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).
©2012 Richard North Patterson (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio
“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 Sasha, Stacy and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and being the best of company during my recovery.
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 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.
This is a good story mixing a troubled family history and a murder mystery, and Dennis Boutsikaris did a great job of narration. None of the characters are particularly unique (prodigal son returning for the patriarch's funeral, gay son ostracized by the patriarch and sheltered by his mother, etc), but they're portrayed with enough realistic personality that they don't seem cliched. Enjoyable, if not award-winning quality.
I had a bit of trouble getting into this story. Maybe it was the cadence of the narrator or maybe I was a bit distracted. Then it may be that the author was laying all the ground work. But as the story went on, there were more pieces brought in, little snippets of information, new insights, new secrets, more questions. I could not stop reading/listening. I stayed up well past my bedtime because there was no good stopping point.
The story was a finely stitched cloak with hidden seams and disguised pockets. This will be on your favorite book list by the end. Buy it and enjoy it.
This book grabbed me and I could not put it down. I am a slow reader and usually only listen to my audio books on my drives. I listened to this while doing things around the house, on my walks and I finished it in a few days.
I read Clive Cussler and Steve Martini. I like the way these authors also develop their characters, relationships, action, suspense, law and politics.
He had a good voice for Adam and did well on the others.
I like the talks Adam had revealing himself over the course of the book.
Great book and could not wait to read book 2!
Well researched thrillers Chriton-esque. Nonfiction: Science, medical, biography, "self-help" meta cognitive sub-genre, memoir, philosophy..
No because I just did! I would recommend it. It has been years since I read books by this author which I enjoyed very much then. I will not read this one again; I will purchase some additional titles by Patterson.
There are a few dark scenes that stand out. Mostly this novel builds. Families and their battles & secrets we find are not always what we think they are even within our own families. There is love, deceit, honor, horror.... Yet the flow is smooth and builds steadily but calmly. I never experienced any jerky, confusing segues.
He was perfect for this book and contributed to my enjoyment. I will remember his name.
Some sad, some "deep thoughts" - introspection generated, regrets considered, but no crying or laughing. Actually if anything a laugh or two might have been welcomed!
The legal aspects, integral to the "plan" could have been better developed. I liked the protagonist and would have enjoyed a bit more information about HIS secrets at the end of the read. Perhaps a sequel?
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