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Since We Fell: A Novel by Dennis Lehane
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Since We Fell: A Novel (edition 2017)

by Dennis Lehane (Author)

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Title:Since We Fell: A Novel
Authors:Dennis Lehane (Author)
Info:Ecco (2017), Edition: 1st Edition, 432 pages
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Not your typical Lehane mystery (is that why it's marketed as "a novel"?), but a very good read, nonetheless. There are some atypically exceptional characters here, and some clever plot twists. (Brian) ( )
  ShawIslandLibrary | Dec 27, 2018 |
I liked it, but I felt like it was a lot of lead up for very little pay out. ( )
  distantiation | Dec 3, 2018 |
This is a review of a free book I received via the Amazon Vine Programme.

I am reviewing the book Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane. This is essentially a love story, shrouded in suspense and family drama. When Rachel meets Brian, they're made for each other, but can their love sustain the choices they make? Here are my thoughts:

^^ I am a fan of Dennis Leahane's work, so was eager to read his latest book. But, I have to admit at first I
thought this was a bit slow going at the beginning. Part One covered the searching for her father, and hearing how her relationship with her toxic mother had affected her, and was still affecting her after her death.

^^ Then it sped up and by the last third I was reading unbelievably super-fast and only then realising how it all came together, and why I needed so much background detail earlier. What I thought was slow going was actually providing a deep insight to why she'd have trust issues and provide motivation for her actions years later. I understood how Rachel's mother abandoning her contributed to her own lack of self-worth, and why she carried around with her so much guilt about a girl in Hati. After my original slow start I honestly didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did.

^^ Once again Lehane has proved to me (not that he really needs to!) just how much of a superb writer he is. He has such a distinctive way of writing which makes me feel
like I'm seeing this played out on a screen, watching a movie in my mind.

^^ It's not one of those books that you're trying to work out who did it. You know straight away from the first line: "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."

^^ What this story does it raise the question, "Why?"

^^ I also love Rachel and Brian's relationship. They mess each other about something chronic. They love each other, they hate each other. It seems like their relationship shouldn't work, yet it does. In fact, Brian is good for her! Honesty, if this sounds complicated it's only because their love story is complicated. They are two messed up characters, and pretty realistic with it.

^^ The ending has some great plot twists, and was quite emotional. It's one of those books that kept me thinkin
g long after I'd read "The End".

Overall: Characterisation is a big part of what I love about Dennis Lehane's writing, his characters are never boring or straightforward, even the good guys have issues. You get to see into the lives of the main two characters and see how they touched the lives of others. Everyone is looking for something in their life, or wanting to be something they're not. What this book asks is "Why?"
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  SassyBrit | Nov 27, 2018 |
Dennis Lehane comes up with some very intriguing plots (see "Shutter Island"). This particular book was suspenseful, chilling, nerve-racking, and in the end maybe somewhat unbelievable - but still, it was definitely an enjoyable read and one I would recommend. ( )
  flourgirl49 | Sep 21, 2018 |
Rachel Childs wächst mit ihrer Mutter auf, die mit Ratgebern ein Vermögen gemacht hat. Ein Vater fehlt ihr nicht wirklich, dennoch würde sie gerne wissen, wer sie Erzeugt hat. Die Mutter verspricht das Geheimnis zu lüften, schiebt dies jedoch immer weiter hinaus, bis sie schließlich bei einem Unfall. Rachel engagiert den Privatdetektiv Brian Delacroix, der auch den einen oder anderen potenziellen Kandidaten auftut, die sich jedoch alle als falsche Spur herausstellen. Nachdem ihre Karriere als Journalistin ein jähes Ende nimmt und ihre Ehe mit Sebastian geschieden wird, trifft sie nach Jahren wieder auf Brian und die beiden verlieben sich. Er scheint der Mann ihres Lebens zu sein und steht Rachel in ihren schwersten Stunden, in denen sie von Panikattacken überfallen wird, bei. Doch irgendetwas kommt ihr komisch vor, ein unbestimmtes Gefühl nagt an ihr und bald schon mehren sich die Zeichen, die darauf hindeuten, dass Brian nicht der Mann ist, den sie glaubt geheiratet zu haben.

Dennis Lehane, international ausgezeichneter Autor, der seit rund 25 Jahren eine feste Größe im Krimigenre ist. zahlreiche seiner Romane wurden verfilmt und er selbst hat auch mehrere Drehbücher für die Serie „The Wire“ geschrieben. „Der Abgrund in dir“ unterstreicht einmal mehr seinen Platz unter den ganz Großen, denn wenn dem Roman eine Sache gelingt, dann ist es immer wieder zu überraschen und Fahrt in eine völlig neue Richtung aufzunehmen.

Langsam und gemächlich beginnt die Geschichte um Rachel und ihre Suche nach dem Vater. Dies scheint das zentrale Element des Romans zu sein und mit jedem vermeintlichen Kandidaten, der sich wieder als der nicht Richtige herausstellt, steigt die Spannung auf den echten. Doch dann steht plötzlich Rachels Karriere als Journalistin und erfolgreiche Reporterin im Zentrum der Handlung. Was wird sie in dem völlig zerstörten Haiti aufdecken, in welche Gefahr begibt sie sich? Nun ja, hier endet auch schon dieses Kapitel und ihr Privatleben rückt in den Fokus. Vor allem ihre Ängste, die sie ans Haus fesseln, bestimmen wesentlich den weiteren Fortgang. Glücklicherweise findet sie in ihrem zweiten Ehemann Brian einen zugewandten und verständnisvollen Partner. Als man denkt, dass alle Kämpfe entschieden sind und Rachels Leben sich auf die Befreiung der Dämonen, die sie in Ketten legen, konzentrieren wird, packt Lehane erst richtig aus und der Roman verwandelt sich zu einem regelrechten Psychothriller, mit einem Tempo, das einem den Atem stocken lässt.

Erst wenn man den Roman ausgelesen hat, wird deutlich, wie clever dieser konstruiert ist und wie die einzelnen Teile ineinandergreifen, die zuvor mehr lose und episodenhaft nebeneinanderstanden. Vor allem Rachels Charakter und psychisches Befinden wird maßgeblich durch die Ereignisse beeinflusst und hier zeigt sie Lehanes professioneller Hintergrund als Therapeut. Man merkt auch, dass er beim Schreiben schon den Film vor Augen sieht, stark sind die Bilder, die er hervorruft und es fällt einem nicht schwer, die Handlung zu visualisieren. Eine entschlossene Frauenfigur, die auch schwach sein kann, sich immer wieder aufrafft, selbst am Schopf packt und weitergeht – nur wohin, ist noch die Frage. ( )
  miss.mesmerized | Aug 28, 2018 |
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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.… (more)

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