Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Fallen
by David Baldacci

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 421
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Amos Decker and his journalist friend Alex Jamison are visiting the home of Alex's sister in Barronville, a small town in western Pennsylvania that has been hit hard economically. When Decker is out on the rear deck of the house talking with Alex's niece, a precocious eight-year-old, he notices flickering lights and then a spark of flame in the window of the house across the way. When he goes to investigate he finds two dead bodies inside and it's not clear how either man died. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. There's something going on in Barronville that might be the canary in the coal mine for the rest of the country.

Faced with a stonewalling local police force, and roadblocks put up by unseen forces, Decker and Jamison must pull out all the stops to solve the case. And even Decker's infallible memory may not be enough to save them.


Kritters Thoughts:  Amos Decker is supposedly on vacation and of course his vacation is interrupted by a few murders and him and his journalist friend Alex Jamison are pulled into the thick of it and vacation turns into a murder investigation.

This book is the fourth in a series and I have not read book one through three.  I am assuming that this is like other mystery series where you can mostly pop in and out and you are missing some of the main character development, but each mystery is self contained in each book.  

At this point, I have read a few David Baldacci books and after every one so far I have been meh about the book.  After finishing this one and talking to my mom, I have finally realized why I am not a Baldacci fan and maybe why I may quit reading his books.  

In his books there is a male main character and in the books there gets to a point where the main character seems like they are mansplaining things and at least in this particular book he completely repeated all the facts that the reader knows from reading the entire book.  Even to a point where I said I KNOW out loud because I was ready for the review to end and to get to the conclusion of the book.  

So at the same time I have seen David Baldacci speak twice and he seemed a bit pompous during his talks so I have his voice in the back of my mind when I read his books and I can't put two and two together and enjoy the book.  I say all of this because I have decided to quit reading him.  I would like to read books where there are more female main characters and they are leading the investigations.        


Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Grand Central Publishing.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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