Since We Fell

Since We Fell

by Dennis Lehane

Overview: 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 Rachelís 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. .

Deanna Boe (11/15/17):This author, Dennis Lehane, is probably best known for his novel MYSTIC RIVER, which was an outstanding novel. In fact, since it has been quite a few years since I read it, I feel like reading it again. I am afraid I cannot say the same for SINCE WE FELL. Looking at other reviews I can see where people are definitely split as to their opinion concerning this novel. In fact, even though I just read this novel a few days ago, when it came time to write this review I had to actually open the book and read various parts of the book to remind me of the story!

Obviously, I found this storyline rather confusing. The main character, Rachael Childs, was a rising journalist with hopes of becoming the number one reporter for TV. This work of fiction begins with her desperately searching to find out more about her father. He had walked out on Rachael and her mother when she was three years old. Her mother, who comes across as very obnoxious and controlling, is, ironically, a famous author who is considered an expert on marriage. Incongruously, she did not marry Rachaelís father, nor will she even tell Rachael what her fatherís name is nor anything about him. She keeps promising her that at a certain age she will tell her, but always finds a reason not to do so. Then Rachaelís mother is killed in a car accident thus forcing Rachael to use a private detective in hopes of finding her father. Ironically, all this achieved was the fact she met her future husband.

The next part of the book has Rachael going to Haiti to cover the damage of a hurricane. She becomes so obsessed with Haiti and the children she screws up her reporting career. Once she returns she has a breakdown and becomes housebound. It was during this timeframe she met once again the detective, Brian, she had hired. They become involved and eventually married. He seems too good to be true. She never leaves the apartment for over a year and Brian takes wonderful care of Rachael.

The closing third of the book finally gets to what I consider is the actual plot. Why did her husband, Brian, have her involved? Just what is the story behind this perfect husband? Had Brian conspired all of this from the first time he met Rachael? This last third of the story gets, to me, too far out, including when Rachael shoots Brian. In short, we have a storyline that deals with abandonment, treachery, friendship, mental health, trust, loveÖ.in other words a little bit of everything. Do you understand why it can be confusing? This is one book that many of you will love and think was great and perhaps some of you will be like me and not sure just how you feel.
Rating: ***

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