New Fiction: Since We Fell – Dennis Lehane

After focusing much of his attention in recent years on two books that constituted an epic American crime saga, Lehane is back to the cat-and-mouse psychological suspense that brings his fans out in droves. And rightly so—he’s a master. So says another master of the genre, 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. Lehane is the master of complex human characters thrust into suspenseful, page-turning situations. I’ll read anything he writes.”

The plot this time involves a former TV journalist reduced to living as a shut-in after an on-air meltdown suffered while covering the devastation in Haiti. This claustrophobic background serves as the stage where Rachel Childs’ anxieties play out as her marriage to the perfect husband unravels into deception, violence, and possibly madness.

Advance reviews are terrific and the book will be covered widely at on sale, starting with a first serial in Playboy, features in New York magazine, Entertainment Weekly and NPR’s Morning Edition. Review coverage starts with The Washington Post, The New York Post and O, the Oprah Magazine. As you might expect, it’s both an Indie Next and LibraryReads pick.

Set in contemporary Boston, this expertly wrought character study masquerading as a thriller from Edgar-winner Lehane features his first-ever female protagonist. Once a star journalist… 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…. 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.”
—  Publishers Weekly

“[T]his narrative vehicle never veers out of control, and when Lehane hits the afterburners in the last 50 pages, he produces one of crime fiction’s most exciting and well-orchestrated finales-rife with dramatic tension and buttressed by rich psychological interplay between the characters. Don’t be surprised if Since We Fell makes readers forget about that other psychological thriller featuring an unstable heroine named Rachel.”
Booklist (starred review)

“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.”
Kirkus

Since We Fell (9780062129383) by Dennis Lehane. $27.99 hardcover. 5/9/17 one day laydown.

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