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Falling

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,096 ratings  ·  146 reviews
Love hurts.

While FBI agent Kelly Feinman is recovering from an attack by a serial killer called the "Acid Man," her husband leaves her. Physically and emotionally scarred by the murderer, Kelly feels she will never be the same. She is cut off not only from her husband and child, but also from her fellow FBI agents, who see her as a rogue for going after the Acid Man alone.
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by Tor Books (first published 2007)
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Karah
WOW! WOW! WOW! When I was browsing through the shelves at Barnes & Noble and saw that Christopher Pike had written an adult novel, I was thrilled! I remember reading his books as a kid, and absolutely loving them. The very first chapter catches your attention and pulls you in so quickly that before you know it, you're quite literally trapped in this story. There are more twists and turns in this story that you can count, so it really keeps you guessing. And just when you think you've got it ...more
Tracy Lord
This book is amazing! By far my favorite book ever! On the cover it says, "literary crack cocaine" & boy is that right! It was fantastic! I found the character very relatable and just awesome because they were VERY unique, but still real and believable. The plot was so complex and engaging-which kept me captivated with every page. The ending was also satisfying in that i thought that every character got what he/she deserved(especially Amy). I also admired the emotions displayed by the charac ...more
Paul Hamilton
Falling is a curious book. Mr. Pike chooses to narrate an awful lot of events through a sub-400 page novel, including plenty of set-up and backstory that other authors may have chosen to reveal later in the book through flashbacks or dialogue.

The story revolves around two central characters: Matt Connor, a bright, passionate young man who has become unhinged by his unhealthy obsession with a poisonous girl named Amy, and Kelly Feinman, a brash FBI agent struggling to balance her exciting work wi
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Melissa
This being my long over due reintroduction to Christopher Pike, I was at first a bit disappointed. It had been so long since I'd read any of his work that I was bored by the story. But then I remembered that Pike is the kind of storyteller that *eases* you into a plot. Sure, he'll thrust you into the action - but that's wholly separate. Once I was introduced to the web of the plot it was intriguing and gripping. The gradual reveal of the twists and turns were sometimes sudden and other times not ...more
Monique
Wow it is really hard for me to rate a murder/thriller novel as a five star because it is so tricky to thoroughly entertain and scare me at the same time I admit however this book did both wonderfully, I was literally addicted to this book and read every spare moment I could with a mixture of awe, disgust, respect and serious intrigue..the book cover calls it "literary crack" and that is exactly what it was from the first page..The book has such realistic and brilliant characters it is admirable ...more
Ashley
EXCELLENT book! I love these sort of horror thrillers. This book grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go until the very end. I am upset that there are no more pages to read.

Pike has done some great character development. I love that Kelly is the type of person who uses her FBI status as a way of finding adventures. I love how she sympathizes with the "bad guys" and uses them to gain knowledge about herself and life in general.

I think one of Pike's goals in writing this book was to have
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Tanya
You're probably thinking "Christopher Pike? Isn't that the guy who was second only to RL Stine in cheesy tween horror books of the nineties?" Why, yes, he was. However, Christopher Pike has been writing the occasional book for adults for quite some time. This book is a thriller but not in the Stephen King sense. There are two central characters. Matt is a man who fakes his own death as part an elaborate plan to get back at his ex-girlfriend. The other character is an FBI agent who (and this will ...more
Valerie Prosser
Not knowing anything about this before listening to it, I must say this is definitely an entertaining audio! Not only was the plot suspenseful, the twists & turns had me questioning myself more than once on how things would turn out. It has literary references, which I enjoy, as well.

Sort of Spoiler Alert (Not of the story):

I'm glad I didn't know about the history of the author and the narrator. I probably would have been biased had I known Christopher Pike is a well known young adult autho
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Maile
I very much enjoyed this book. A well written thriller mystery by one of my favorite authors.

