I will start by saying I love Dennis Lehane's books, all of them. His latest novel is no exception. It begins examining the life of Rachel Childs, daughter of a famous author whose bestseller dealt with relationships. Sadly, Rachel's mother is notoriously bad at relationships and withholds the identity of her father from her --always using it as a cudgel. Rachel spends her early adult years searching her father's identity while building her career as a respected journalist and marrying a seemingly ideal man.
Rachel has an on-air meltdown while reporting from Haiti. The backlash in the social media era is swift and complete. Her career, marriage and confidence are shattered and she slowly recedes from life and becomes a virtual shut-in. On an extremely rare outing, Rachel reconnects with Brian, a man she first engaged as a private investigator to find her father. Over the following years, they maintained contact but were never in sync. The chance meeting re-kindles their relationship and begins to spark Rachel's slow recovery. Her life seems just about as good as it can get when she chances upon a man who looks exactly like Brian when Brian is supposed to be out of the country.
Rachel can't seem to shake the nagging suspicion that something really is not as it should be--how well does she really know her perfect husband? So begins the return of Rachel the dogged investigative reporter. How much of her life and her husband's life is real? You will have to turn the pages as fast as I did to find the answer to Lehane's novel that is as much a character-driven drama as it is psychological thriller and a truly fun summer read.— Julie
The new novel from New York Times bestseller Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River and Shutter Island
"Lehane is the master of complex human characters thrust into suspenseful, page-turning situations." --Gillian Flynn
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.