The Fall

The Fall

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Madeline and her twin brother Roderick have the Usher name, the Usher house - and the Usher disease. Something is wrong with the family's blood - and it seems to have spread to the house itself. Sometimes Madeline even thinks that the house is alive...When Roderick is sent away to school, the house seems to want revenge on the one member of the Usher family left behind: Madeline herself. A gorgeous, eerie, darkly Gothic tale, THE FALL is guaranteed to intrigue and enthrall its readers, winning legions of new fans for the talented Bethany Griffin. Perfect for fans of Laini Taylor, Becca Fitzpatrick and Cassandra Clare.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 154 x 221 x 27mm | 398g
  • Hachette Children's Group
  • Indigo (an Imprint of Orion Children's)
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780621361
  • 9781780621364
  • 632,472

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A truly haunting story School Librarian The Fall is a slow burner, ambling along with a portent of doom following in its footsteps. It gets under your skin in the best kind of way, and is a truly gothic tale that isn't easily forgotten. It's one of the biggest surprises of the year for me; I hope it gets the recognition it deserves, and that any Edgar Allan Poe enthusiasts appreciate what Bethany Griffin has done for the Usher story. Consider me impressed! WONDROUS READS Deliciously gothic and mysterious, I was puzzled by some aspects of the story but wanted to keep reading because I felt like the payoff at the end was going to be worth it. I won't give anything away apart from to say that this is a book which will keep you thinking long after the final pages. I'm still not sure that I have everything straight in my head! I'd like to read Poe's original story now as well, so that I can compare the two. If you're a fan of the gothic and the bizarre then I would recommend that you give 'The Fall' a read. A DREAM OF BOOKS I absolutely adore this book! Bethany Griffin has crafted a work that tips it's hat respectfully in the way of the original, and builds so much more upon it. Every page is rich, gothic deliciousness. Love it, love it, love it! MAB IS MABshow more

About Bethany Griffin

Bethany Griffin teaches English literature, history and creative writing. She is the author of the post-apocalyptic Masque of the Red Death sequence. Bethany's website is http://www.bethanygriffin.com/ and you can follow her on Twitter @_bethanygriffinshow more

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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 seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline's only chance of escape lies in destroying the house. But to do that she risks destroying everything she loves... A gripping psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe's classic The Fall of the House of Usher, by the author of the Masque of the Red Death sequence. 978 1 78062 136 4 £9.99show more

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A truly haunting story School Librarianshow more

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1,989 ratings
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4 28% (560)
3 33% (647)
2 14% (287)
1 6% (110)

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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) Madeline and her twin brother Roderick live in a cursed house, and they wonder how long it will be until the house drives them to commit suicide. This was certainly a haunting tale, but I found it a little hard to follow. Madeline was a bit of a strange girl, but I did feel sorry for her. The way she was looked down upon while her brother was the golden boy wasn’t very fair, and that she should be stuck in a house and subject to a curse, while her brother was sent away to school also wasn’t very nice. The storyline in this did have a bit of a creepy feel to it, but I personally wasn’t scared as such. I found the way the story jumped around – Madeline is 18, Madeline is 9, Madeline is 15, Madeline is 9, Madeline is 9, Madeline is 15, a bit confusing, and the fact that the curse wasn’t fully explained made this even more confusing. There were also some very strange statements from Madeline – “I rest my hand against the wood – too long, because feelings seep into me that are not my own.” And her father – “The house is seductive, It reads our deepest desires.” The pace in this also felt really slow. I wanted to know what was going on, but the story felt like it went on forever. The ending to this was again hard to follow, but I think I worked out what happened! Overall; did find this story enjoyable, but I didn’t appreciate the slow pace, jumpiness and confusion. 6 out of 10.show more
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