That said, this was not my favorite Pike offering. I grew up with Christopher Pike, devouring young adult novels with themes so mature I wouldn't truly comprehend what I had read until years later. His best works feature a compelling blend of mystery, the supernatural and spirituality. Unfortunately for me, while this work was heavy on mystery, the other two didn't play a large role in the piece. What ma
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Amanda Croley
I bought this book for three reasons: 1. Christopher Pike is the author 2. It was 3$ and 3. I had a long flight ahead of me. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I have read some of Pikes fantasy/paranormal books and thought this book might fall in the same genre. It doesnt, but that does not take away from the overall plot/story. It is about a guy whose girlfriend betrays him, and a FBI agent whose own life is falling apart as a result of her attachment to her job and cases. I d ...more
Erica
Blast from the past, I couldn't believe when I saw this on the shelf. Of course I bought it and consumed it within hours. I liked it - brought back memories of his books I read when I was younger. I swear there was similar things from his other books if I remember correctly (ie scuba diving) I may have to sneak into the young adult section and re-read his books. His style hasn't changed - which is great. Good, fast entertaining read. The master of twists and turns - as Kelly's fascination with t ...more
Falon
I REALLY enjoyed this book. It goes back and forth between a man's point of view and a women's. This makes it easier for reader to connect. At the beginning of the story, when I started to first read it, I was confused about why the author had been going from a different point of view every chapter. Then as I started to get more into the story, I love how the author merges both of two main character's stories together and get them to actually meet. I would recommend this book to both males and f ...more
Rj Gilmore
May 01, 2014 Rj Gilmore rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who is a fan of Christopher Pike
Recommended to Rj by: No one...
I just finished this book last night.

Honestly, sometimes Christopher Pike's characters feel all too real for me, that as a writer myself, I get so jealous in the fact that he makes this come across as easy. I know that it isn't.

This book is a great read.

I was in love with the character Matt, wishing I was as brave as Kelly, hating Amy because she was the most real character I could think of, and intrigued by the Acid Man.

Now, my only regret is I felt like I was left not knowing enough about the
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Paula
I have to say. This one is amazing. I loved it. When I first opened the book and started reading, I thought it was going to be just ok. When I was through, I couldn't believe how much I loved it! I've never been much of a "thriller" reader but now I'm hooked!
Vanessa
Mr. Pike should continue penning books in adult fiction; Falling, in particular showcases his talent of creating worlds which are addictively creepy, climatic, with impressive psychological twists. Once could easily draw comparisons with this book to "Gone Girl", as they both have demented dark themes, and characters are both jilted lovers looking for revenge, but that's where the similarities end. Falling has a likeable protagonist in Kelly Feinman, a brilliant ex professor turned FBI agent/pro ...more
Margaret Ushman
up until very recently I pretty much read only paranormal books or fantasy. Christopher Pike was always a favorite author of mine, so when I saw this book on the library shelves I was intrigued. after I read the summary on the cover I was not impressed even though it sounded interesting. I still took it out and started to read it, I was not disappointed.
Pike fills the book with unexpected twists and turns and finishes with a shocking ending. Matt and Kelley's stories are shocking and exhilaratin
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Belinda
This book is very good. Pike outdid himself with a very complex adult novel.

It is unusual for me, to like a Pike that is devoid of the supernatural but I liked it. The story is about cheating and lies. It is about love triangles with the nice guy and bad boy. It is about paying for one's sin of cheating and adultery. It is about choices and most of all it is about pain.

What i like about this story is the number of stories-both real and fictional. There are about five stories of cheating and the
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Jennifer
I Love how C.Pike gives the history to the 2 main characters in the beginning. I wasnt really sucked into it at first because mysteries are not my type of book. But as i began to read... I literally got sucked in. Its really Crack Cocaine as described on the front cover.

I suspected matt would constantly go back to the wacko amy over and over.. He was obsessed and you really can not blame him becuase of what she put him through. Honestly i would of left her after the second time she betrayed him
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Jason
So I re-read Falling, and I can’t help but feel that Gillian Flynn might have picked up some pointers from it when she wrote Gone Girl. Spoilers for both to follow:
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PurplyCookie
Having grown up with Christopher Pike books and having read them all, I was once again amazed by his writing. This book can not be put down, it can not be read chapter by chapter. I devoured the book as quickly as I could.

