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Since We Fell
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Since We Fell
A Novel
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The new novel from New York Times bestseller Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River and Shuter Island

"Lehane is the master of complex human characters thrust into suspenseful, page-turning situations." —Gillian Flynn

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.

The new novel from New York Times bestseller Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River and Shuter Island

"Lehane is the master of complex human characters thrust into suspenseful, page-turning situations." —Gillian Flynn

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.

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About the Author-
  • Dennis Lehane is the author of ten previous novels—including the New York Times bestsellers Live by Night; Moonlight Mile; Gone, Baby, Gone; Mystic River; Shutter Island; and The Given Day—as well as Coronado, a collection of short stories and a play. He lives in California with his family.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 27, 2017
    Set in contemporary Boston, this expertly wrought character study masquerading as a thriller from Edgar-winner Lehane (World Gone By) features his first-ever female protagonist. Once a star journalist, until something snapped during her TV coverage of the devastation in Haiti following the 2009 earthquake, Rachel Childs now barely leaves her house. Lehane portrays the frantic hamster wheel of waxing and waning anxiety with unnerving clarity. A lifetime of tension, much of it spawning from her now-deceased mother’s refusal to disclose the identity of Rachel’s father, weighs on Rachel. The quest to put a name to half her DNA is what first sets Rachel on a collision course with Brian Delacroix, a PI (or so he claims) who advises her against the whole thing. Fast forward several years, and Rachel and Brian meet again. Their eventual marriage is romantic and life-affirming, as Brian coaxes Rachel through the swamp of her psyche, until it’s suddenly not. The book’s conspiracy plot doesn’t cut the deepest; it’s Lehane’s intensely intimate portrayal of a woman tormented by her own mind. 15-city tour. Agent: Ann Rittenberg, Ann Rittenberg Literary.

  • Kirkus

    Starred review from February 15, 2017
    Don't zoom through this latest entry in Lehane's illustrious body of work. You'll miss plenty of intrigue, intricacies, and emotional subtleties.The clinical term for what ails journalist Rachel Childs is "agoraphobia." Even if the term didn't appear twice in the novel, it'd be easy enough for the reader to identify--and identify with--her pain thanks to Lehane's delicate, incisive rendering of her various symptoms. They include panic, rage, depression, and, most of all, self-loathing. ("That's who I've become," she thinks to herself. "A creature below contempt.") The reasons behind Rachel's breakdown are likewise cataloged in short, vivid strokes: a childhood spent mostly with her brittle, brilliant mother who refused to tell her anything at all about her father, leading to a yearslong search for that father culminating in desolation and heartbreak. The coup de grace to Rebecca's self-esteem comes when her meteoric rise to prominence as a Boston TV reporter literally crashes from her on-camera nervous collapse while covering the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Through all these jolts and traumas, one person is always around, whether close or from a distance: Brian Delacroix, a witty, handsome Canadian-born businessman whom she first meets as a private investigator, later through his occasional "keep-your-chin-up" e-mails, and then, after she's all but locked herself away in her apartment, outside a South End bar. Brian gradually becomes the only one who can even begin to draw Rachel out of her deep blue funk, first as a confidant, then as a lover, and finally as her husband. Happily ever after? You know there's no such thing in a Lehane novel if you've dived into such rueful, knotty narratives as Mystic River (2001), Shutter Island (2003), and World Gone By (2015). It spoils nothing to disclose that Brian isn't quite who Rachel thinks he is. But as she discovers when she tentatively, gradually subdues her demons to seek the truth, Rachel isn't quite who she thinks she is either. What seems at the start to be an edgy psychological mystery seamlessly transforms into a crafty, ingenious tale of murder and deception--and a deeply resonant account of one woman's effort to heal deep wounds that don't easily show.

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  • Library Journal

    December 1, 2016
    After a terrible public breakdown, reporter Rachel Childs retreats into herself until she has the good fortune to meet and marry charming businessman Brian. Then she sees something--or at least thinks she does--that puts her whole marriage in question. With a 500,000-copy first printing and a ten-city tour.

    Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Wall Street Journal "Endlessly surprising. . . . [A] twisty tale."
  • New York Times "[Lehane] remains one of the great, diabolical thriller kings who seems intimately acquainted with darkness and can make it seep from the page."
  • Washington Post "A pleasantly twisted character study and a love story. . . . Lehane is in command of what he's doing."
  • Tampa Bay Times "A pleasantly twisted character study and a love story. . . . Lehane is in command of what he's doing."
  • Gillian Flynn "Lehane has written two books-one, an insightful examination of the search for identity and belonging, and two, a thriller that constantly leaves you guessing-and then smashed them together into one terrific read."
  • Providence Journal "A riveting exercise in psychological suspense."
  • Tana French, Washington Post "Lehane writes expert, compelling thrillers. . . . He's one of the game changers who smashed the imaginary boundary between genre and literature, proving that we can have the best of both at once."
  • Associated Press "Make no mistake, Since We Fell is crime fiction, filled with con men, murder, greed and revenge. But the love story gives this novel its heart."
  • Entertainment Weekly "[Lehane's] work always combines pulp thrills with literary heart and sophistication."
  • Kate Atkinson "The most thrilling novel I'll read all year. Since We Fell is simmering with emotion, menace, and humor. I loved it."
  • Lee Child "Complex, tense, compelling, and an emotional and strategic hall of mirrors, where nothing is what it seems—but I would follow Dennis Lehane anywhere."
  • AARP Magazine "Another winner from the author of Mystic River. . . . A raucous mix of lust, greed, and betrayal."
  • USA Today "The surfeit of plot twists and emotional baggage are buoyed by Lehane's hard-boiled lyricism and peerless feel for New England noir."
  • Richard Price "One doesn't 'read' Since We Fell so much as plunge and tumble through its pages like a raft in white water. A sweet bullet of a book."
  • Kristin Hannah "Once you pick up a Dennis Lehane novel, you're hooked. It's just that simple. Since We Fell is a complex, compelling, page-turner of a novel from a master storyteller at the top of his game."
  • Lithub "[Since We Fell] should have crime fiction fans busting out the bottle rockets and champagne. . . . It's impossible not to succumb."
  • The Guardian "With sharply acute characterization, this is classic Lehane."
  • New York Journal of Books "A ride you won't want to miss."
  • James Lee Burke "The mystery and intrigue never let go; the twists and turns are engaging and unexpected all the way down the track."
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