NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Barnes and Noble Best Book of the Year
Bookpage Best of 2017
Booklist Best Crime Novel
PopSugar Best Book of 2017
The new novel from New York Times bestseller Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River and Shutter Island
“Lehane is the master of complex human characters thrust into suspenseful, page-turning situations.” —Gillian Flynn
Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel’s marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths. By turns heart- breaking, suspenseful, romantic, and sophisticated, Since We Fell is a novel of profound psychological insight and tension. It is Dennis Lehane at his very best.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
After spending time in the historical-fiction trenches, Dennis Lehane has crafted a thriller rooted in the present day. He comes out swinging, with a murder on page one. From there, Lehane hurtles back in time, telling the story of main character Rachel Childs’ upbringing (and uncertain parentage). Since We Fell moves fast—Lehane’s easygoing prose always makes the unspooling narrative seem plausible even as he sets up Rachel for big shocks. At one point, a character notes, “Secrets were power. Secrets were better than sex.” That line could easily double as Lehane’s artistic oath.
Reader Whelan captures the complexity of the protagonist and suspense of Lehane's psychological thriller set in contemporary Boston. The story revolves around Rachel Childs, the once rising star TV news reporter whose career ended in 2009, when she melted down on-air while covering the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. In the years since, Rachel has remained jobless and emotionally shattered, and become prone to panic attacks. She attributes her crippling anxiety to her absent father, who abandoned her when she was five. Rachel, now in her late 30s, rarely leaves the house except to investigate the identity of her father, which she sees as the antidote to her mental issues. That's how she meets Brian Delacroix, a handsome and charismatic private eye, who becomes her new source of stability and eventually her husband. Yet one bump in the road of married life, and Rachel loses control leading her to conspiracy theories about her husband. Whelan pulls the listener along this ever-twisting plot with a cool, low-key delivery that allows Lehane's clean, proficient prose to flow easily without any embellishments. She keeps characterizations of supporting characters, such as Brian and Rachel's mom, to a minimum, but the dialogue is delivered naturally and easy to follow. Whelan excels at subtly voicing Rachel's interior state as she grows from insecure, agoraphobic recluse to a take-charge woman of action. An Ecco hardcover.
Slow …but then …
Very very slow start but built with intrique, superb writing and narrative …
Since We Fell
I got lost once or twice but still a very good read.
Great story, however...
Haya is not a Japanese name.
That is all.