Deadfall
Twin brothers Ty and Cory Bic are on the run. When they encounter a dying deer in the middle of a remote mountain road with fresh tire tracks swerving down into a ravine, they know they have to help. But when they reach the wrecked car the vehicle appears empty, with signs that the driver escaped.Until they hear a sound coming from the trunk.Ty and Cory are escaping demons of their own. But what they discover in the trunk puts them in the crosshairs of something darker and more sinister than their wildest nightmares.Told through a gripping, lightning-fast narrative that alternates between present and past, this unputdownable survival thriller unravels the tangled circumstances that led Ty and Cory to the deer in the road and set them on a perilous course through the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest.

Deadfall Details

TitleDeadfall
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 10th, 2018
PublisherDisney-Hyperion
ISBN-139781368014267
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Family, Contemporary, Horror, Realistic Fiction, Fiction

Deadfall Review

  • Marco Morano
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!
  • Ruthsic
    January 1, 1970
    Warnings: child abuse, child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, violenceThis mystery thriller delivers its story in two timelines- the present where these twins find a girl trapped in the boot of a car in an accident, and their life 16 months before, counting down to how they came to be on that road. Both timelines are through Cory's perspective, but the present is in first person, and the past in the third person, a choice that felt a bit jarring in the start but which I got used to as I went along Warnings: child abuse, child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, violenceThis mystery thriller delivers its story in two timelines- the present where these twins find a girl trapped in the boot of a car in an accident, and their life 16 months before, counting down to how they came to be on that road. Both timelines are through Cory's perspective, but the present is in first person, and the past in the third person, a choice that felt a bit jarring in the start but which I got used to as I went along. Their story chronicles the birthday trip that their abusive father takes them to, before moving them to another town, getting mixed up in shady stuff and dying, then the boys being delivered into a foster home of a would-be politician who seems too good to be true; the main mystery of the story being what made them run away and be on their way to their father's hideout, and who is the one who kidnapped the girl. The book builds up suspense well, and with the alternating chapters usually ending in cliffhangers, it just keeps you reading and reading. As the story progresses, many thing emerge that could be the reason for them running away so it always seems like - is this it? Also, the now chapters are like a survivalist thriller, Cory and Astrid trekking through a forest/mountain trail, with her injured and them low on supplies and the threat of her kidnapper loose and probably about to attack just adsd to the tension. Cory is a smart protagonist, cunning but also a gentle soul. His and Ty's relationship seems distant at times, to the point where it seems like Ty could be bad, but then there are instances where Ty shows where his moral code lies. The twists are not all that surprising, because there are plenty of clues leading up to it, but it is nevertheless exciting because of the writing itself. Bonus: there isn't a romance sub-plot. In short, a tense mystery to keep you entertained. Is it diverse? The book has a gay and fat main character. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Disney-Hyperion, via Netgalley.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Hard-hitting thrillerTRIGGER WARNINGS: Emotional, physical and sexual abuse, implied rape, sex trafficking, violence.This was a dark, difficult book for me to read. Don't get me wrong - it's an excellent book. But know that just because this book has two teen brother protagonists, that doesn't make it a teen book.It bounced back and forth between the past and present events in Ty and Cory Bic's lives, which I thought was handled very well by the author. And the momentum and suspense kept buildin Hard-hitting thrillerTRIGGER WARNINGS: Emotional, physical and sexual abuse, implied rape, sex trafficking, violence.This was a dark, difficult book for me to read. Don't get me wrong - it's an excellent book. But know that just because this book has two teen brother protagonists, that doesn't make it a teen book.It bounced back and forth between the past and present events in Ty and Cory Bic's lives, which I thought was handled very well by the author. And the momentum and suspense kept building in intensity until a thoroughly satisfying conclusion. It was difficult for me because this book triggered some very panicky feelings in me. The reasons aren't important but just go in forewarned - this is one intense story.I received this book from Disney Books through Net Galley in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review.
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    The change in chronology from about sixteen months ago to the present is what kept the action moving as twin brothers discover a girl in a trunk and are then part of a more sinister plot that leaves them battered and broken when that sometimes seemed tame to the things they experience from their deadbeat and abusive father. It's a bit bloated but felt action-oriented and thriller-esque for fans of this mystery thriller genre with typical elements to help master the trope but some unexpected disc The change in chronology from about sixteen months ago to the present is what kept the action moving as twin brothers discover a girl in a trunk and are then part of a more sinister plot that leaves them battered and broken when that sometimes seemed tame to the things they experience from their deadbeat and abusive father. It's a bit bloated but felt action-oriented and thriller-esque for fans of this mystery thriller genre with typical elements to help master the trope but some unexpected discoveries that shock readers.
