Monday, October 20, 2014
Review: The Fall by Bethany Griffin
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I wanted to love this book so badly, however, the way the story was told took away some enjoyment. The author has super short chapters (I love short chapters but these really bugged me) that switches between times, when the main character is nine - eighteen and it was so hard to follow.
However, I did like the MC, Madeline, and the side characters, plus the atmosphere was really spooky and I was scared at a few spots in the novel. And I plan on reading the Edger Allen Poe short story that it is based on to how close it was to the original.
I recommend this a fun Halloween read, just know the chapters/POV is hard to get a hand of.
Three Stars Out of Five