Book Review: The Fall by Bethany Griffin

The Fall
Author: Bethany Griffin
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Horror | Retellings
Released: October 7th 2014
Review Source: Greenwillow Books

She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.

Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.

In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down? The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.

The Fall was the perfect read for October. The eeriness and slow build of the story truly brought suspense that made you want more. The Fall is a reimagining for Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Madeline is cursed, the whole Usher family is cursed.

Madeline Usher is unfortunately part of a family that is truly cursed. They live in a house that controls everything, controls thoughts, actions, and impending deaths. The house truly lives to destroy and taunt the Usher family, a house that is very much alive as the people that are living in it. We start Madeline’s story off before the house truly invades her, but she sees it taking over her mother and her father, but she is the one that house chooses, its next reason to thrive. We also get journal entries from an Usher that has already passed, Lisbeth Usher, who was trying to find a way out, a way to leave the house and actually live. It deems impossible to actually leave the house, something always brings them back. I don’t want to give too much away since I love getting the smaller things that made the book what it is, a thriller, mystery, something you’re going to want to piece by piece yourself.

For me this book took me some time to read, it was a slow read, but always engaging. The way Bethany Griffin tells Madeline’s story will get you entranced with everything, wanting to know more, and wanting to destroy the house as well. Since it was a slow and steady pace I was having a hard time picking it back up, this is something different from what I normally read and I wanted something  new to try, which I believe is the reason why I was having difficulty with it, but that no way lessens my views on the story being told. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who loves an eerie read, that doesn’t mind a slow speed but loves receiving clues and tidbits that piece together a great book.  

Make sure to check out the guest post we featured during THE FALL blog tour on the 7th of October.

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I thought it was a little slow starting, too, but I didn't push through and finish it. Maybe I need to pick it back up!


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