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  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this slow burn, psychological thriller. I found myself heavily invested in the characters, hoping against hope for the Bik brothers. Cory stole my heart. My other favorite character was Benny. He was unpredictable, terrifying and spot on. The scene with Benny and the brothers on the bridge is horrifyingly realistic. The tension never flags and the pace picks up when they discover the girl in the trunk, but without the prior character development, I wouldn't h I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this slow burn, psychological thriller. I found myself heavily invested in the characters, hoping against hope for the Bik brothers. Cory stole my heart. My other favorite character was Benny. He was unpredictable, terrifying and spot on. The scene with Benny and the brothers on the bridge is horrifyingly realistic. The tension never flags and the pace picks up when they discover the girl in the trunk, but without the prior character development, I wouldn't have cared as much about the outcome. If you're a fan of Winter's Bone, this is your book.
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  • Stephanie Ward
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsDeadfall is a thrilling new young adult mystery that fans of survivalist fiction are going to love. Here's what I liked and disliked about the book: Liked:Characters - The twins, Ty and Cory, are completely different in almost every way but they stick together and have each others' backs no matter what. I liked getting to know both of them throughout the story, especially Cory who we get to know even better in the 'present' part of the book because he narrates it. Writing Style - I love 3.5 StarsDeadfall is a thrilling new young adult mystery that fans of survivalist fiction are going to love. Here's what I liked and disliked about the book: Liked:Characters - The twins, Ty and Cory, are completely different in almost every way but they stick together and have each others' backs no matter what. I liked getting to know both of them throughout the story, especially Cory who we get to know even better in the 'present' part of the book because he narrates it. Writing Style - I love that this was written in a different way than most books. It alternates between the past and the present with both narratives adding together to create the overall story line and plot. We get lots of backstory from the past part of the story and we see how that past has effected each twin in the present while running from the villain. I liked watching how the stories eventually lined up and everything fell into place, although I personally had seen it coming. I normally don't like the third person point of view style, but the author uses it to narrate the past portion of the book. It didn't bother me as much as I thought it would and it made it easier to learn more about each twin and their situation. The present is told from the first person POV, from Cory's perspective. I love the first person and I'm so glad the author did this in the story. We get a more intense feeling of tension and suspense with the first person than can usually be gained by any other writing style. Which is exactly what happens here. The blend of the two varying styles was a nice touch and makes the story stand out from others in the same genre.Didn't Like: This is my own personal opinion and has nothing to do with the author or the work. I know others are going to feel completely differently than I did, but I want to be thorough and mention everything in my review, including things that I didn't care for. In this case, it was the predictability. Almost from the beginning I knew where things were going to go because of the not-so-original plot, and by the middle of the book I knew exactly what was going to happen. When I read stories, especially mysteries and thrillers, I like to be kept guessing as long as possible. This just didn't live up to that for me personally and made the reading experience a little less positive than it could have been otherwise.Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Alexander Highfield
    January 1, 1970
    Deadfall began with real promise, its structure – alternating between the increasingly recent past and the present in the style of a film noir – plus some choice ‘reveals’ along the way meant I was keen to keep reading and find out how the increasingly complicated plot would tie up in the end. However, it proved far too long with too many confusing passages which served to undermine its own ending. The plot revolves around twin brothers Corey and Ty Bic and their life with their abusive father B Deadfall began with real promise, its structure – alternating between the increasingly recent past and the present in the style of a film noir – plus some choice ‘reveals’ along the way meant I was keen to keep reading and find out how the increasingly complicated plot would tie up in the end. However, it proved far too long with too many confusing passages which served to undermine its own ending. The plot revolves around twin brothers Corey and Ty Bic and their life with their abusive father Benny and subsequent foster-guardian, would-be-politician and polymath Harvey Mott. The twins discover that Harvey is not everything he appears to be and concurrently dark figures from their past begin to reappear, forcing the reader to question how this narrative will link up with one set just a few months in the future. These alternate chapters - set ‘Now,’ and which Corey himself narrates, show the twins on the run when they discover a car wreckage and find a teenage girl tied up in the trunk. Suddenly Corey, Ty and their new companion are forced to flee through the woods to escape her unknown kidnapper. At its best, these alternating chapters really gave the plot some drive. This was particularly the case towards the end of the novel, when each chapter ended on a convincing cliff-hanger. However, it took far too long to reach this point and felt overloaded with too many unnecessary names, character traits and plot twists. I appreciate that attention to detail has its merits but the detail here doesn’t reward the reader upon the novel’s conclusion – either as relevant to the plot resolution or as pre-planned red-herrings. Ultimately they end up detracting from what is, at its core, a strong story. There were also moments throughout the book that felt a little untidy, and proved confusing. These were mostly, but not exclusively, passages that were dialogue heavy. Chapters with long conversations tended to drag and offer little to the plot, whereas the shorter, punchier ones really kept up momentum without, in my opinion, compromising integrity of character. The story at its heart is strong, and there were moments of Horowitz-esque brilliance, but this novel was dragged out for too long.