Review: The Heavens May Fall by Allen Esken
To read or not to read? Shelf Pleasure’s quick take on Allen Eskens’ The Heavens May Fall…
Seventh Street Books (October 4, 2016)
By: Jackie Kimmel
For those who love police/legal dramas then Allen Eskens’ new novel The Heavens May Fall is just what the judge ordered. Using two characters from his previous novel, The Life We Bury, Eskens takes his readers on a journey to find who is responsible for the death of Jennavieve Pruitt.
Max Rupert (detective) and Boady Sanden (lawyer and legal professor) usually work together on cases, but their professional friendship is strained when they go up against each other on the Pruitt case. The book is like reading a transcript of an episode of Law & Order, but with a unique cast of characters whose secrets evolve as the story progresses.
To make the novel juicier, Rupert, Sanden, and the main suspect all have a connected past that complicates the murder investigation, and ultimately the trial. Eskens does a wonderful job of weaving plot twists throughout the novel and leaves the reader playing their own mental version of “who done it?” The book offers plenty of suspects (all with plausible motives), touching backstories and a legal battle that makes you feel like you are in the courtroom. I won’t spoil the ending, but it finishes with a cliffhanger that I can only assume will bring about Eskens’ next novel. If you have ever enjoyed playing the game of Clue, this book will delight you.
Jackie Kimmel is a writer who lives in Colorado. She is the former editor of several publications including: RV Trade Digest Magazine, The Morning Bridge, The Sky Report, Tusk Magazine and The Daily Titan Newspaper. She has loved reading since she was very young and prefers biographical, historical and chick-lit books. Follow Jackie on Twitter @Jackie_Kimmel.
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