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Since We Fell Reviews

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

Since We Fell

Dennis Lehane

4.33 out of 5

4 reviews

Category: Thrillers, Fiction
Imprint: Abacus
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 29 May 2018
ISBN: 9780349142241

TILL DEATH US DO PART... The stunning new masterpiece from one of the world's greatest crime writers, Dennis Lehane

1 Prize for Since We Fell

The Crime Writing Association Daggers
2018 Gold Dagger Shortlist

Tough American crime novelist changes gear and makes main character a troubled insecure woman who kills her husband. Guns give way to deep psychology.


4 stars out of 5
Janet Maslin
28 Sep 2018

"(Lehane) remains one of the great, diabolical thriller kings"

Like so many mystery authors who have been drawn into screenwriting, Lehane writes best when he’s thinking solely about a book. “World Gone By,” the elegiac 2015 novel that preceded this one, had a tragic grandeur that is never approached by this less credible, more action-oriented thriller. But “World Gone By” had none of the tricks, shocks, visual effects, mad coincidences and disguises that propel “Since We Fell.” And Lehane is no slouch at those, either. He remains one of the great, diabolical thriller kings who seems intimately acquainted with darkness and can make it seep from the page or screen.

4 stars out of 5
28 Sep 2018


In its second half, however, it starts revving up into a complex series of thrillerish twists and plot surprises,  revealing actual con artists rather than failing people, ultimately becoming, however pacey, implausible: reducing itself back to genre. Thus Lehane,  a crime writer fully the equal of more ostensibly literary authors, reveals  in a single novel the fault-lines between entertainment and seriousness, distraction and attention. Still, a very good book.

5 stars out of 5
Declan Burke
20 May 2018

"Dennis Lehane reaffirms his mastery of the crime narrative"

There are no grotesques here, no facile cliffhangers, no red herrings so obviously stale they’re stinking the joint. Since We Fell is a deliciously old-fashioned melodrama about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, a brilliantly unconventional domestic noir that confirms Lehane’s mastery of the crime narrative in all its varied forms.

4 stars out of 5
Barry Forshaw
14 Apr 2018

"this is classic Lehane"

With sharply acute characterisation, this is classic Lehane. And since some of it is set in London, there’s an added piquancy for the British reader.