Since We Fell: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 1 minute|
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|Audible.com Release Date||May 09, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #70,596 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,616 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,276 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#5,540 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
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There are a number of directions Lehane could have taken with this story. Could have made Rachel crazy and hallucinating. Could have made her a hero who does the right thing. Instead he made her another one of those weak pointless women who seem to be all the rage these days in fiction. Here's a SPOILER so you don't waste your money just to find out I was correct in my assessment:
Brian has assumed not one, but many fake identities. He is a con man with an elaborate plan to steal millions and leave the country with his equally fake partner, who has a con man wife that he didn't realize was conning him. Rachel, despite everything Brian has put her through, both emotionally and physically, goes along with him.
I feel like Lehane is laughing at me for giving him money for this insulting trash, but rest assured it will be the last dime of mine he sees.
But SINCE WE FELL doesn’t begin like one of Lehane’s older novels. The first half of this book is a study of Rachel, the main character. It does not grip the reader almost immediately, as you might have expected of Lehane before his mafia books.
Instead, we learn of Rachel’s discontent with her mother, who refuses to tell Rachel who her father is/was. Eventually, Rachel looks for him on her own. This leads to her initial meeting with Brian, a supposed private detective, who refuses to take her money for a job he knows he can’t do.
We also learn a lot more about Rachel, maybe more than we need to know sometimes. For various reasons, though, she is frequently afflicted with panic attacks. They disrupt her life so much that she becomes almost totally housebound.
The second half of SINCE WE FELL is Lehane as we used to expect. Now we come to know Brian better. Is he all that he seems? Who is he, really?
There’s more plot to the second half. But the character study in the first half is what makes the book more than a plot-driven thriller.
In this novel, we have a journalist who has a very public meltdown that leaves her afraid to go out into the world and a virtual prisoner in her own home. She is lucky though, she is married to a wonderful and caring man. Gradually she begins to have some doubts about him and starts investigating.
This is very much different to the other books Lehane has written and to be honest, I didn't like it at all. The main character was not likable and I had trouble sympathising with her mental issues, the breakdown didn't ring true at all, the whole Haiti descriptions didn't feel right to me either. The story just felt a bit too pat for my tastes.
Maybe I will re-try it in a few years and think it is brilliant but until then, 2 stars.
Now this alone would not be bad if it weren't for the lack of substance in either part; or if it weren't so badly over-written. Aside from some awkward plot-twists, the reader will say to him-or-her self: Is that all there is? There is simply nothing there; it's like unintentionally drinking a stale bottle of Near-Beer, waiting for the taste or buzz that never shows up.
If you don't mind blowing a couple of bucks for the kindle edition it might keep you interested enough to get through a cross-country flight. Then again, maybe not.
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The prologue and blurb shock you, as it reveals Rachel has shot her husband. The ‘why’ is not divulged. The story then sweeps back and builds up Rachel’s childhood and early adult years, revealing more about her personality and the memories that have shaped her.
Looking back on this book, I’m in awe of how much Lehane packed into just over 400 pages, so much of Rachel’s life is covered through this story!
This book has a magical pull about it, it just grabs you and absorbs you into a plot that is full of paranoia, twists and intrigue. It’s not like a typical crime thriller, whilst the suspense and shock factor are present, it also focuses heavily on self discovery and recovery. I personally think this made the book more unique and I liked the slow burn effect it added to the plot. Some people might be put off by this, and usually I am, but I feel Lehane managed to pull it out the bag due to his strong characterisation skills. All of the characters bring so much to the table; be it they’re relatable or unreliable, they just add so much colour to the story.
My only niggle; and the reasons why it’s a 4 star rating, I’d have liked the ending to have been drawn out a bit more, it felt a little rushed, which was disappointing since I can’t fault the first 300 pages of this book.