This is a review of a free book I received via the Amazon Vine Programme.
I am reviewing the book Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane. This is essentially a love story, shrouded in suspense and family drama. When Rachel meets Brian, they’re made for each other, but can their love sustain the choices they make? Here are my thoughts:
^^ I am a fan of Dennis Leahane’s work, so was eager to read his latest book. But, I have to admit at first I thought this was a bit slow going at the beginning. Part One covered the searching for her father, and hearing how her relationship with her toxic mother had affected her, and was still affecting her after her death.
^^ Then it sped up and by the last third I was reading unbelievably super-fast and only then realising how it all came together, and why I needed so much background detail earlier. What I thought was slow going was actually providing a deep insight to why Rachel would have trust issues and provide motivation for her actions years later. I understood how Rachel’s mother abandoning her contributed to her own lack of self-worth, and why she carried around with her so much guilt about a girl in Hati. After my original slow start I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did.
^^ Once again Lehane has proved to me (not that he really needs to!) just how much of a superb writer he is. He has such a distinctive way of writing which makes me feel like I’m seeing this played out on a screen, watching a movie in my mind. Luckily, a screenplay adaptation is already in the works. I knew it would be!
^^ It’s not one of those books that you’re trying to work out who did it. You know straight away from the first line: “On a Tuesday in May, in her thirty-fifth year, Rachel shot her husband dead. He stumbled backward with an odd look of confirmation on his face, as if some part of him had always known she’d do it.”
^^ What this story does it raise the question, “Why?”
^^ I also love Rachel and Brian’s relationship. They mess each other about something chronic. They love each other, they hate each other. It seems like their relationship shouldn’t work, yet it does. In fact, Brian is good for her! Honesty, if this sounds complicated it’s only because their love story is complicated. They are two messed up characters, and pretty realistic with it.
^^ The ending has some great plot twists, and was quite emotional. It’s one of those books that kept me thinking long after I’d read “The End”.
Overall: Characterisation is a big part of what I love about Dennis Lehane’s writing, his characters are never boring or straightforward, even the good guys have issues. You get to see into the lives of the main two characters and see how they touched the lives of others. Everyone is looking for something in their life, or wanting to be something they’re not. What this book asks is “Why?”
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