Monday, April 17, 2017

The Fall by Bethany Griffin

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.

REVIEW:  Anyone looking for an atmospheric, gothic story should read this book. It's engaging from the first few pages until the very end. I found it very hard to put the book down at times. I love the dark, gothic imagery of the manor and its surroundings. The main character, Madeline Usher, is melancholy yet inquisitive and brave as she struggles to release the hold that the manor has on her and her twin brother, Roderick. And who could not love her loyal wolfhound, Cassandra.


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