Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
A Novel

65%

16 Critic Reviews

Other than the predictable complications caused by her agoraphobia, her responses to the terrible things suddenly destroying her life seem almost completely reactionary, drawing little on the subtleties of character Lehane spent so much time developing in the first half of the novel...Nonetheless, Since We Fell is a ride you won’t want to miss.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

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.

 

About Dennis Lehane

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Dennis Lehane is the author of nine novels—including the New York Times bestsellers Moonlight Mile; Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day—as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. He and his wife, Angie, divide their time between Boston and the Gulf Coast of Florida.
 
Published May 9, 2017 by Ecco. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Since We Fell
All: 16 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 9

Kirkus

Excellent
on Feb 06 2017

What seems at the start to be an edgy psychological mystery seamlessly transforms into a crafty, ingenious tale of murder and deception—and a deeply resonant account of one woman’s effort to heal deep wounds that don’t easily show.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Michael J. McCann on May 15 2017

Other than the predictable complications caused by her agoraphobia, her responses to the terrible things suddenly destroying her life seem almost completely reactionary, drawing little on the subtleties of character Lehane spent so much time developing in the first half of the novel...Nonetheless, Since We Fell is a ride you won’t want to miss.

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Star Tribune

Below average
Reviewed by Curt Schleier on May 15 2017

...the story starts to unravel. To explain how and why it disappoints would reveal too much of the plot. Everything turns on Brian accurately anticipating what everyone will do, as unlikely as some actions may be. "Since We Fell" is a worthy effort, but ultimately it is not up to Lehane's standards.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill on May 08 2017

In each novel, Lehane has stretched himself and taken chances with his stories. "Since We Fell" meets his high standards, showing the power of introspection and love — and, yes, it is a crime story.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Bill Ott on Mar 15 2017

Don’t be surprised if Since We Fell makes readers forget about that other psychological thriller featuring an unstable heroine named Rachel.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Noah Hawley on Jun 02 2017

...there is something reductive about the last third of the book...They may feel it takes too long to get to the action, but I loved watching the author walk the tightrope of deeper questions, was thrilled to see him push the boundaries of human understanding for its own merits...

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on May 08 2017

Rachel works extremely well as the focus of the book. Lehane has always written wrenching female characters into his stories, and he has no trouble giving center stage to one.

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Oregon Live

Below average
Reviewed by DOUGLAS PERRY on May 08 2017

...ultimately you just might forgive Lehane for his wild end to "Since We Fell." Everyone, after all, should be allowed to have an off f---king day now and again.

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Tampa Bay Times

Good
Reviewed by Colette Bancroft on May 03 2017

Since We Fell feels very different from the trilogy, and not just because of its contemporary setting. Its style is more pared down, its focus tighter. Reading it, one can see the influence of what Lehane has learned working in movies and television...

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The Columbus Dispatch

Below average
Reviewed by Margaret Quamme on May 21 2017

Lehane plays right on the edge of the “woman in jeopardy” trope, occasionally back-loading Rachel with so many problems that it’s surprising she isn’t totally emotionally paralyzed.

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Deseret News

Below average
Reviewed by Amanda Olson on May 22 2017

At this point in his career, is Lehane writing a book or is he writing a screenplay? Based on the shortcuts he takes with this novel, Lehane makes his multitasking obvious.

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London Evening Standard

Below average
Reviewed by David Sexton on May 11 2017

...ultimately becoming, however pacey, implausible: reducing itself back to genre. Thus Lehane, a crime writer fully the equal of more ostensibly literary authors, reveals in a single novel the fault-lines between entertainment and seriousness, distraction and attention. Still, a very good book.

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Shots

Good
Reviewed by Ali Karim on May 30 2017

Since We Fell is an exceptional piece of work; crafted for readers who like insight within their literary entertainment, suffused with a love for humanity and a fear of our dark side.

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Philly.com

Above average
Reviewed by Neely Tucker on May 21 2017

Lehane, is, as ever, a graceful writer, observant of the world that shapes his characters' lives. Nothing dubious about the merits here. Lehane is in command of what he's doing - unspooling plot twists and developing his character as Rachel descends into her own heart of darkness.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Matthew Jackson on May 01 2017

With Since We Fell, Lehane further cements his reputation as one of our finest crime writers, forging an unforgettable character and then driving her deep into page-turning thriller territory with the deft hand of an old master.

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Below average
Reviewed by MAX BOOTH III on May 09 2017

The pacing in Since We Fell is bizarre, to say the least. I don’t think Lehane quite knew what he wanted to do with this book, and it shows.

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