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    This story begins when Benny Bic takes his twin 16-year-old sons Cory and Ty on a road trip for their birthday. Benny is a drunk who has taken to physically abusing Cory since his wife left the family a couple of years earlier. Ty is the one who is the most like their father, including his anger issues. Cory is more sensitive. He's fat, bright, interested in cooking, and is coming to believe that he is gay. The road trip isn't something either of the boys want to do. They wind up hiking into the This story begins when Benny Bic takes his twin 16-year-old sons Cory and Ty on a road trip for their birthday. Benny is a drunk who has taken to physically abusing Cory since his wife left the family a couple of years earlier. Ty is the one who is the most like their father, including his anger issues. Cory is more sensitive. He's fat, bright, interested in cooking, and is coming to believe that he is gay. The road trip isn't something either of the boys want to do. They wind up hiking into the wilderness where, after scaring them by seeming to abandon them, Benny shows the boy a secret hideout in an old burnt out stump that he discovered some years earlier. He also tells them that their home has been sold and that they are moving to Portland so that he can go into business with a low-life named Tirk. Benny moves the kids into a former crack house and begins to get involved with Meth. After he double crosses his partner, he's murdered and the boys are thrown into foster care with the bad guys on their trail. The story is told in a somewhat linear fashion alternating between the boys life in Portland, in Luster, and in Stumptown. It talks about their life in foster care with former judge turned political candidate Harvey Mott and his family, and what they discover about him. It also adds suspense when the boys decided to run away to winter in Stumptown and discover a car with a girl in the trunk who's still be pursued by those who put her there. The story was fast-paced and action-packed. I liked getting to know Cory and watch him grow through the story. The only complaint I have is the number of coincidences that litter the story. The judge picked the boys because he remembers seeing them along with their parents one time when Benny was up before a judge. The kidnapped girl connects to their father and the other villains after them.
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  • ElphaReads
    January 1, 1970
    Special thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book!If you advertise a book that involves two brothers on the run who find a kidnap victim in the trunk of a car, I will probably be enticed. Given that reality, it's not surprising that I was interested in DEADFALL by Stephen Wallenfels. I was lucky enough to get an eARC from NetGalley. So I dove in, hoping for something that would keep me on the edge of my seat.Cory and Ty, twin brothers who have been through a lot together, are Special thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book!If you advertise a book that involves two brothers on the run who find a kidnap victim in the trunk of a car, I will probably be enticed. Given that reality, it's not surprising that I was interested in DEADFALL by Stephen Wallenfels. I was lucky enough to get an eARC from NetGalley. So I dove in, hoping for something that would keep me on the edge of my seat.Cory and Ty, twin brothers who have been through a lot together, are on the run in a stolen car. But when they pull over after seeing signs of an accident, the find a busted up car and no one in sight. That is, until they hear a knocking from the trunk. What they can't know is that while what they are running from is terrible, they may be encountering something far worse.Cory was the main focus in this book, as in the current timeline it was from his first person point of view and in the past it was mostly focused on him, despite being in the third person. He was a sympathetic character with enough depth to be interesting, but with enough mystery to keep the reader wondering what makes him tick. I liked the way the story was laid out, in the present with the kidnapped girl, Astrid, and in the past seeing how Cory and Ty went from being in the custody of their abusive Dad to a better life they eventually abandon. While Cory was a compelling protagonist and I was interested to see how Cory and Ty got to the predicament they were in at the start of the book, DEADFALL didn't really push any limits or take me in completely. I kept waiting for it to get more interesting, but it never really moved past obvious build ups into territory that wowed me. It's a pretty straight forward story that doesn't have many twists or turns. DEADFALL was fine, but it didn't stand out from your average YA thriller.