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Fall from Grace: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Could not put it down

I always enjoy books by this author but this was one book I could not put down and could not wait to finish-while wishing it would not end

posted by DCFL on June 11, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

A Painfully Slow Mystery With Dark Characters

This is a book were you plod along and wait for something to happen and very little does. Adam Blaine is a covert government agent working on an assignment in Afghanistan and is called home because his father (Ben) has died. Adam abruptly left 10 years prior and hadn't ...
This is a book were you plod along and wait for something to happen and very little does. Adam Blaine is a covert government agent working on an assignment in Afghanistan and is called home because his father (Ben) has died. Adam abruptly left 10 years prior and hadn't spoken to his father since. He finds that his father either fell, was pushed or committed suicide from a cliff. The police highly suspect foul play and their prime suspect is Adam's brother Teddy.

Adam is mysteriously selected the executor of the estate and a new will has cut off Ben's wife (Clarice) and Teddy. Additionally the will has left most of Ben's estate to his mistress (Carla) and smaller amounts to Adam's ex-girlfriend (Jenny) and to Adam himself. As Adam apparently hates his father and doesn't care how he died, he is also fearful for Teddy and wants to clear him of all charges. Therefore he decides to open his own investigation.

This is just at the beginning of the book. The rest of the book moves at a snail's pace and you keep expecting Adam to get into a battle or something based on his training but this never happens. All the people involved are very "dark" and the most "dark" is Adam himself. It seems like Adam has all the feelings of a stone. The reader never really cares for the characters, even when the author reveals how each character became the way they are it does not change the reader's opinion.

The author's style also sometimes gets in the way and the overuse of flashbacks gets annoying. There were also some inconsistancies is the story that I noticed and this could be because it was an uncorrected proof. Most of these inconsistancies did not detract from the story (I seemed to be confused when Adam was playing the last hole in a round of golf with Ben as it seemed like it said that Ben put his ball 10 yards past Adam's. Then they later tee-off on the hole so did Ben tee off 10 yards in front of Adam or did they replay the hole?).

Anyway, by the time we learn what actually happened on the cliff the reader really doesn't care (I guess we become like Adam) Also, it seems to have been taken more from a soap opera plot than real life. Further, how Adam is able to obtain information from the DA's office seemed to be like something you would expect from an episode of Desperate Housewives. I barely give this one 3 stars.

posted by Kataman1 on March 19, 2012

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

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    Fall From Grace returned to Patterson's writing style that I hav

    Fall From Grace returned to Patterson's writing style that I have enjoyed for years. His past few books have been disappointing--to the point of not finishing one! But I thoroughly enjoyed Fall From Grace and finished reading in 2 days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Subtle ending.

    Always enjoy Patterson writings. This one I had trouble putting down. Unusually enlightening approach to keeping something til the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Krazykit

    Im feelin down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Great Read

    I found this book just as interesting as all RNP,s other books I didnt fell that it was like a soap opera as other reviews stated I highly recommend it

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