Since We Fell: A Novel by Dennis LehaneSince We Fell: A Novel by Dennis Lehane

Since We Fell: A Novel

byDennis Lehane

Paperback | May 9, 2017

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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.

Dennis Lehane was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts on August 4, 1965. He graduated from Eckerd College and the graduate program in creative writing at Florida International University. He has written several mystery novels including Darkness, Take My Hand; Sacred; and Shutter Island. A Drink Before the War won the 1995 Shamus Award fo...
Title:Since We Fell: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.08 inPublished:May 9, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062677144

ISBN - 13:9780062677143

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good weekend read This is the type of book that I enjoy reading on the beach - not too challenging but not completely mindless, either. Enough tropes to feel familiar, but keeps you guessing all the same. I did feel that the book as a whole was a bit uneven; there are some slow parts and some places where I couldn't suspend my disbelief. However, if you are into this genre then it's a decent read.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Take it for what it is, and you'll love it I've seen some complaints on this book being two different stories, and about the ending. I'll tell you right up front, I won't spoil either, but I will say, I quite enjoyed the full ride, two stories, ending, and all. I'll fully declare my Lehane fan-card. I became a fan with the brilliant Mystic River, then went back and read every single word the man had published. I've long declared that The Given Day was my favourite book of the year when it was published (though I think each of the two follow ups did offer diminishing returns). I was deliriously excited to see a standalone novel. Haven't gotten one of those from Lehane in a while. And it was also contemporary. Bonus. So, I dived in. There's certain authors that I don't even bother to read the back cover or investigate the book in any way. Lehane is one. Elmore Leonard, Andrew Pyper, Stephen King, and Jack Ketchum are a few of the others. So I went into the story completely cold, knowing nothing about it. At first I thought it was going to be the mystery of Rachel's father. Then it seemed to morph into wonderfully sweet romance. Then it took a dark turn. Then it was full-on action for the last third. So, was it a little schizophrenic? Absolutely. But Lehane has done this is the past, led us down a path, only to take an unexpected turn and flip the story on its head. So I'm completely okay with that. Life is a bit messy at times, and he doesn't mind making it the same for his characters. All I'll say about the ending is that it's a touch--just a touch, mind you--open-ended. And seriously, with all that led up to that point, if it doesn't satisfy you, then I'll say you completely missed the point of the novel...and the thing that makes that messiness all right. The point of the story is Rachel's journey from who she was, to who she will be. Understand that, and you'll be fine with the book.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! I hesitated reading this one for a bit - not for any specific reason, but just because it kept being passed by for other books - but, wow. It is so well written and the story is so captivating. You won't want to put it down once you start it.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! My friend lent me this book to read after she finished. While she felt there were some areas that were slow, I felt the opposite. I couldn't wait to find out where the story was headed and I liked how smaller story lines were discussed and closed neatly. Great suspenseful read that I could not wait to finish.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating I liked the middle better than the ending. A good read.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good :) A little slow and long at first but it picks up and the suspense builds and it turned into a pretty good read.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Simply amazing- enjoyed every moment
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting Suspenseful page after page.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Since We Fell It starts out slow but it picks up and then it's fast-paced and suspenseful to the end. Would recommend it
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it I was happy that I have read this book. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I liked it This was a really enjoyable read, I would recommend it.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Don’t be discouraged by the slow start. Just be sure to buckle up because the ride is adrenaline-charged I am a self-professed Dennis Lehane fan and I have been reading him since the first Kenzie-Gennaro novels. Since We Fell is a departure for Lehane in that it is more of a psychological thriller along the lines of Paula Hawkins (Girl on the Train) or Clare Mackintosh (I Let You Go). His foray into this field is an overwhelming success particularly because it is better written that many of the novels in this genre. The writing style is exceptional and the human connections are so tangible and personal, The book starts slowly and deliberately and is focused on the protagonist’s (Rachel) battle with an over-controlling mother and her search for her father. In the second act she battles agoraphobia. This leisurely approach is still effective because Lehane creates such interesting characters and a plot that ensures the reader will remain engaged. The last half of the book switches into overdrive and it is time to hang on for an exhilarating and exciting ride. It is pure enjoyment. Lehane transforms his tale from a psychological mystery to an intriguing story of murder and dishonesty. I read the book in one day and the speed at which I read seemed to match the pace of the story. It should appeal to fans of psychological dramas that may not have been exposed to Lehane in the past while still hitting the mark with readers of crime fiction.
Date published: 2017-02-22

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“The mystery and intrigue never let go; the twists and turns are engaging and unexpected all the way down the track.”