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REVIEWED BY KIRA SLAUGHTER
When Michaela Anderson signs up for a charity parachute jump, she gets more than a case of vertigo…
Suffering last minute panic, Michaela’s three colleagues go first. But just as she takes her leap of faith, an almighty gale blows up from nowhere.
When she returns to the ground, she finds the airfield deserted, her car gone and the seasons mysteriously changed. Posters nearby proclaim Michaela to have been missing for the last six and a half years…
Everything about her life is completely different.
But Michaela is determined to find out the truth. Was she kidnapped? Is she now suffering amnesia- or has something even more extraordinary occurred?
With the help of handsome pilot Matt, Michaela sets out to find the truth. And what she discovers rocks everything she has ever believed in to the core…
Before I was sent this book I had only read one of Melanie Rose’s other books, Could it be Magic. I really enjoyed it and found that the magical twist made it entirely different. With this one the theme of the unexplained had me gripped from the very beginning. When you read about the unexplained disappearance of the main character, Michaela, you start to think 'could that happen', and 'has it ever happened before?'.
When the book starts Michaela is just your average girl. She’s in a relationship and living with her boyfriend, who also happens to have a little girl. She works at an insurance firm which is the reason she’s doing this jump in the first place, it’s for charity and her co-workers have been dragged in to doing it as well. As they’re all riding up to the point where they’ll jump from, Michaela gets increasingly nervous, but the comforting words she receives from the gorgeous jump instructor Matt, make her feel a little better.
Michaela is the last person to jump out of the plane and what happens next is so random, yet grabs the reader. When she lands from her jump everything is different; the weather, the airfield and the fact that her car is no longer parked where it should be. At this part of the book I could not stop reading as I wanted to find out what on earth had happened to her. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Michaela, she’s confused and upon stumbling into a nearby pub, she finds posters of herself plastered over the walls, with the words ‘Have you seen this girl?’ If this were a film this would be when the du du duuuuuh music kicks in! It sinks in that Michaela has been missing for the last six and a half years. Her only solution is to call the last person who saw her before she jumped: Matt.
This is where the book gets really interesting, as events from the last six and a half years are explained to Michaela. Her life and the people in it have changed dramatically and she has no idea who she can turn to, as everyone thinks she went missing on purpose. What unfolds now is the perfect mystery, and with some very impressive twists, Down to Earth becomes a brilliant Who? What? Where? mystery that I found hard to put down. Only read this book if you have a clear two days, otherwise you’re never getting anything done!
I’m giving this a 9/10!