The Fall

The Fall

Book - 2015
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Madeline Usher has been buried alive. The doomed heroine comes to the fore in this eerie reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe's classic short story "The Fall of the House of Usher." Gothic, moody, and suspenseful from beginning to end, The Fall is literary horror for fans of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Asylum.

Madeline awakes in a coffin. And she was put there by her own twin brother. But how did it come to this? In short, non-chronological chapters, Bethany Griffin masterfully spins a haunting and powerful tale of this tragic heroine and the curse on the Usher family. The house itself is alive, and it will never let Madeline escape, driving her to madness just as it has all of her ancestors. But she won't let it have her brother, Roderick. She'll do everything in her power to save him--and try to save herself--even if it means bringing the house down around them.

With a sinister, gothic atmosphere and relentless tension to rival Poe himself, Bethany Griffin creates a house of horrors and introduces a whole new point of view on a timeless classic. Kirkus Reviews praised it in a starred review as "A standout take on the classic haunted-house tale replete with surprises around every shadowy corner."

Publisher: New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, 2015.
ISBN: 9780062107862
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Griff
Characteristics: 420 pages ; 20 cm


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This novel offers a reimagined version of Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Fall of the House of Usher.'

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Jul 02, 2017

The Fall by Bethany Griffin is, in my eyes, a masterpiece. The pacing, the mood, the diction, and the imagery are sublime. This is a novel of aesthetic set in the 19th century in an ancient house, narrated by a trapped girl, with themes of darkness, sadness, melancholy, fear, and destruction.

sofialaveta Mar 16, 2015

this book is awesome!!
Now to go read the original.

ChristchurchLib Jan 05, 2015

"Madeline Usher is trapped inside her family's decaying, haunted mansion. As her desperation to save herself (and her beloved twin brother, Roderick) increases, so does her strange illness... could it be that the house would rather let her die than let her leave? The Fall's intensifying pace immerses readers in a "thick, murky atmosphere" (Kirkus Reviews) of dread, building toward a dramatic, disturbing finale. Based on Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher, this twisted tale will hold special appeal for Poe fans, as well as fans of Bethany Griffin's earlier Poe adaptations, Masque of the Red Death and Dance of the Red Death." Teen Scene January 2015 newsletter


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Jul 02, 2017

Sexual Content: All sexual content is very discreetly implied and hints at the undertones of small actions. Among these is an incestual relationship.

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