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Since We Fell: A Novel por Dennis Lehane
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Since We Fell: A Novel (original 2017; edição 2018)

por Dennis Lehane (Autor)

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After Rachel Childs, a former journalist, suffers an on-air mental breakdown, she 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.… (mais)
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Título:Since We Fell: A Novel
Autores:Dennis Lehane (Autor)
Informação:Ecco (2018), Edition: Reprint, 432 pages
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This was just a very, very silly thriller that made absolutely no sense, at times it felt like I was reading three entirely separate books *sigh* the biggest let down for me was the terrible dialogue it just felt like one of those cheap romantic/thriller films (I was reading a review where someone likened the last half to a terrible Katherine Heigl film and I couldn't agree more). Incredibly disappointing is this really the same author who gave us 'Shutter Island'??? ( )
  MandaTheStrange | Oct 7, 2020 |

I had my first taste of Dennis Lehane last year when I read his first novel, 'A Drink Before The War'. I was impressed. Then I found out he wrote 'Mystic River' and 'Shutter Island' and I knew I had to read some more. I thought I'd read his latest book for the Genre Mystery square for my Halloween Bingo reading game.

This was me two days ago when I started 'Since We Fell'



The Prologue was even better than I expected. It opened with these killer sentences: 

'On a Tuesday in May, in her thirty-fifth year, Rachel shot her husband dead. He stumbled backward with an odd look of confirmation on his face, as if some part of him had always known she'd do it.'

I clapped myself on the back for choosing a good book and moved on to Chapter One...

...turned out not to be about a murder investigation but about Rachel's childhood with her mother and it read like something by Elizabeth Strout.

Still, I like Elizabeth Strout and the writing was good, so I continued

This was me this morning:



'Sadly, wearily, he flicks the headphones to off, sets down his phone, looks up, wipes his brow and with grim resignation says: "OK. I'm calling it. Time of Death of interest is 10.52 September 7th."

I set 'Since We Fell' aside after 23% (2.5 hours). 

The publisher's summary described 'Since We Fell' as:

'Bringing together Dennis Lehane's trademark insightful and empathetic characterisation, razor-sharp dialogue, stunning atmosphere and breakneck twists and turns, Since We Fell is a true masterpiece that will keep you in suspense until the very end. '


I wasn't seeing any of that. I was bored. I didn't care about the main character. OK, her mother was a nasty secret-keeping power-hungry emotionally-distant nightmare who wouldn't tell Rachel who her father was. It's more than two decades later and Rachel, who has the perfect career and the perfect husband and has never had to struggle for anything in her privileged white middle-class life, feels her life is empty because she's an orphan. And I should care why?

Nothing interesting had happened since Rachel shot her husband in the first paragraph. I felt like I was watching a set being assembled while waiting for the play to start. The prose was good but there was no suspense, no mystery and no engagement in the main character's plight. 

I decided l was done.

Maybe I'll come back to this when I'm looking for a slow burn read but for now, life's to short to read a book that's boring me.
  MikeFinnFiction | Sep 7, 2020 |
This is right up there with Mystic River. It is Dennis Lehane at his peak as an author. The story draws you in, the characters come alive, the story simply flows taking you along with it. At this point I don't think there is a better author writing today than Dennis Lehane.

When I read the reviews the way the story was description, I guess it would be kind to say, I really didn't process what everyone was saying. Yes the first part is a very compelling psychological study of a lonely damaged young woman; lost, alone, insecure, abandoned and searching for her roots and identity, struggling to cope with a world that felt overwhelming to her. The second part is simply one of the most interesting thrillers I have read in a long time. Still why two rather distinct though related stories have to do with each other beyond the fact they both are focused on the principal character. Simply put without the intense in depth understanding of the main character the edge would be lost on the entire story. Yes the thriller portion in its self is so well written that it could stand alone however what makes this a great book, story and read is how necessary the first rather melancholy segment drives the critical underlying understanding of the entire story. Each part in its own is great writing. Together Dennis Lehane makes these mutually complementary and melds them with creativity and energy into a great story. This is a must read for any Dennis Lehane fan and for anyone who craves a breath taking journey.

After thinking about it for a couple of weeks I do have to say found the ending somewhat disappointing. I realize and understand that a good story does not always have a 'finalizing' ending but this one just stopped. The abrupt ending does make me wonder if there isn't a potential sequel. Considering the depth of the two principal characters it could be an amazing adventure. ( )
  can44okie | Aug 28, 2020 |
Dennis Lehane is always so good, I have this book in two forms: the signed first edition that I preordered, and the Audible version so that I didn't have to crack the spine on the first one!

This is the story of a woman, searching for her father. Then, it is the story of a woman, building a career as a reporter. Then it is the story of a woman buckling under pressure and nearly losing everything. Then it is a story of her meeting her dream man. And then, lastly, it is the story of her dream man being someone else altogether.

I had no idea where this story was going for most of the time I was listening to it. Though some of it was far-fetched, and even though I couldn't quite suspend my disbelief in certain sections, I still had a great time going on the ride. (I think the first half could have been cut down considerably, but those sections were important, if only to know how Rachel got to be where she was later.)

Overall, this was a quick read because every 5 minutes we're turned in another direction and it was hard to leave off for long, out of the interest in what was going to happen next!

Fun!

*I bought this book, (TWICE), with my hard earned cash.* ( )
  Charrlygirl | Aug 14, 2020 |
Since We Fell is an interesting read. I have seen other reviewers remark that it's really 2 books in one and I think that's an apt description.

The first part of the book follows protagonist Rachael Childs as she tries to piece together clues to find her father and make sense of her life. Rachel's mother is a larger than life character who haunts her daughter long after her death. For reasons of her own, she kept the identity of Rachael's father from her.

Midway through the book the tale shifts to a typical Lehane tale of grifters and greed.

The one constant through it all is the quality of Lehan's writing. One of the true masters of his craft, he shines here once again.

This one does take a little patience, but if the reader sticks with it, they will be well rewarded. ( )
  norinrad10 | Jun 8, 2020 |
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After Rachel Childs, a former journalist, suffers an on-air mental breakdown, she 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.

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