This was an absorbing read! Since We Fell my first introduction to Dennis Lehane’s books, and what an intro! While I thought it was a bit of a slow start (things don’t really pick up until may halfway through), I got absorbed in reading about Rachel’s life, and how she gets to the point where we are first introduced to her in the Prologue:
“On a Tuesday in May, in her thirty-fifth year, Rachel shot her husband dead. He stumbled backward with an odd confirmation on his face, as if some part of him had always known she’d do it.”
This book is filled with difficult relationships, from mothers and fathers, to boyfriends and work. The relationships are what drive this book. Because of how slow it started out, if the relationships in Rachel’s life hadn’t been as absorbing as they were, I would have set this book aside.
We follow Rachel on this journey for the first 200+ pages on the quest to find out who her father is (her mother never told her), and while I think it could have been cut down a little, there is relevant information for later in the book.
I also had issues with how the book ended. It seemed that nothing was resolved to me, and I’m not sure I care for Rachel’s character arc.
Overall, this was a great introduction to Lehane’s work, and I can’t wait to go check out his other books.