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Fall From Grace (The Blaine Trilogy #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  2,194 Ratings  ·  333 Reviews
The mysterious, violent death of a prominent New England patriarch exposes a nest of dark family secrets in bestselling author Richard North Patterson’s twentieth compelling novel.

Adam Blaine arrives on the island of Martha’s Vineyard to attend the funeral of his estranged father, Ben Blaine, a famous and charismatic writer who has served as patriarch of his clan for

Hardcover, 278 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by Scribner (first published March 2012)
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Mahoghani 23
You ever see a family, their interactions with each other and wish that you belonged to that family? Looks can be deceiving. Take the Blaines; Ben (the father), Clarice (mother), Jack (the uncle), Teddy (brother) & Adam (younger brother). This family has secrets on top of secrets and they're all about to be exposed because Ben Blaine was a maniacal, self-centered, egotistical and manipulative man. He's brought destruction to every member of his family and enjoyed doing so. Now he's died and ...more
Apr 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Patterson moves away from his traditional legal and political thrillers to bring readers the first in a trilogy of stories about a wealthy New England family. Ben Blaine is dead and the family has gathered for his final farewell. His younger son, Adam, returns after a decade's hiatus, only to discover that this is more than a funeral. A new and controversial will leaves everything to Ben's apparent mistress and Adam's one-time flame. Questions surround Ben's death, a fall from a cliff; could it ...more
May 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
I'm a fan of Richard North Patterson, and he can do so much better. Yes, I was drawn into the story and stuck with it until the (not-so-surprising) end, but now that I've finished it, I have the sense that he just mailed it in...and I feel like I need a shower.

This is the story of an estranged son, drawn back to his broken family due to the circumstances surrounding the death of his wealthy father. Was it a result of natural causes? Or was it an accident? Suicide? Murder? Have you read this one
Feb 05, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: seriously?
Shelves: tried-to-read, audio
Yes I'm rating and reviewing without having read. At least without fully completing it. I think i'm justified having read 70% of this to say: No More.

This was my first exposure to R.N. Patterson and I have a hard time believing that had this been his first novel it wouldn't also be his LAST. I'm not done with this author but i am absolutely done with this book.

The setup was a very traditional whodunit mystery; Agatha Christie would be so proud! Death, could it be suicide? Money, old and new. Cel
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Always love a book about a famous author with secrets hidden. Benjamin Blaine is a famous author who mysteriously falls off of cliff to his death. Accident? Suicide? or ... Murder??

His son, Adam Blaine, comes back after throwing away his family ten years earlier, for the funeral of the man that pushed him away. Ben's will comes to light, and reveals a game set in motion by the author himself. Adam has to discover what really happened to his father, before his family loses everything they have.

Apr 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Richard North Patterson is one of my favorite authors. I loved "Eyes of a Child" and "Final Witness." I felt he had a way of writing courtroom thrillers that kep t me on the edge of my toes. Then he decided to write some political and international based thriller books to talk about his views. It went downhill fast. I almost made a decision not to read him anymore because it was so boring. Mr. Patterson wrote a courtroom book about two years ago, "In the Name of Honor" then I decide that I could ...more
Adam Blaine returns home after being estrainged from his father for years. Now he's there for his father's funeral.

Soon after the funeral, Adam learns that his famous novelist father changed his will and excluded his wife and Adam's brother, Teddy, who is gay. Instead, the estate goes to an actress thirty years younger that he (Benjamin). Another chunk of money goes to Jenny Leigh, a struggling writer and former friend of Adam.

Adam had been away in Afghanistan working for the CIA. He's now in th
Danita L
May 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody
Unlike most of Richard North Patterson's novels, this book is shallow and trite. There is no depth to the characters or the plot. The 'secrets' are obtuse, there is no smooth transition from one paragraph to the next and no details except the one graphic sex scene.

The entire book reeks of the author needing to quickly publish another best-seller.

It is more than frustrating to read, it is annoying. Anyone with half a brain can deduce early in the pages not only the murderer but also the reasons
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Great plot: father dies [murder/accident/suicide?] and estranged son returns home after 10 yr. absence. Father's will names actress girlfriend to inherit almost everything leaving out his wife and oldest son. Returning son is named executor and proceeds to discover the reason of the will, cause of death, and unearth all the family secrets. On top of this it takes place on Martha's Vineyard, one of my favorite places.

So why did it fail for me??? It started out 'great guns' and I thought this is g
Kate Sherwood
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Audio version, and the narration wasn't strong - I tried not to let this influence my feelings about the book itself, but maybe it did.