Pike's gripping thriller pays homage to Thomas Harris's Hannibal Lecter novels, particularly in the character of FBI agent Kelly Feinman, who fills the Clarice Starling role. An unlikely law-enforcement agent, Kelly was an academic drafted by the bureau as a consultant based o
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Marie
Apr 27, 2013 Marie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christopher Pike fanatics, mystery and romance lovers, thriller s
Christopher Pike never disappoints me. I read this book once I found out that it was available on Nook. Once I downloaded it, I was attached to my nook for the next 3 days. It literally had me stuck on my nook day and night. It was a book that I couldn't put down because I was HOOKED. It starts with the story of Matt Conner, whom Pike created a relatable, charming character. Instantly, the reader becomes attached to his story. Honestly, I felt his character to be real and genuine. You can't help ...more
Claudia
Sep 17, 2009 Claudia rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Claudia by: I can't remember
Shelves: suspense-fiction
This book drove me absolutely crazy. I hated the characters, and couldn't believe anyone's motivation. I found horrible mistakes that lead me to believe the writing and editing were lazy...a thesis for a PhD? NO!! A 'good' thesis will earn a PhD faster? NO!! A working mother would go home and fix a roast turkey for dinner as a treat after work??? NO!! Blood from a vein throbs with the heartbeat? NO!! Even I know that!

And yet, some interesting writing...I found lots of quotes I liked. So, I know
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Linda
Kelly Feinman is an academic, married with a young daughter, but her life is on the dull side. So when the FBI recruits her to consult in serial murder cases, she decides to go whole hog and become an agent, much to the chagrin of her husband. Heroes are big in her specialty, mythology, and now Kelly grabs the opportunity to become one herself.

Matt Connor thought he had it all, until his girlfriend, Amy, dumps him. Now he can't get over her, to the point where he is genuinely obsessed with gett
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Laura
Christopher Pike was my FAVORITE author back in they day (as you can see from my younger years bookshelf), so when I saw this at the store, I was all "THE Christopher Pike? MY Christopher Pike!??!?" And sure enough, it is! I cannot wait to start reading this!

This book is told from the perspectives of two main characters, Matt and Kelly. This took me a little bit to get interested. The beginning of Matt's story didn't hugely grab me. Once I got past that and got into Kelly's story, that held my a
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Liz
Besides being completely unrealistic (and more than a little derivitive of Silence of the Lambs) it is an enjoyable search into what makes a hero a hero and a villian a villian--and how the difference is a finer line thn you think.

I read this in basically one sitting on the plane ride home from Greece. I LOVED LOVED LOVED Christopher Pike books in my youth and this was an "adult" book by him---the only difference was a lot more cursing, more graphic sex and the age of the characters being older
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Jenny Maloney
Not the strongest book ever, but certainly not the weakest. I liked the problems that the main characters, Matt and Kelly, had to deal with in order to not-be-caught (Matt) and to-catch (Kelly). Though in real life, a lot of money would have to be thrown around. You must definitely suspend disbelief in order for this to work.

There's parallel storylines within the storylines: Matt is seeking revenge on his cheating ex-girlfriend by stealing her son. Kelly is the FBI agent sent to hunt him down--
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Amanda
I listened to this book in audiobook format. The guy who read also did the voice of Bob the Builder. It was odd to hear him talking about sex and murder, but also kind of funny, haha.

This is definitely a rated R book. Blood, gore, sex, murder, etc. The chapters alternate perspectives between the two main characters: Matt Connor and Kelly Feinman. Matt, a depressed and somewhat disturbed man, fakes his own death so as to have an alibi for kidnapping his cheating ex-girlfriend's baby. Kelly, an FB
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Hepzabah
I'm very familiar with Pike's work, and thus refused to buy Falling until I had a full free weekend. And it is a good thing I did - I couldn't put it down (even at 4am with my eyes burning) I had to read 'just a little more'. I had to force myself to pause once in a while to think over what I had read, and to see if I could figure out where the story was going. Hah, is if. I couldn't even figure out which characters were the good guys and the bad guys. Heck, I'm still not sure, even after having ...more
Corey
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Alexis
4 1/2 stars. I used to read Christopher Pike as a teen and never knew he wrote for adults too. Wow, I see why I devoured his YA novels. This guy can write a twisty, turny, suspenseful plot! Easily one of the best mysteries I read this year. (Not rating it 5 stars because it is hard for me to compare the quality of writing to what I consider a 5 star novel, but easily 5 stars for suspense!)
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Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of Kevin McFadden. He is a bestselling author of young adult and children's fiction who specializes in the thriller genre.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.

McFadden was born in New York but grew up in California where he stills lives in today. A college drop-out, he did factory work, painted houses and programm
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