The Heavens May Fall is the third book written by Allen Eskens and is not exactly part of a series however his books do seem to follow a pattern and have recurring characters from his past books. My first book I read was The Life We Bury and I was first introduced to some of the characters in that one. I really enjoyed The Life we Bury and suggest starting there. The second book written is The Guise of Another and I haven’t read that one yet. Allen Eskens fourth book The Deep Dark Descending follows this one and I read that one with my Traveling Sisters and we all really enjoyed it. They can be read as a standalone however for readers who like to read in order of characters appearance I suggest starting with The Life we Bury and reading them in order.
The Heavens May Fall starts off a little slow at first as we get some background into our main character Max’s grief over losing his wife in a hit and run accident a few years before. Eskens digs deep into Max’s overwhelming grief, loneliness, and guilt over not keeping her safe. It became a little intense and a bit tough to take all at once and that brought out an interesting discussion on grief for us.
The story is cleverly told from Max and Boady’s POV and through their voices we see opposite sides to their stories involving a murder case they both are involved in. Both are damaged and flawed and we see how they are forced to confront their own personal conflict. The tension builds in the murder trial between Max and Boady and it cleverly tests their friendship. It all became about the characters for some us and we loved the dynamics between the characters however it did feel like it was a bit lacking in character development that could have been from not reading all of the books. Lila from The Life We Bury appears in the story and we really enjoyed her involvement in this story.
Allen Eskens does a great job keeping us guessing with this cleverly crafted plot with twists and turns we didn’t even realize were happening until the shocking and brilliant ending that made for a fantastic final discussion for us. I highly recommend!