Mostly, I found the characters in this book flat. The MC is apparently some super-cold spy, but then he spends most of the book whining about his mommy and daddy issues. Women were only valuable for their sex appeal or reproductive ability, gay characters (one and maybe another) are treated as weak or driven to cruelty by their sexuality, and overall, the MC trea
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-rc-goal
A Goodreads giveaway win! Adam Blaine returns after 10 years receiving word of his estranged father's death. As executor of the estate, he is torn between executing said will leaving his mother and brother disinherited. Realizing that his death may be the result of murder, he begins to unravel the secrets of everyone involved while reliving the past he had chose to leave behind. The ending unwraps leaving the reader satisfied but wanting a bit more - more so what the future holds for the Blaine ...more
Katharine Ott
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: woohow-read
Richard North Patterson (Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishop!) is a seasoned professional who brings psychological intrigue into many of his books. My previous experiences were his political stories, so I enjoyed the different approach of a murder mystery in his latest, "Fall from Grace." Patterson introduces us to the moneyed life on Martha's Vineyard as Adam Blaine arrives after learning that his father Ben has died. Did he jump, was he pushed, or was it an accident? What caused him to cr ...more
Jenni Ogden
Sep 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Richard North Patterson is possibly my favourite thriller writer and I read all his books as soon as they come out. This is quite different from his previous books; not a political thriller, but more of a quiet (relative to his usual stories), relationship novel. It does have a possibly murder in it but it is more about a character than plot. I didn't like it as much as many of his other books, which is probably in part because I read him for a certain type of story. If I try to ignore this and ...more
Every so often i need to rip through a nicely paced mystery and RNP is usually pretty reliable. Though i kept the pages turning I found this one disappointing. Its a paint by numbers 'prodigal son returns to solve mysterious death and uncover old family secrets', in which the big reveals come as no great surprise. Similarly the characters are pretty one dimensional, which is funny as there are repeated references to people as archetypes. Also funny that nearly every character has a secret, but e ...more
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Heavy and burdensome at times. The Fall from Grace is founded on lies, lies and more lies. I thought early on that I had it figured out - never dreaming the real reasons would be darker. Reminiscent of his book "The Spire" perhaps because of the sexual tones. Good book in keeping you guessing, but definitely not a favorite of his and wouldn't recommend it as a first time read of this author. Very little action - all dialogue. I didn't like any of the characters and overall left me with an "ick" ...more
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love Richard North Patterson! Usually his books are very wordy and can drag on, but they are worth reading. This one wasn't wordy at all and it didn't drag on. It tells the tale of a family and the father that everyone hated. His ultimate death makes them all come to grips with the hold he had on the family. And they must confront the love and hate they had for him. Very quick and good read!
Diane S ☔
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 I first started reading this author many years ago when he wrote mystery suspense. I remember being blown away by Eyes of a Child. He than started writing political novels often with a moral dilemma and I absolutely loved his Protect and Defend. In Fall from Grace he writes about the psychological peeling of a narcissist, the sons who hate him, a murder or suicide and the secrets of a sorely dysfunctional family. Found this novel to be absolutely fascinating.
Stacy Bearse
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
An outstanding novel woven from the threads of family dysfunction and legal gymnastics, and mixed with a dash of espionage. I had forgotten how meticulously Patterson crafts plots and characters. He's back on my "must read" list.
Caryn Zdan
May 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not my cup of tea. Took forever for me to listen to it and I kept falling asleep.
Jun 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Intriguing procedural fronted by a almost attorney w a secret life. All about the mystery. Can't wait to read the rest in the series.
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
my favorite kind of read - fast paced, exciting, mystery, murder(?), intrigue, family secrets.
Lorin Cary
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A nuanced psychological novel featuring Adam Blaine. He returns home to Martha's Vineyard from Afghanistan (his role there unclear) for his father's funeral. It's been 10 years and in chapters moving back and forth in time, Patterson presents a layered story of complex family relationships. Dad Ben was a famous novelist, a driven man, a womanizer, who had difficult dealings with Adam and his brother. Nasty man. His will threatens to rob Adam's mother of everything, and the circumstances of his d ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All books by Richard North Patterson are wonderful and I love to read them.
Lauren Maskery
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Given to me by a good friend :) A fun mystery- great read at the beach!
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-authors
Good intriguing plot.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Was a pretty good story. Would read the next in the series. Matched the description pretty well. Ben Blaine is not likeable.

Nmkt library.
Janet E. Rash
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Well written page Turner focused on the life of a popular author and his dysfunctional relationships with the rest of his family. A murder adds to the aura of disillusionment.
Liz Barnsley
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Adam Blaine returns to his childhood home to bury the father he despised. Here, reunited with his equally relieved and long-suffering family, he becomes aware of the suspicious circumstances surrounding his father’s death. A death that, Adam will soon discover, is born of a long-hidden truth, and a chequered family history that may not be as black and white as he thought.

I am a huge fan of Richard North Patterson – for me, at least so far, his definitive works are Degree of Guilt and the linked
Bill Garrison
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Richard North Patterson has always been one of my favorites, and I even enjoyed his political novels even when I didn't agree with the politics. FALL FROM GRACE unfortunately fails on so many levels. But, since Patterson is such a talented author, the book ends up being interesting.

The plot is typical of his earlier novels. Take a bunch of people who are messed up. Create a current crises, and have the answer to that crisis be a tragic event in the past. In this novel, Ben Blaine has died. The r
Ray Palen
May 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Author Richard North Patterson began his career penning legal thrillers and living in the shadow of John Grisham. These novels were incredibly readable and solid stories but did not set him apart from the rest of the writers in this crowded genre.

Over the past decade or so, Patterson has reinvented himself by churning out novel after novel each with its’ own unique story and entirely indefinable as far as genre specifications. His latest novel, FALL FROM GRACE, continues this pattern. With this
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Richard North Patterson is the author of fourteen previous bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, Patterson served as the SEC’s liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups dealing with gun violence, political reform, and women’s rights. He lives in San Francisco and on Martha’s Vineyard.
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Other Books in the Series

The Blaine Trilogy (3 books)
  • Loss of Innocence (Blaine Trilogy, #2)
  • Eden in Winter (Blaine Trilogy, #3)
“There’ll be people better and smarter than you, Adam. There always are. Your strength must be to want it more, and let nothing get in the way. They called Robert Kennedy ruthless. But for a few months before he died, when I joined his campaign, I knew Bobby very well, and I can tell you he was most ruthless with himself. That’s how you should be.” 0 likes
“who says they're all criminals? -he parried- some might actually be innocent. others may need someone to explain them. there are reasons why we become the way we are, which often aren't apparent on the surface of our lives” 0 likes
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