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Since We Fell: A Novel

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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 heartbreaking, suspenseful, romantic, and sophisticated, Since We Fell is a novel of profound psychological insight and tension. It is Dennis Lehane at his very best.

©2017 Dennis Lehane (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Na 05-14-17
    Na 05-14-17

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    "Compelling but far fetched"

    This was a compulsive listen, and I don't regret spending a credit on it. But so many elements of the story turn out to be dead ends, and ultimately the story is very far fetched.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Ann United States 05-17-17
    Ann United States 05-17-17 Member Since 2010

    Seeking the Truth

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    The first half of Dennis Lehane's latest novel, Since We Fell, is a meandering but engaging tale of a young female journalist, her relationships, and her callous, overbearing mother. Unfortunately, the second half of the audiobook disintegrates into an unoriginal romance story (a veiled and failed take-off of the sarcastic but in-love Charlie and Rose in the African Queen) between the journalist and her husband who is not who he seems (and his real self is unimpressive). The two characters are often implausible and always one-dimensional, never allowing the reader to become emotionally invested in in either the couple or the story. The hit men and police are embarrassingly clichéd, quite surprising given Lehane's superior writing talent. The ending was a miserable failure. The narrator, Julia Whelan, does a credible job. Wait until the audiobook goes on sale if you must get this book.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Gregory Indianapolis, IN USA 06-18-17
    Teresa Gregory Indianapolis, IN USA 06-18-17 Member Since 2015

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    "This is "Dennis Lehane Lite""

    I. Love. Dennis Lehane. He writes gritty intriguing stories with such elegant prose. Every so often, he drops in a random phrase so beautiful that I have to stop and savor it before I move on. Also, I always expect a surprise from him, a twist, a turn, one that I did not see coming.

    This book is nicely written, but there aren't very many stop-me-in-my-tracks phrases that I love. The plot plods along well past the midway point before I get my first surprise. Because of these two issues, I kept forgetting I was reading Dennis Lehane.

    Julia Whelan does her usual quality read, though a couple of times I was confused on which man was speaking.

    This was an interesting story, though it requires a little more suspension of disbelief than usual. It gets grittier and more involved as it goes along. If you get this and wonder when the plot is going to pick up, stick with it, because once it does, it DOES. It was a nice summer read. Thanks, Dennis.



    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Wilson 05-11-17
    Lisa Wilson 05-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent book!"

    Perfect narrator for this novel. Dennis Lehane never disappoints and this one will keep you interested til the end. A little slow on the start up but so worth it once the action starts!

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    W Perry Hall 06-02-17

    "There is scarcely any passion without struggle." Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

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    "My life has been such misery and pain"


    I decided to read this because I enjoyed most of Lehane's gritty, intelligent Kenzie/Gennaro series set in Boston (e.g., Gone, Baby, Gone). This was his first non-period novel in a while. I wasn't thrilled with the one period novel I read so I was intrigued when he returned to the present.

    This is a suspense/psychological thriller that works for the most part. I was puzzled by some disconnects though (one thread dropped off without explanation). Also, while I thought the female protagonist was very well-developed, I wish he'd gone much deeper because she may be his best protagonist ever, certainly for the first 40% of the novel.

    I won't provide a description of the characters or plot because it might ruin the story. In fact I'd suggest you not delve too far into the reviews as I did. The less you know, the better the story. One review gave me a one word description of the plot but didn't disclose the ending. Yet, even mentioning this clue was more than enough to spur my mind to figuring out the next twist, which I did with decent success.

    If you've already read reviews, go ahead and look at my one sentence general description of the plot:
    Hitchcockian.
    This was all I needed to know to have me guessing/knowing all through the novel of what was about to happen.

    A short rant about reviewers complaining the novel is not worthy of reading or its value is lessened because the plot is like that in a movie made director X or in such and such niche of a genre:

    To the supercilious literati tendency who look down upon a novel because it reminds her/him of another novel or a film, Please, gimme a break!.

    There is nothing wholly new in this world. I won't ramble on that nearly all art is taken/stolen, at least in some part, from something done by someone else, who stole/took, at least in some part, something another did before that, and so on. Since the time of Solomon, as he pronounced: "There is nothing new under the sun." Ecclesiastes 1:9.

    Instead, you cognoscenti who would not deign to listen to me, hear ye the whispers of the ghosts of artists who you must surely respect:

    Picasso: " Art is theft ."

    Mark Twain: " It is better to take what does not belong to you than to let it lie around neglected. "

    Salvado Dali: " Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing. "

    David Bowie: " The only art I'll ever study is stuff that I can steal from ."

    I agree with Jonathan Lethem that when one thinks something is truly "original," nine out of ten times one just doesn't know the references or the original sources involved.

    I'd have to say that T.S. Eliot best described "originality" in a way that accounted for the fact that nothing is wholly new:

    "Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poets welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different from that from which it was torn."

    By this definition, even if one thought Dennis Lehane borrowed from a certain director's plot twists and/or endings in writing this novel, Lehane still "weld[ed] this... into a whole of feeling which is unique [and] utterly different."

    {End of Rant} Thank you for your indulgences.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Lacy Virginia 07-30-17
    Jeff Lacy Virginia 07-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Engrossing suspenseful entertaining"

    I found Since We Fell engrossing and entertaining. It is suspenseful and a fun read with some compelling characters. I found it hard to put down, racing to plunge to the next scene and wanting to know what is going to happen next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    06-25-17
    06-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow!!"

    This story kept me on the edge. I enjoyed the twists and unpredictable story line. Would definitely recommend this awesome novel.

    Annette

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    antonio genthod, Switzerland 06-24-17
    antonio genthod, Switzerland 06-24-17 Member Since 2011

    A man's got to do what a man's got to do..

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    "Things are not what they seem..."

    The plot is articulated in two/three parts . We start with the main character’s (Rachel) childhood years with a dysfunctional and abusive mother, we continue with Rachel's search of her father along with the rapid rise and fall of her career in journalism and we end (but this is by far the longest part) with Rachel meeting and falling in love with a stranger …From here onwards the thriller starts. We enter into a Hitchcock-like atmosphere where is difficult for Rachel (and the reader) to understand what is true and what is false, what has truly happened and what has been imagined. This type of stories need to be well tied-up and with a solid logic that gives credibility to the plot (the more sounds credible, the more the reader is engaged). Lehane is letting us down as- at times- and story and characters become inconsistent and the reader feels often that is taken for a walk into an unbelievable territory.
    I do love Lehane, but am very mixed on this book : at times truly suspenseful and engaging , at times frustrating and too far-fetched.
    Julia Whelan does an exceptional job to keep the reader hocked and to make him forget the credibility gap.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Suzan United States 06-20-17
    Suzan United States 06-20-17 Member Since 2017

    I like crafts, gardening, reading and camping.

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    "Slow at first, I almost gave up on it; but don't!"

    After a roller coaster of emotions, love, hate dispise, evil. All I can say is it's got to be love - you old softy, Dennis Lehane.

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    KellyH 06-08-17
    KellyH 06-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Julia Whelan is one of the best!"

    This was not good but not bad.... very ....in the middle. No surprises. Nothing really exciting, very predictable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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