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    A trapped in the wilderness thriller that seems to be Wallenfells go to has just enough intrigue to keep you guessing as the past and present meet resulting a bloody conclusion. “Deadfall” goes back and forth in time telling the story of twin brothers Ty and Cory trying to make a life with an absent mother and deadbeat dad whose get rich quick plans go from bad to worse. I’m the present, the brothers are in the woods in a stolen car when they come upon a crash with something darker lurking withi A trapped in the wilderness thriller that seems to be Wallenfells go to has just enough intrigue to keep you guessing as the past and present meet resulting a bloody conclusion. “Deadfall” goes back and forth in time telling the story of twin brothers Ty and Cory trying to make a life with an absent mother and deadbeat dad whose get rich quick plans go from bad to worse. I’m the present, the brothers are in the woods in a stolen car when they come upon a crash with something darker lurking within the wreckage and have to work with what they’ve got in order to survive the night. This book has a full circle type feel to it where it ends and begins in a similar location but with very different emotions at play which I think was a nice way to wrap up the events of the novel which go from bad to worse as it plays with the idea that monsters are both people you expect and those who hide behind that of normality. I liked both brothers a lot though there was more focus on Cory than that of Ty but their relationship was really cemented in that of survival as they both grew up in an abusive household and had no one else to lean on but each other. Overall this book isn’t bad but it’s also not necessarily great? It has a lot of themes in it that are very grown up and for me that was fine but for a different and probably younger audience I’m not sure how suitable the subject matter would be but that’s not up to me to decide. **special thanks to the publishers and netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review!**
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  • Elisquared
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not typically a big mystery/thriller fan; I prefer my books a little bit more fantastical. But there sometimes comes a book that peaks my interest, and I pick it up. Deadfall by Stephen Wallenfels was one such book, and is going on my small thriller shelf after reading this tense survivalist rollercoaster.At the heart of this story you find two brothers trying to survive and overcome obstacle after obstacle, who grew up within very abusive household, and now are on the cusp of possibly follo I'm not typically a big mystery/thriller fan; I prefer my books a little bit more fantastical. But there sometimes comes a book that peaks my interest, and I pick it up. Deadfall by Stephen Wallenfels was one such book, and is going on my small thriller shelf after reading this tense survivalist rollercoaster.At the heart of this story you find two brothers trying to survive and overcome obstacle after obstacle, who grew up within very abusive household, and now are on the cusp of possibly following in their father's footsteps. Within this you also get a survival journey, as Cory and Ty, on the run from their own problems, stumble upon a kidnapping. It's not as simple as saving the girl, as the murderer is now on their path. The reader experiences the present danger which is intertwined with flashbacks on what Cory and Ty have endured, ultimately resulting in both situations having to do with each other.Overall, the plot will make you continue reading the book, as you'll need to see the what/where/when of Cory and Ty's situation. But without softer, empathetic Cory as the protagonist, and Ty, his volatile and protective brother, as the catalyst, the story wouldn't be as engrossing. The plot and the characters really work well in this survivalist thriller, and this is one book I can definitely say I enjoyed! Already out in the wild, pick up your own copy of Deadfall by Stephen Wallenfals today!
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  • Tamara Morning
    January 1, 1970
    Title: DeadfallAuthor: Stephen WallenfelsGenre: Thriller, YARating: 4 out of 5Ty and Cory Bic are running away from the danger and drama in their lives when they come upon a dying deer in the middle of the road, and tire tracks swerving off the road beside it. Though they need to disappear without a trace, they follow the tracks and find an empty car. The banging from the trunk reveals Astrid, so traumatized she doesn’t speak, and they realize they’ve stumbled into something bad. Something that Title: DeadfallAuthor: Stephen WallenfelsGenre: Thriller, YARating: 4 out of 5Ty and Cory Bic are running away from the danger and drama in their lives when they come upon a dying deer in the middle of the road, and tire tracks swerving off the road beside it. Though they need to disappear without a trace, they follow the tracks and find an empty car. The banging from the trunk reveals Astrid, so traumatized she doesn’t speak, and they realize they’ve stumbled into something bad. Something that might be linked to their past—and the death of their father.Sixteen months before, the twins’ father took them on a hike to show them a secret—and to tell them they were leaving their old lives behind. He moved them hours away, where he soon became involved with some frightening men, while the boys struggled to make a life and clean up the abandoned crack house they found themselves living in. When their father is murdered, they end up in a foster house with a powerful man hiding a secret. When the twins decide to reveal his secret, running away is their only option.This is a pretty dark book, with lots of heavy topics: drug use, abuse, human trafficking, murder…it’s not for the faint of heart. I liked Cory; he struggled with people accepting him, but he is such a strong person, he just has to realize it. Ty was less likable for me, but the two of them together make a formidable team. (Galley provided by Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest review.)More reviews at Tomorrow is Another Day
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  • Lectus
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't find the narrative interesting. The story starts in the past, 16 months ago, and then jumps to the present. For some reason, I wasn't interested in the past though I know it was somehow tied to the present. In short, this book was not for me.Thank you Netgalley for providing mt with a free copy of this title.
