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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 de ...more
Hardcover, 419 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Ecco
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Philip Agree with your comments on the ending - but also found the whole first half of the book to be unnecessary backstory. Was her lousy mother and search…moreAgree with your comments on the ending - but also found the whole first half of the book to be unnecessary backstory. Was her lousy mother and search for her father - much less that whole digression into Haiti - really important to the plot? So...an unnecessary first half and a disappointing ending - doesn't leave a whole lot left to love!(less)
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Whitney I had to re-read that so many times because I was like HUH? I agree- I think she just imagines it. And in a way, writing it like that, without any…moreI had to re-read that so many times because I was like HUH? I agree- I think she just imagines it. And in a way, writing it like that, without any preface made it like we imagined it too! (less)

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Emily May
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am really disappointed with how Since We Fell turned out. It started okay. I've seen some other reviewers mention the slowness of the first half but, to be honest, I didn't mind so much because I assumed it was leading up to something bigger; something important. Unfortunately, though, it kind of wasn't.

The first part turns out to be an overlong and elaborate backstory about Rachel's childhood, adolescence, her mother's death and the subsequent search for her absent father, her career in inves
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Larry H
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd rate this 4.5 stars.

Dennis Lehane is truly one of my most favorite contemporary authors. He electrified me the minute I read the first Kenzie-Gennaro mystery (and all of the others that followed) and dazzled me with Mystic River , and while not every subsequent novel has been a home run, the indisputable fact is, I love the way he writes.

Needless to say, I pounced on Since We Fell , his newest novel, practically at midnight the day it came out. I've decided that how you feel about this boo
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Kemper
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is going to be one of those pain in the ass books to review because you can’t really talk about it without spoiling it, and the things that really need to be discussed all happen later in the plot. Yet there’s so much wrong that I really want to get into all of it. It’s quite a dilemma.

Here’s what I can safely tell you: Rachel Childs’ mother refused to tell her who her father is which leads to a troubled childhood and rebellious teenage years. After her mother’s death Rachel follows up on
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Susanne  Strong
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
4.5 Stars* (rounded up).

“Since We Fell” by Dennis Lehane is the story of Rachel Childs. Though her life seems ordinary at first, it is anything but. She is complicated and smart. At times she may seem frail, though she is stronger than even she realizes. Her life experience has caused her to hide from the world, until one day, when hiding is no longer an option.

Rachel was raised by a single mother, Elizabeth, who kept the “mother” of all secrets from her daughter: she refused to tell Rachel wh
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Just no for me. Not this one
Pouting Always
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Rachel Child's mother, Elizabeth, was a famous writer, known best for her book on relationships and spent the rest of her career trying to recapture the success from her first book. Even more ironically Elizabeth spent her whole life unable to be in any healthy relationship, spending all of Rachel's life emotionally manipulating her and with holding any information about her birth father. Eventually after her mothers death Rachel sets out to search for her birth father. She decides to hire a PI ...more
Elyse Walters
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first question when I finished the last page was...."has a movie already been made"?

What stands out more than anything to me is the creation of "Rachel Childs".
In the same way that Lisbeth Salander is synonymous with the Steig Larsson's Millennium Series ....Rachel Childs is with "Since We Fall".
NOT that these two women are alike - or behave the same -but she's one hell of a fascinating female protagonist.

When Paul asked me what I was reading.... I replied Dennis Lehane's new book -"Rachel
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Diane S ☔
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Rachel has the world in her grasp, a successful journalism career, marriage to an equally successful man, and then in a very public way it and she falls apart. Until she reconnects with Brian......

The first part of this book is slowly paced as we get to know Rachel, her search for the birth father she never knew, her career, marriage and her breakdown and it's after effects. I enjoyed this first part, it was well wriiten and I had a great deal of sympathy for Rachel. Then this story does almost
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*TANYA*
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
The story was not very remarkable, but it kept my interest. I didn't love it but I didn't hate it either. The authors writing style was fantastic.
Perry
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
My life has been such misery and pain / I guess I'll never be the same / Since I fell for you

I chose to read this because I've enjoyed most of Lehane's gritty, intelligent Kenzie/Gennaro series set in Boston (e.g., Gone, Baby, Gone). This is his first non-period novel in a while.

