February 29, 2024

Since We Fell

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
Fiction - Suspense/Thriller
Finished on February 26, 2024
Rating: 5/5 (Excellent!)

Publisher's Blurb:

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 deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths. 

By turns heart-breaking, suspenseful, romantic, and sophisticated, Since We Fell is a novel of profound psychological insight and tension. It is Dennis Lehane at his very best.

Phew! I almost missed out on a great thriller. I've had Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane on my shelves since April 2017! I was working at Barnes & Noble in Lincoln, Nebraska when I brought the ARC home, only to pack it up with the rest of my books, move it to Oregon, unpack it and place it on a shelf where it remained untouched until this month. I don't know why I ignored it for seven years, but had I read the buyer's sell sheet when I first got the ARC, I would have immediately begun reading the book. (I was about to share part of that sell sheet to entice you to read Lehane's page-turner, but this is one to go into cold.)

A word of warning, though. After reading over 50 pages, I considered calling it quits, not really caring about the main character and her quest to find her father. I'm not sure what pushed me to read further, but I did, and truthfully it still took another 100 pages before I was completely sucked into this riveting story, but by that point, I knew I was in for something great. I set the book aside and turned out my reading light, but woke up a few hours later, realizing that I had been trying to solve a part of the mystery in my sleep. I even had an ah-ha moment from my nocturnal sleuthing when I knew that I had figured out the motivation behind one of the characters' actions. In spite of the late hour, I turned my light back on, flipped back through the book to confirm my assumptions, then read for another hour! I know I'm being obtuse, but this is the kind of book that could be completely ruined by the revelation of spoilers. Don't read any reviews if you aren't certain that they're spoiler-free. The twists and turns in the final chapters kept me engrossed and marveling at Lehane's imagination. And, yes, I would love to see this book made into a movie. The intensity of at least a half dozen scenes would be so satisfying to watch on a big screen. Dreamworks optioned the rights, but don't get too excited. That was back in 2015.

I typically knock off half a point if I struggle with the beginning of a book, but the remainder of this one was so entertaining that I'm going with a full 5-star rating. Highly recommend!


  1. Do you know that I've not ever actually read a book by Dennis Lehane? I certain know about them, but it's just not ever been the right time or the right one or whatever. Can't believe I haven't read one of his mysteries. Anyway, you set up a good 'teaser' review here to entice people to try this book without telling us much - ha! Glad it was a 5-star for you and one never knows - I might read one of this books at some point. ;-)

    1. Kay, this one was so good, but his Kenzie-Genarro series is also outstanding. I may read those again later this year.

  2. I liked the one Lahane book that I've read and I am glad you said to keep reading past the 100 page mark because I normally wouldn't if it wasn't working for me.

    1. Helen, it's funny how many books I've read that have turned out to be 5-star reads that took me over 80-100 pages to get interested! I'm really glad I stuck with this one.

  3. I'm glad you liked this novel. I read & reviewed this one in 2017 ... and I liked parts of it but it wasn't my favorite of Lehane's books. Rachel Childs was not too likable. I listened to it on audio but maybe I should've read it instead ... Here are some of my thoughts https://www.thecuecard.com/movies/dunkirk-mini-reviews/

    1. Susan, I don't know what it was about this one, but I really enjoyed it. No, Childs was not very likeable, but then neither was her husband! Thanks for the link to your review. Yeah, maybe the print edition was better. It's always a crap shoot, isn't it? And, I agree. It really felt like two books.


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