I wanted to love this book. I really did. I tried and tried to keep reading it waiting for it to get easier for me to understand, but it just didn’t. The Falling Away by T.L. Hines is a book about an American Indian who is also an Iraq war Vet who was injured and is now addicted to painkillers. In the course of feeding his habit, he meets a guy who gets him involved in a drug deal gone bad and he is running for his life. His name is Dylan Runs Ahead and he is haunted by the death of a friend and the disappearance of his sister. As the story unfolds, we learn that Dylan is destined for something supernatural, and these are a few supporting characters that come into play to help introduce the spiritual aspect of the story.
Overall the theme of the story was fascinating, but when it came down to reading the book and trying to follow it, I simply couldn’t. The chapters switched back and forth, not only to the different characters, but in time as well and I really got to the point about halfway through where I stopped reading and had no interest in picking it back up.
In this tightly paced work, Supernatural Thriller meets the Twilight Zone.
Native American Dylan Runs Ahead is running away. He ran from the Crow Reservation where he grew up because he felt responsible for his sister’s disappearance. He ran to the Army, but after his leg was mangled and his buddy was killed when a bomb exploded, he had to escape from those memories too. Now he’s gotten mixed up in the wrong line of business and he’s running from people who would prefer him dead.
But then he meets a woman named Quinn. She claims to see things that others don’t and tells him that he’s “chosen.” Oddly enough, his buddy in Iraq kept telling him the same thing. Before Dylan Runs Ahead can figure out what that really means, though, he’s going to have to stop and face the demons–both literal and figurative–that he’s been running from.
Like I said, the main idea of the book is really interesting, it just wasn’t put together in a way that I could relate to. The writing and the chapter construction did not flow, it was very difficult for me to figure out what was going on and it became a chore for me to try and finish. The interest storyline was muddied and wasn’t worth the effort for me.
I give this book 2 1/2 stars out of 5 because the plot was unique and interesting and I think written a little differently I would have loved it.
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