Review: The Fall

Nov •  25 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The FallThe Fall by Bethany Griffin
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Greenwillow Books on October 7th 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Gothic/Thriller
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher

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.

Alright, I don’t know where to even begin. There is so much to tell about this book yet so little.

Plot: First off, the plot is pretty intense. You have this family (The Usher’s) who live in this house and they believe that they are cursed. That the house “wants” them. They have plenty of money to keep them at bay with their own doctors, who believe everything that they say.

The curse: At some point of the story I wanted to believe that maybe there are actually cursed but to me it seems that maybe they are insane. The parents seem pretty crazy and pass on all ideas to their kids. To me some things don’t add up. I think the curse seems to be all in their head, yet it doesn’t quite explain all the creepy things that happen in that house.

The house: The house is something out of Amityville horror. Beautiful yet trapping. Once your in, thats it. I felt the drawl to the house, the wonder of what secrets lurk in the wall. Let’s just say the some parts freak me out.

Honestly, this story is very unique and very hard to explain if you don’t read it for yourself. It certainly has its own category of weird yet you can’t help but finish the book. I would recommend this book to those who love gothic tales.

Happy Reading!



  1. Giselle
    Nov 25, 2014

    I really enjoyed this one and how uncertain you were of everything that was happening. Was it all in her head? Were they really cursed? I loved the cryptic nature of it all. And I agree on the Amityville horror house comparison! I loved that it was basically a character in and of itself! Great review, hun!

  2. Oh I’m just hoping this isn’t too scary for me, but I’ve been enjoying these kinds of tales. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

  3. Jenny
    Nov 26, 2014

    I’m intrigued Savy! I definitely don’t want to set foot in this house, but I also really want to know more about it and whether or not the curse is real or imagined:) Lovely review!

  4. Candace
    Nov 26, 2014

    I figure this one might be just a tad too creepy for me! At the same time I’m curious!

  5. Gothic reads are definitely my thing, so I’ll have to check this one out! I’m curious about how “weird” this read really is… Awesome review!

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings