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.
It’s no secret that Dennis Lehane is one of my favorite authors. His detective books and his gangster series are amazing, as well as some of his standalone novels like Mystic River or Shutter Island.
My dear friend Renee sent me his latest book (thank you so much ❤!), a psychological thriller called Since We Fell, and although I had a lot of scheduled reads, I decided to start it and it took me only two days to read it. Actually, I read 80% of it in a sitting but I had to go to bed and, believe me, I didn’t want to. I finished it the next evening and I seriously wanted more.
Most reviews I’ve read claim that the first part of the book isn’t as good as the second section. I must say I really loved both: I think Lehane’s writing was simply wonderful when he told us Rachel’s story and I was so immersed in her life that I didn’t care there wasn’t much action during the first 50% of the book. However, the last part of the novel suddenly turned into a cinematic thriller filled with suspense and action and I really enjoyed it too. Was it believable? Not really. But it was lots of fun. Oh, and I can’t forget about the prologue. Probably one of the best I’ve come across lately.
I think part of the reason why I loved this book so much was that I actually cared for Rachel. She was a good person and I wanted her to be happy. I’m not sure what I would’ve done if I were her, that’s for sure. And I don’t know if I’m the only one, but I was rooting for her and Brian to end up together. I was interested in Rachel’s family troubles (her search for her father) and later, I wanted her to investigate what was going on. I don’t think I can tell you anything about the plot because I want you to find out for yourselves.
And, as I said, Dennis Lehane’s writing is gorgeous. He has a way with words and he had me completely hooked from the very first page. I never lost interest when this could’ve easily happened had it been another writer. I’m not going to lie, maybe I would’ve wanted more of a surprise when the revelations came, but I still think this is one of the most enjoyable novels I’ve read lately.
Little Brown, 2017