Oct 3, 2014
Author: Bethany Griffin
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Madeline Usher is doomed. 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 an interesting take on The Fall of the House of Usher. I really liked Madeline and her determination to survive. The book was well-written in a haunting voice, which definitely carried the mystery of the original Edgar Allan Poe story.
The characters were well-written, and I definitely enjoyed Madeline more than any of the others. The house being prescient really creeped me out, and I did end up getting really sucked into the whole story. The one thing that took me awhile to get used to was the flashbacks where the POV changes to a younger Madeline. It definitely added to the story, but it was a little off-putting.
The story did start dragging through the middle, it felt quite repetitive. I think it was supposed to help build up the end, but I wanted to scream “Get on with it!” However, the middle did start to show how evil the house could be. It really showed that the house took in people and twisted and consumed them for its own needs. It was incredibly disturbing, but very enthralling.
The ending was the high point of the story, it really showed the mysterious nature of the house. It was a great gothic novel like the others Bethany Griffin has written. She did a fantastic job setting the mood to be dark and dreary. I would give it 3.5 out of 5 stars, for its intriguing but disturbing nature.
3.5/5 – A Great Read, Well-Written
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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