Since We Fell is one hell of a ride

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

BOTTOM LINE: Now this is what a thriller should be!

Genre: Psychological Suspense
Publication Date: 9 May 2017
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Synopsis from the Publisher:

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.”

My Thoughts: From its fabulous opening sentence to its chilling and yet hopeful final one, Dennis Lehane’s latest thriller is the epitome of a compulsively readable story. Rachel’s story is a twisty tale of betrayal and love that really does leave readers guessing all the way to the very end. Also, Mr. Lehane takes his time establishing his characters so that when the action takes off, readers know them well enough to add an additional layer of interest to the story.

In truth, the deliberateness with which Mr. Lehane develops Rachel is one of the story’s best features. He does not rush into the action but allows it to build naturally as Rachel asks each new question. Even better, Rachel is not a one-dimensional character with minimal backstory and little development. She is a rich, deeply defined character that readers intimately know. We see her love/hate relationship with her mother, the hole in her life that is her missing father. We see her career take off; we see her first marriage blossom and fail. We watch her spectacular breakdown on national television, and we see her attempt to build herself up again after her very public downfall. We know her motivations, her passions, her fears, her worries. By the time her second husband enters the picture there is nothing we don’t know about her, and the story is better for it.

As for the story itself, that is one better discovered for oneself. Mr. Lehane does a fantastic job presenting clues that you recognize as clues but that only make sense in hindsight. He also skillfully keeps the plot a complete surprise while minimizing the use of plot twists. Since We Fell is a thinking person’s thriller – erudite and thoughtful as well as intense and entertaining – and would make a great summer read or book club selection.

12 Responses to Since We Fell is one hell of a ride
  1. Brandie
    May 10, 2017 | 5:44 AM

    You are making me so excited to get my hands on this book! I signed up for The Book of the Month and this is the book I picked. Can’t wait to read it!

    • Michelle
      May 10, 2017 | 7:33 AM

      I think this is one you will really enjoy. Have fun!

  2. Sarah's Book Shelves
    May 10, 2017 | 6:54 AM

    Now this sounds like a thriller that I can get on board with! Will definitely read this summer!

    • Michelle
      May 10, 2017 | 7:34 AM

      I hoped I would change your mind a bit about it as I knew you were on the fence. I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

  3. Debi
    May 10, 2017 | 7:47 AM

    I think I’m going to have to live to be about 495 to read all the books that you’re adding to my TBR list lately.

    • Michelle
      May 10, 2017 | 2:04 PM

      If it makes you feel any better, I have 1,000 more waiting for me IN MY HOUSE that I have not yet read. I need to retire now and never buy any more books.

  4. Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)
    May 11, 2017 | 6:59 PM

    Now I wish I’d gotten this as my Book of the Month pick! Clearly, it’s going on the library hold list, sounds great.

    • Michelle
      May 12, 2017 | 8:49 AM

      Maybe you can pick up a copy next month!

  5. Steph
    May 13, 2017 | 6:54 PM

    This sounds wonderful. LeHane is one of those authors I’ve been meaning to get to for years. Is this part of a series or a stand alone?

    • Michelle
      May 15, 2017 | 11:04 AM

      This is a standalone novel. I have not read any of his series.

  6. susan
    May 16, 2017 | 5:23 PM

    Sounds like a perfect summer read! Wahoo! I will get on the list for it from the library. So glad for your positive review. I did like his Shutter Island book. This one sounds as compelling as that.

    • Michelle
      May 17, 2017 | 10:10 AM

      This one was amazing. A perfect summer selection.

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