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  • eta
    January 1, 1970
    Actual Rating: 4.5whew...i’ve never been so stressed out by a book before. (which is totally a compliment in this case)it was suspenseful, had realistic characters, and a very well plotted thriller. The ONLY reason I docked .5 is because the ending felt a little rushed + I wasn’t SUPER shocked by some of the twists, which doesn’t personally bother me. Other than that? Great!
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  • Dianna
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book for the blog tour. Opinions shared are mine. I loved the edgy back-and-forth mystery of Deadfall. There are a lot of dark topics included in the plot, but they’re not so detailed that I wouldn’t let my teen read it. Fast paced and sometimes frenetic, this book will have you turning page after page trying to read just one more chapter.
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  • Becky Price
    January 1, 1970
    This book kept my interest and kept me reading until the end, but I did feel it was playing the topics brought up a little too safe. I did like that it had me guessing and that I didn't guess correctly (which rarely happens), and I also liked that I was able to relate to Corey so well. I usually have a harder time getting into books with male leads, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I was expecting a much darker book so that was a pretty big let down and is the main reason for it recei This book kept my interest and kept me reading until the end, but I did feel it was playing the topics brought up a little too safe. I did like that it had me guessing and that I didn't guess correctly (which rarely happens), and I also liked that I was able to relate to Corey so well. I usually have a harder time getting into books with male leads, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I was expecting a much darker book so that was a pretty big let down and is the main reason for it receiving 3 stars. I enjoyed it, but it definitely wasn't enough.
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  • Kim Cabrera
    January 1, 1970
    Cory and Ty Bic are twin brothers. On their 16th birthday, their father, Benny Bic, takes them on a hike into the mountains to visit an old place he found there. Someone had made a shelter inside an old stump. Benny takes this opportunity to tell them that he has sold their home (and everything in it) and that they are moving to Portland. In Portland, the boys find the new home to be a trashed crack house owned by their father’s new business partner, an unscrupulous man named Tirk. Cory is the n Cory and Ty Bic are twin brothers. On their 16th birthday, their father, Benny Bic, takes them on a hike into the mountains to visit an old place he found there. Someone had made a shelter inside an old stump. Benny takes this opportunity to tell them that he has sold their home (and everything in it) and that they are moving to Portland. In Portland, the boys find the new home to be a trashed crack house owned by their father’s new business partner, an unscrupulous man named Tirk. Cory is the narrator of the story. He is the one who bears the brunt of his father’s abusive tendencies. Ty is strong and an athlete. Cory is overweight and likes to cook, and he also thinks that he might be gay. So, he struggles with a lot of identity issues and his bully of a father picks up on that as a perceived weakness and harasses him every chance he gets. One night, there is a suspicious fire and Benny is killed. The boys are sent to a foster home. Their new foster father is a judge and is very rich. They live in a huge home with just about anything they want at their fingertips. Their situation seems to have improved a lot, but has it really?This story is told in alternating chapters that present the current time, as well as the past. The reader gradually sees the background come to light. The story begins to make more sense as more and more details are revealed. It’s an interesting writing technique, but the time jumps can be a little disconcerting as a reader. You want to keep going with the scene you were just reading and then suddenly, you are transported back to another scene at a previous time. It works, but the effect can be jarring at times. The character development we see mostly happens with Cory, although his brother does go through some changes too. Mostly, we see Cory growing as a person and becoming more confident in himself and his identity. Both boys develop a goal and work hard for it. The judge always seems to be one step ahead of them though. The novel worked well and the scenes of the chase in the wilderness are well done. The bad guys are thoroughly bad and scary characters. There are a lot of seeming coincidences, but eventually everything comes together and we see how these events became related to each other. Overall, I thought this was a pretty well-done thriller/adventure story. There is an element of mystery in figuring out who the girl in the car trunk is and how she fits into the whole thing. The boys know who murdered Benny, but the detectives have not solved it yet, and what is hidden in the stump? The storyline keeps the reader’s interest and there are many pieces that need to fall into place, so you keep on reading to find out just exactly what happened. I loved it and I recommend it highly!
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