This is a suspense/psychological thriller that works for the most part. I was puzzled by some disconnects though (one thread dropped off without explanation). Also, while I thought the female protagonist was very well-d
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Rebbie
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I can see why people are divided on their opinion of this book, especially with the writing format being split into two (or is this just my imagination?). The first half was good, but more of a stream-of-consciousness style of writing that is not at all what fans have come to expect from Dennis Lehane.

Not a lot happens in the first half; mostly it's about Rachel Childs and her search for her father, her relationship with her mother, her love life, her career, her emotional issues, you know, the
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Amanda
May 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
It pains me to do this, but I am going to have to go with two stars. I fell in love with Dennis Lehane's writing ever since I first read A Drink Before the War, but this one just didn't do it for me. The first half of this book is bogged down with so much back story that you have no idea what the point of the book is. The second half of the book is a bad Katherine Heigl movie. Period.
Jessica Jeffers
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, edelweiss
I don’t read a lot of thrillers. I feel like it can be a hard genre to do really well. A lot of times, the stories are excessively complicated in an attempt to confuse the reader. Other times, so much emphasis is put on shocking the reader that the characters don’t feel like actual people. Or, it can go the opposite way and the thing that’s meant to shock us is telegraphed so clearly that it sucks all the tension out of the story.

So, yeah, I don’t read a lot of straight-up thrillers. But I do th
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Julie
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane is a 2017 Little, Brown Book Group publication.

Rachel has been through some pretty hard times in her life. She started suffering panic attacks early on, but while covering the Haitian earthquake, she has an on air meltdown, which leads to agoraphobia, the end of her career, and finally a divorce.

But when she miraculously encounters Brian, an old acquaintance, the couple begins a sweet relationship that eventually leads to marriage. Although Brian’s work requires
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Zoeytron
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am well versed in the art of disbelief suspension, and understand completely that fiction is, well, fiction.  But this one had me swinging from the rafters of absurdity.  So, no.  Do not expect the smooth plot flow of Mystic River.  The first 200 pages or so had a completely different feel from the remainder of the book, and it is the latter half about which I grumble.  This is the first novel of Lehane's that has missed the mark for me, and in no way will deter me from reading more from him i ...more
Michael
I have been a big fan of Lehane since his start with detective stories featuring Kenzie and Gennaro set in Boston. Thus, I eagerly take up each novel when I get my hands on it. He usually has an engaging story, lively pacing and dialog, and, above all, character development that elucidates human nature. He has an affinity for characters with flaws and a dynamic driving his stories between what they think they want and what they really need.

Here we are concerned with the growth trajectory of one
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Em Lost In Books
Rachel was an only child, raised by a single mother. Her mother, Elizabeth Childs, died in a car accident leaving everything to Rachel except her father's name. Rachel wanted to know who her father was as she thought somehow knowing about his identity would fill the hole in her heart. Even after a turbulent childhood, Rachel managed to make her life as a news presenter. She got married to man, she thought she was in love with. When she was about to make a big in her professional life, few panic ...more
Sam Quixote
Rachel hasn’t had the best life: her dad left when she was a baby and her manipulative, cruel mother took his identity with her to the grave. Her cold husband divorced her after she had a mental breakdown covering the Haiti earthquake, the trauma causing her to lose her job as a journalist as well as turning her into a shut-in. By chance she meets her future second husband and the love of her life, Brian, who slowly helps turn things around for her. Until she realises he’s been lying to her sinc ...more
Jennifer
★★★
Since We Fell encompasses two parts. They aren't labeled but you'll know immediately when the switch occurs. I had to investigate my library-rented audiobook to ensure there hadn't been a mistake. It's that kind of switch. Part one is well-written character, family, and culture/class development. It's slow but good. The second part breaks into a mysterious barrel-roll of a thriller. It's also good. It just doesn't flow well from part one to part two...not at all in my opinion. It's like they'
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Emer
Buddy read with Anuradha, Poonam, Rohisa and Asghar

Someone tell me why I stayed up until after 2am to finish this???

