turmoil?

United Kingdom – Everybody experiences adversity, a time in life when others preach the importance of being strong, yet sometimes that strength can be seemingly impossible to find. In her intense and thought-provoking new novel, F.L. Darbyshire examines how one girl’s grief and rapid life changes quickly transform into her biggest demons.

‘Even Angels Fall’ started life as a screenplay and is now converted into a powerful coming-of-age novel that may remind readers of their own weaknesses.


After suffering an unthinkable loss, Abbey Miller and her family move to Leeds to rebuild their lives and start again, but the pain and grief that Abbey carries with her is impossible to escape. As she finds herself becoming increasingly isolated from her family, she develops a firm friendship with Lucy, Nathan and Liam, who introduce her to a brand new and exciting world, far removed from all of her problems.

But will her new friends bring her the light hearted relief she has longed for? Or will she find herself getting drawn deep into their dangerous and intoxicating world?

“This is a novel that deals with quite a few adult themes and subjects which some people may find shocking…” explains Darbyshire. “Yet despite the story being fairly extreme in places, most people will find that they can relate in some way to the difficult choices, struggles and conflicting emotions that the characters are forced to deal with throughout the narrative. The things Abbey experiences are going on every day around the country.”

Continuing, “While getting involved in drugs may seem like a choice, many find themselves spiralling into that ‘world’ due to a weakness they feel at a time when they are highly-impressionable and incredibly vulnerable. I’ll leave readers to decide just how much of the blame and responsibility actually rests on Abbey’s shoulders.”

The book has been received extremely well by readers. C James comments, “I bought this book after reading the first couple of chapters of a friends copy and instantly became hooked! An excellent story with well formed characters who are easy to identify with makes this a compelling read for all young adults, and parents alike. The book tackles so many issues that can affect young people’s lives these days, yet this doesn’t get in the way of the story itself.”

R Cartwright adds, “This is the best book I’ve read in a long time. It was completed in two days. It’s a book that is so very real that you feel every emotion. A credit to the author who so fabulously creates the lessons of love, grief, friendship and desperation. Recommend highly”

‘Even Angels Fall’, from Grosvenor House Publishing Limited, is available now: http://amzn.to/1yp4GiO.

About the Author:

Fay Darbyshire is twenty seven years-old, and was born and raised in Leeds. She has always enjoyed creative writing and after finishing high school at 16 she studied English, Media and Film for two years at college. Fay spent a couple of years working on screenplays and developing ideas for film scripts as a general hobby – and ‘Even Angels Fall’ was one of the stories that she created around this time. The author decided to try a different approach at the end of 2013 and that’s when she began developing the story further and turned it into her first novel.

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