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Fall From Grace (Thorndike Core) Hardcover – Large Print, April 6, 2012
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His latest entry "Fall From Grace" is an interesting psychological drama, however, it does not have any courtroom scenes, which is where Patterson as a writer is unsurpassed. "Fall From Grace" is basically a two man story between Adam Blaine and his recently deceased father. Adam is a CIA operative, who comes back home to Maratha's Vineyard, to attend the funeral for his estranged father Ben. Ben was a world renowned writer with a ruthless desire to be the best at at everything no matter the damage to others. Ben had many mistresses during his 40 year marriage, however, at the time of his death, has left his 12 million dollar estate/home to his actress girlfriend. A one million dollar bequest was also given to Adam's old girlfriend, Jenny, an aspiring writer who lives on the Island. Adam must sift through the evidence and determine whether Ben Blaine's death, a fall from a cliff, was an accident, suicide or murder. He must also find a way to help his disinherited mother and brother, while keeping one step ahead of the police, who are attempting to build a case against a family member. This is a daunting task especially since Adam hated his father.
"Fall from Grace" is told through many flashbacks and interviews. Adam and Ben are well defined characters.Read more ›
The plot is typical of his earlier novels. Take a bunch of people who are messed up. Create a current crises, and have the answer to that crisis be a tragic event in the past. In this novel, Ben Blaine has died. The rich best-selling author fell from a cliff at Martha's Vineyard, and son Adam Blaine has returned home for the funeral.
Adam hated his father, and soon discovers the conflict will continue after his father's death. His father's will has left out his mom and his brother, and given everything to an actress he was dating and Jenny Leigh, Adam's ex-girlfriend.
Why this novel is HORRIBLE: Two reasons. First, for the vast majority of the novel, nothing happens. Second, the flashbacks are handled incredibly poorly. Here's what happens for most of the novel. Adam Blaine decides to investigate what happened to his dad, and to try and have the will changed. He begins by talking to people. He talks to his mom, his brother, and then a doctor. Then a psychiatrist. Then the actress, then Jenny, then a cop, then a DA. That's it. Chapter to chapter is Adam going down a list talking to different characters. Patterson never shows us anything. Everything is told, all the events of the novel are recounted. Everything is too contrived.Read more ›
I won't take your time by providing a summary of the book, which can be obtained in the Amazon Book Description above, as well as in many of the reader reviews. What I think might be of more value in helping to decide if this is a book you want to read is to provide my opinion of Fall From Grace.
Overall, while the plot concept has some merit (albeit one that is not very different from lots of other books), it's executed in such a way in that the investigation by the main character, Adam Blaine, into the death of his father takes wwwaaayyy too long before anything of real interest or excitement occurs. And, while Patterson provides some interesting twists towards the end of the book, they come about wwwaaayyy too late to make this a book I would recommend highly to you.
The tale is not a new one, that of an exiled son returning home after the death of a parent. In this case, the lead character is a CIA operative who upon arriving home is drawn into the mystery surrounding his father's death. We follow him in his efforts to solve the mystery, while also piecing together events from his own past and how they relate to who he has become.
While the resolution is satisfying and not completely predictable, I found that the first half moved slowly without reason. We don't really see a lot of character development (very little about our hero's "work" role, for example), and I felt the flow of the book just wasn't what I expect. Perhaps I have my expectations too high based on some of the excellent works he's written in the past, but this was overall a bit of a disappointment. There are certainly far worse efforts out there, but this won't rank with Patterson's best.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the book, however, I prefer a faster pace to a story.Published 18 days ago by Mary Thompson
Well, Richard North Patterson is one of my favorite authors. His stories are so well told and so interesting they grab you immediately. and this one does exactly that.Published 1 month ago by Marilyn J. Grant
Have read many of his previous books, and this one was very good.Published 1 month ago by Charles Flint
I really wanted to like this book because I know this is a popular author and this is my first time reading a book by him so I was a little excited, but it definitely failed to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. Brown
I was given a sample it was suppose to be the first three chapters what a bunch of carp if downloaded the acknowledgments not one word of the book why offer a sample and not do it?Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
R.N.Patterson is one of my favorite authors. I like the way he writes, his detailed story line, plots and sub-plots, his use of words, his insight and the way he understands his... Read morePublished 4 months ago by tim tower
The is the second book of the Blaine family saga. This is a wealthy family from Martha's Vineyard whose son tries to protect its family members ffrom being arrested for a crime... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wendy Plane