Detective Max Rupert is convinced that Jennavieve Pruitt was killed by her husband, Ben. Max’s friend, attorney Boady Sanden, is equally convinced that Ben, his client, is innocent. The case is pushing their friendship to the breaking point and forcing each to confront personal demons. Max is still struggling with the death of his wife four years earlier and the Pruitt case stirs up old memories. Boady hasn’t taken on a defense case since the death of an innocent client, a man Boady believes he could have saved but didn’t. Now he is back in court, determined to redeem himself for having failed in the past. Vividly told from two opposing perspectives, the story of Jennavieve Pruitt’s death disrupts many lives and the truth remains a mystery till the very end.
The novel tells the story of a young cop named Max Rupert whose wife was killed a few years ago in a car accident. Max is investigating the death of Jennavieve Pruitt and is sure that her husband, Ben, was the one who killed her. On the other hand, we have lawyer Boady Sanden, who is equally convinced that Ben is completely innocent… Who’s right and who’s wrong?
What I liked the most about The Heavens May Fall is that the book was told from two different perspectives, but not your typical ones. No, none of them was the alleged killer and there weren’t any husband/wife povs here either. The most interesting thing about this book is that the two narrators are actually good friends who are confronted because of the criminal case they’re investigating. Because once you’re in the courtroom, you can easily cross the lines… And that’s exactly what happens here. Can you imagine knowing someone’s darkest secrets and taking advantage of that?
Another aspect I enjoyed a lot was the fact that the characters felt very real. I grew attached to Max right from the start and couldn’t help to like him a lot! Boady was also a great character but he came later into the scene and my heart already belonged to the tortured cop. Even the supporting characters like Jennavieve Pruitt’s sister had layers. I just loved Allen Eskens’ ability to give everyone some depth.
I enjoyed the final turn of events and the last few chapters were incredibly gripping, which of course meant that I had to read the last 50% in just one sitting: I was eager to know how the story would unfold. Did Ben kill her? Or didn’t he? The resolution of the mystery was, unfortunately, exactly what I was expecting, but I still liked it because it reminded me of an Agatha Christie book (don’t ask why, it just did).
My favorite scene was in one of the last chapters when one character had to make a tough decision. I truly didn’t know what would happen and the outcome left me quite satisfied. However, I do think the actual ending was a bit too neat, but it was a nice conclusion that I believe most readers will appreciate.
In the end, The Heavens May Fall was a great and captivating procedural, perfect for fans of books about cops and lawyers. It might not be as unforgettable as I would’ve liked, but it’s still an intriguing mystery for everyone who loves a well-written courtroom drama with awesome characters to root for.
Seventh Street Books, 2016
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.