Since we fell by dennis lehane review

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Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

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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Since We Fell: A Novel

Rachel Childs was raised by Elizabeth Childs, Ph. Elizabeth made a sadistic, narcissistic game out of not letting Rachel know the identity of her father. The novel begins with a string of joltingly different episodes from an author whose usual style is much more propulsively linear. Here are some of its early developments: Rachel devotes herself to solving the mystery of her father. Even so, this is a long way from home. Strong and smart as she is, Rachel needs a man in her life.

Dennis Lehane: Since We Fell is a deliciously old-fashioned melodrama about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Since then, he has published standalone thrillers — Mystic River and Shutter Island — and most recently concluded an epic historical trilogy featuring Prohibition-era gangster Joe Coughlin. The central appeal of domestic noir, of course, is that it explores the terrifying prospect of the person who is supposed to be your nearest and dearest being unmasked as your worst enemy — an enemy, more often than not, with murder on their mind. Raised by her mother, Rachel becomes obsessed with discovering the identity of the father who abandoned her at an early age, an identity her mother, poisoned by bitterness, deliberately withholds. A journalist by trade, Rachel nevertheless finds herself stymied at every turn and when she commissions a private detective, one Brian Delacroix, to continue the search, he is no more successful.

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Dennis Lehane, "Since We Fell"

Rachel Childs is a former print and television journalist whose career ended following an on-air meltdown precipitated by conditions she encountered while covering the Haiti earthquake. In the wake of her blooper , she develops agoraphobia and ends her marriage to Sebastian, a producer at her television station. Eighteen months later, she marries Brian Delacroix, who she had hired as a private detective to find the father who left her and her mother Elizabeth when Rachel was a child. The story opens with Rachel shooting Brian dead, a flashforward from scenes that follow the fallout from a chance encounter that caused her to question her second marriage and husband. The novel's title derives from " Since I Fell for You ", a song which first charted in Lehane noted the main difficulty in writing the book "was making sure I didn't see [Rachel] through guy goggles", and received feedback from female advance readers to ensure a realistic female perspective throughout the novel, Lehane's first entirely written with a woman's point of view. Lehane was influenced by John Irving 's novel A Widow for One Year when preparing the third draft of the novel, which is when the first pages of the book were developed to tell the story of Rachel's past.

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  1. Through two-thirds of the book, we follow heroine Rachel Childs as she grows from girlhood into a successful adult career, only to see her professional success slip away for reasons only partially her fault.

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