The mysterious, violent death of a prominent New England patriarch exposes a nest of dark family secrets in bestselling author Richard North Patterson’s twentieth compelling novel. Adam Blaine arrives on the island of Martha’s Vineyard to attend the funeral of his estranged father, Ben Blaine, a famous and charismatic writer who has served as patriarch of his clan for many years. A man fond of sailboats, good wine, and women other than his wife, Ben Blaine has left behind a string of secrets in addition to an emotionally distraught widow and his strangely aloof mistress, Carla Pacelli, a beautiful television actress who once had a drug problem.
As soon as Adam arrives, he discovers that Ben has disinherited his mother, uncle, and brother in favor of his lover, and begins to wonder if his father’s death - caused by an inexplicable fall from a cliff - might be murder. Using his training as a CIA operative, Adam skillfully seeks to obscure the evidence suggesting that a family member may have killed his father, while at the same time fighting to undo the will, which favors the enigmatic Carla. As he walks this tightrope, Adam risks his freedom and perhaps his life, even as he unearths increasingly disturbing family secrets never meant to be discovered, and which cause him to question his understanding of his own life and everyone around him - his beloved mother, uncle, and brother and, not least, Carla.
Filled with tight psychological intrigue that will keep readers guessing until the very last page, Fall from Grace confirms that “Richard North Patterson is one of the best in the business” (Time).
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“Fall from Grace is a stunning tale of betrayal and love - family members torn apart as the possible murder of the patriarch, whose power and prestige have dominated for decades, unravels secrets and scandals against the dramatic backdrop of the unforgiving Vineyard landscape. Richard North Patterson delivers thrilling suspense every time.” (Linda Fairstein, author of Silent Mercy)
"The Devil’s Light will grab you from the very first page and never let go. Patterson’s amazing storytelling is made all the better by his emotionally complex characters. I was intrigued.” (Kathy Reichs, #1 New York Times best-selling author of 206 Bones)
“Richard North Patterson is a terrific novelist.” (The Washington Post)
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He is the reason I decided to download the audiobook. Popular mysteries aren't usually my thin, but sometimes I'm open to trying something other than a romance novel and Mr. Boutsikaris sample was clear and strong and I can't explain how I was so drawn to his voice.
Patterson is an excellent wordsmith. I did not laugh or cry ... but I did thrill, gasp and sniffed through the scandalous plot. I liked that this story was set within the confines of a small town and that it navigated slippery family issues.
Addicted to Audible!
I love Richard North Patterson so I always read or listen to his books. This was a fast moving story, the narration was good and there was some interesting psychology going on. It was not great- but certainly not a waste of time. I am glad I listened to this rather than read it though, since it wasnt really that original.
Special thanks to my girls Stacy, Sash and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and for being there during my multiple recoveries
If you're a fan of the author you'll recognize all the characters. The loyal wife and mother, married to the domineering husband who's either cheating or beating. The loyal alpha son who protects his mother; the distant, timid, uninvolved brother and son. There is of course the other woman; in every R N Patterson there is the other woman. As always the story moves back and forth through time using flashbacks to provide texture and context to the narrative. If you've liked his novels previously then you'll most likely enjoy this one as well. Warning; if you're not familiar with the author and you are politically conservative you will not like this author.
I've read several books by Richard North Patterson and have always been pleased. This time I was disappointed, not to the point where I'd never read another of his books, but this one was far from the best of his work. The plot was tedious and the characters were so self absorbed that I found very little to redeem them.
There was not a single character with likeable qualities. I couldn't identify with any of them and therefore I couldn't like them very much either. I found that I didn't care what happened to any of them and by the end of the book, I was glad for them all that their story was over. If Mr. North had written even one compelling character I probably would have enjoyed the book more.
Interesting Versatile Pleasing I like Mr. Boutsikaris as an actor and I like him as a reader.
Initially I was disappointed, then frustrated, and finally bored with everyone in the book.
The book felt like one long therapy session. Each secondary character (who was still alive) poured his or her heart out to the protagonist who then had to make sense of it all. There was lots of talking and little action. It was very predictable and read more like a souped up romance novel than a mystery novel. The protagonist did have an interesting back story but it was not fully developed. I expect it will be fleshed out in subsequent books.
I had expected more, the story was boring, characters were very unlikeable, i was glad when it finally finished. Didn't like the reader either, he has that annoying crackle, really annoyed me. I'd give it a miss
I haven't "read" a book in a very long time. My commute is an hour each way so I've been listening to books for quite a few years now. I did listen to the unabridged version.
Finding out if a murder or suicide was committed.
I did not have an extreme reaction to this book but enjoyed every minute of it.
I would highly recommend this book. Great story and wonderful reader.
Richard north Patterson excelled at creating a narrative told in a series of intimate conversations containing many levels of relations. Seeing how Adam, the main character, communicates with his estranged family, friends and lovers from his past, as well as how he handles a chess match with his father from beyond the grave is a treat.
This was my first book by Patterson. It was on sale and I have heard so much about him that I just picked it up. I was a little surprised while listening to the book that there was so much praise for this author as I thought the book was not any better than all the other books out there. When I went back to the reviews and saw that others said this was not his best work, I understood. It is not that this was a bad book, it was worth the sale price and I would not have been upset if I had spent a credit. I was just expecting more from such a big name. The character descriptions were great and the story line was good, there just were not really any big surprises like I would have expected. Almost all the so called big story plots, I saw coming a mile away. In addition, some things just did not make sense. For instance, the main character Adam is supposed to be an undercover CIA agent turning Afghanistan citizens into spies yet has no problem being photographed by tabloids. ??.
It may have been the narrator. Boutsikaris was not the best I have ever heard. His tone was nice but his inflections seemed muted or static. Sometimes his character voices blended in with his narrative voice so there was no distinction as to who was talking until you heard him say the character’s name. Maybe this is better read than listened to. I gave it 4 stars overall as this was a good listen.
I would listen to the next in the series but I read it is not a continuation but rather a prequel to this book as to how Ben (the bad guy father) came to be how he was. I just don't think I am up to reading about how a true AS_ could become such a complete jerk as a human. There is nothing anyone could tell me that would make me feel sorry for such a poor excuse for a father let alone human being. There is no excuse for people like that. I don't think I could listen to anymore of the bad things he has done as he did enough in this book. Maybe I will skip to the last.
I enjoy a story with layers and this one definitely had them. Somewhat predictable but still enjoyable.
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