Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane happened to be the book that jumped out at me and demanded to be read first out of the eight books I included on my summer reading list. In last week’s Summer Bucket List post, I mentioned needing to do reviews on each of the eight, but saying I need to and actually doing it are two different things, as you all know.
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
432 pages. Available on Amazon and at other book stores. (click here)
To begin, Half Price Books lured me in on buying this hard back copy. Speaking of which, since buying this book, I have been way more into hard back copies. Before, I rarely purchased anything other than used paper backs. But back to the review.
Initially, I felt sure that I was going to really enjoy this book but that it would take a predictable turn and then I would hate it. However, to my delight, even though I was correct with my initial thoughts, the book completely blew me away shortly after.
With the main character, Rachel, you are taken on several journeys throughout the book. Growing up not knowing who her father was, even though her mother knew. Then she thinks she has found out, everything was wonderful until it wasn’t. It’s not him. Yada, yada, more researching to find him. With all of that going on, she lives her life, succeeds, fails, is headed toward rock bottom and then of course there is a guy to help save her from it all.
Without turning into a Spark Notes version of this novel, I am going to leave you with this. If one of your guilty pleasures is watching ridiculous movies on the Lifetime or Oxygen channels, you probably should give this one a try. Conspiracy, violence, anxiety, romance. Even through all of that, I found this to be an easy read.
This is most certainly the is the first “physiological thriller” novel I have ever read. I’m not sure I would always enjoy books in this category, but I sure was pleased with Since We Fell in its entirety. With all this said, there were some areas of this novel that fell flat, but far from most.
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