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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,526 ratings  ·  187 reviews
Love hurts.
FBI agent Kelly Feinman knows this is true. While she 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 a
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Published January 28th 2008 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2007)
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Jun 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, mystery
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 figu ...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
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 characters ...more
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Claire- Louise
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not YA horror from Pike but an adult crime thriller and it was intricate and gripping, I raced through it.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019, thriller
Been a fan of Pike for some time, but sadly this book is a misfire, and easily the work of his that I dislike the most. For a thriller, some parts move at a frustratingly glacial pace, even supposedly high-octane ones. Some of the events, actions, coincidences, and il/logical leaps are so unbelievable as to strain the reader's credulity. The whole thing just felt so contrived. I can't believe that I'd actually encounter a Pike book that would bore me, but here we are.

Though the lead, Matt, was d
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
Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I have finally reached the point where I cannot continue to review Christopher pike books based on the memory of how his books made me feel when I was a teenager.
The truth is this book wasn't very good at all! It was a slightly( hardly at all) more mature version on master of murder.
I was confused by what the main character is supposed to be... It felt like pike was trying to create a superhero.
The storyline was weak, the connections in the story were tenuous and there was no attempt
Kira Cruz
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This made me think a lot. Lots of dot connecting went down in my head as I was reading this book. I loved the psychology of the characters. I can't reveal the name of the serial killer otherwise that'd ruin the book but he's one of my favorite characters in this book. Also the way Matt thinks and the things he manages to plot and pull off in this book are really interesting. I liked this book, I read it in about two sittings, this book was a drug.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Rj Gilmore
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Amanda Croley
May 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Valerie Prosser
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 author fr
Feb 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audiobook
I absolutely loved Christopher Pike when I was younger and had read all his YA books for the late 80's early 90's. So, like many others, when I saw he a written an adult novel I had to read it. The problem he is lifted many of the plot points straight from the novels I remember from my childhood: faked death, false identities, etc. The key difference from the YA fare was ramped up gruesomeness and crudeness/profanity. You would think that use already well trod plots he might delve into more char ...more
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O.M.G. !!!!
This book is Silence of the Lambs meets Criminal Minds. The story weaves in and out and you really have no idea what happens next. Kelly (kind of like A.J. in Criminal Minds) is a billiant PHD in mythology who is hired by the FBI to help profile suspects at Quantico. She decides to get to know the field better so she trains as an FBI agent. Kelly hunts down the dreaded ACID MAN on her own as a renegade FBI agent and thinks she has solved the case... not really though ... he haunts he
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I get Amy cheated on Matt. But that makes her evil? Sooooooo evil. Sooooooo manipulative. Clearly deserves whatever pain comes her way.

Ummm, didn't we condemn Acidman for this?

I am so done with this over usage of this female character type. Le sigh.
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
A definite page turner! The plotting was simply exquisite.
Karen Phelps
All the characters were annoying...I had to keep putting the book down :(
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a kid, I was a big fan of both Christopher Pike and RL Stine, pre-Goosebumps. So I was curious what he could offer me as an adult. This was a little Hannibal Lecter, a little cat and mouse. I was intrigued by the story but a little disappointed in the motivations of the characters. I felt they all lacked depth which made the story a tad unbelievable. But nonetheless it made for a quick page turner as to how everything tied together.
Amber Gowing
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Pike is my all time favorite author so I naturally loved this book. It was a great addition to his line of classics! It was full of suspense. I loved the characters and feel that Pike did an amazing job with character development. The only thing that I disliked was the ending. It was not super disappointing but it could have been better in my opinion. Overall, a great read that I highly recommend.
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-mystery
O.M.G. edge of your seat thriller. This was one of the best thrillers I've read in awhile. Of course I would expect nothing less coming from a writer that I grew up loving, I just never knew he wrote an adult book. It's unfortunate he hasn't written anymore bc it's amazing. So many twists and turns and incredible character development. You really immerse yourself into each characters storyline.
Julie Hoffpauir
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh man....what an awesome book. Really got into this one unlike I did with other Christopher Pike books. It kept me on the edge of my seat, the characters were wonderful and the suspense of it was outstanding.
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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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