Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Since We Fell by, Dennis Lehane

On a Tuesday in May, in her thirty-seventh year, Rachel shot her husband dead.

Now that's how you write an opening sentence. Dennis Lehane's latest novel is part literary character study, part thriller. It starts out detailing Rachel's life: the emotional damage inflicted on her by her mother, her very public nervous breakdown on live TV, and the slow rebuilding of her psyche by her husband. Then, while out to lunch with a friend, she notices her husband exiting a building across the street - when he's supposed to be on a plane to London. The story then goes through a lot of twists and turns to it's exciting conclusion.

Some people may thing the first part of the book is slow, but I guess that depends on what you're looking for. It's a great look into how Rachel got to that point and what makes her tick. In a standard thriller, it would probably be morseled out as the story goes on instead of being an infodump at the beginning. I didn't mind it, but then again, I think Dennis Lehane could write about paint drying in a riveting way.

This is the first book of Lehane's I've read outside of the Kenzie/Gennario series, and I enjoyed it. Probably not as much as that series, but I did like it.

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