To write a proper review or not??? #AmbivalenceCentral
I guess I will never be a fan of the thriller/mystery genre. Or maybe it was this book which I found utterly ridiculous...

At least I discovered this cheesy song which I can't stop playing: Since I Fell for You - Lenny Welch

three stars....maybe??? Or maybe not.... I'm assured by others in my buddy read that it's not just me and
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Monnie
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To the best of my recollection, the only other book by this author I've ever read was Mystic River, released in 2009 - and it pretty much blew me away. Since then, I've bumped around the edges of others, but for whatever reason, they went by the boards. When this one hit the New York Times bestseller list, though, I vowed to give it a go.

And once again I'm blown away.

For the most part, it's not a whirlwind of spine-tingling action, although there's plenty of that as the story clears the mid-poi
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Katie
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Video review will be up soon :D
Poonam
Buddy Read with Nameeta, Rohisa, Anuradha and Emer

"Safety is an illusion we sell to children to help them sleep."

What a potential to make into an amazing story but sadly my expectations on this one were crushed into dust. It was sorely disappointing. The main reason was that I expected soo much more from this story having recently read Shutter Island by the same author!!

Well this has been classified as a Suspense Thriller but there is nothing thrilling about this book and the suspense bit of i
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Marialyce
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 surprising stars

I have to admit I went into this book with the idea that I would hate it, but since my library is closed for renovations, and since this was the last book left in a pile of books, I sallied forth. I also have to say I was sucked in big time from the very onset of the story. Was it perfect? Nope! Did it have a predictable nature about it? Yes. Did it keep me turning the pages? Absolutely yes.

Suffice to say it is a thriller with its cast of nefarious souls. However in this bunch
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Rincey
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
You know that metaphor about killing a frog by placing it in tepid water and then slowly increasing the temperature until it comes to a boil? That's what this book felt like. Dennis Lehane builds the tension and the twists so slowly and then all of a sudden it is past your bedtime and you can't believe the ride this book has taken you on
Benoit Lelièvre
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I've been a hardcore Dennis Lehane fan since the first Kenzie novels and I wanted to like this book a lot, but I cannot in good conscience bring myself to give it more than three stars. I got a kick out of it. It's undoubtedly well-written and there's a certain level of mastery to what Lehane does, but this book was so unlike him and not in a good way.

Dennis Lehane usually writes about people who are larger than life: a bona fide neighborhood vigilante (Pat Kenzie), a Boston street legend and hi
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Karen
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane has been one of my favorite author's since I met him and his wife at a book reading and signing at The Harvard Bookstore. I will always think "Mystic River," "Shutter Island," and "Any Given Day," were phenomenal and he has a great sense of humor and a deep insight into psychological aspects that make up human nature.

I went into my reading of "Since We Fell," totally blind. I didn't even read the synopsis on the book jacket and I am glad that I did. Fo
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Tammy
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm waiting for another Mystic River. Unfortunately, this isn't it. Since We Fell begins slowly as the main character is developed and picks up at the midpoint. The last third of the book requires the reader to suspend belief in really big ways. The dialogue even becomes stilted and just doesn't resonate. I'll keep waiting.
Renee (itsbooktalk.com)
This is a definite 4.5, just a little short of 5 stars! You can find all my reviews at www.itsbooktalk.com

I went into this novel having no preconceived notions and really no idea what it was about, but I've loved every single book of Dennis Lehane's I've read as well as the movies that have been made based on them. I didn't care what it was about I just wanted to read it! So here's where it gets interesting...I've been on bad terms lately with psychological thrillers...we're just not getting alo
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Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
How well do you know your spouse? What experiences prior to marriage have shaped you to live a secret life?

In this novel, you will follow Rachel Childs, the main character, from her childhood days through to adult life, her career and her marriages. The first half of this book was all about Rachel and her parents, as she is trying to solve some unanswered questions after her mother dies, while becoming a successful reporter, struggling with the reality of some of the stories she has to cover. Le
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Dennis Lehane (born Aug 4th, 1966) is an American author. He has written several novels, including the New York Times bestseller Mystic River, which was later made into an Academy Award winning film, also called Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon (Lehane can be briefly seen waving from a car in the parade scene at the end of the film). The ...more
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