I have been a fan of Dennis Lehane since I picked up Mystic River years ago. When we chose Since We Fell as our July book club read, to say I was excited was an understatement. Once again, Lehane does not disappoint. This is a great character driven thriller with multiple twists and turns!
Since We Fell tells the story of Rachel Childs, an up and coming reporter at her local news station in Boston. After an on-air breakdown destroys her career and her first marriage, she refuses to leave her house. Struggling with memories and lingering questions from a difficult upbringing, her agoraphobia takes over her life. One day, she runs into an old acquaintance, Brian, who sweeps her off her feet. They marry and Brian helps Rachel to overcome her past and journey outside once again. Living with her perfect husband, Rachel could not be happier. That is until one day a chance encounter throws her world upside down. As the mystery begins to unravel, Rachel’s resolve is tested in ways she could never imagine.
Without giving too much of the plot away, the novel had me hooked from page one. Much like Fredrik Backman’s Bear Town, the prologue makes it clear that at some point in the narrative, someone will meet a dark end. The first two-thirds of the novel set the stage for what is to come. Lehane provides great detail on Rachel’s upbringing, her search for her father, the onset of her panic attacks that lead to the destruction of her career. This part of the novel is essential because it helps the reader to develop an attachment to Rachel. She is complex, intelligent and sensitive. This is a character driven novel through and through and Lehane has created an intriguing example in Rachel.
The last third of the novel is where the action really accelerates and it doesn’t let up until the last sentence. I had no clue where the end of this novel was headed and as it kept me completely engaged. Everything I thought I knew about the development of the plot was wrong and it made me love this novel even more. As a reader, I look for mysteries and thrillers that keep me guessing and Lehane did not disapoint. This novel read like the plot of a Hollywood film and I am sure we will see it on the big screen sooner rather than later.
If you are a fan of psychological thrillers, then this is a must read.