Waiting on Wednesday: The Fall

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

It's no secret that I love creepy, eerie, things that go bump in the night kind of books. They're my thing...even if they give me nightmares for days. Those, my friends, are the very best books because they're so very tangible that they actually inspire fear. Plus, aren't our imaginations a little more terrifying than watching things play out on screen? I know mine is...

Title: The Fall
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publish Date: October 7, 2014
Genre: YA, Thriller
Pages: 400

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.
Psychological thrillers, plus an Edgar Allan Poe inspiration? Count me in. Though retellings are notoriously tedious and tend to fall flat (in my eyes, of course), I have high hopes for this one. If it even comes close to as haunting as that cover, I'll be sold within a few pages, and I'm not certain I'll ever sleep again. I think, my friends, this is most definitely the book for me! What do you think, and what are you waiting on this week?

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature from Jill at Breaking the Spine.


  1. I'm not as big a fan of horror stories or psychological thrillers as you are, Melissa, and most psychological thrillers are huge hit-or-miss reads for me, but I'm curious to see what you'll make of this one. If it's anywhere close to as good as you hope, I'll definitely be adding it to my TBR. Lovely pick this week, dear!

  2. Ok, this sounds super creepy!! And a retelling of Edgar Allan Poe? Hmmmm, even more intriguing!
    I hadn't heard of this one before, but now I'm adding it to the list!
    Thanks for sharing Melissa!

  3. The cover is old and creepy looking, It's just asking to be picked up and looked at more closely… for hours..

    88dreamers @ Seriesly Reading

  4. That cover is definitely haunting and creepy! I love it. I'm eager to see what you make of this, Melissa! Great choice! :)

  5. OOoh that looks good and creepy!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  6. While I wouldn't initially do more than look at this cover and shudder, I don't know if I can resist a Poe-inspired story!

  7. I'm excited to read this one too, Melissa. I loved the author's first book and this one with it's cover is just begging to be read! Great pick! :)

  8. Yes, for sure! I love the sound of this, and the whole new take on the Usher's story gives me the creeps (in a good way) Melissa :)

  9. Wow wow, this one sounds really gothic and thrilling. I look forward to hearing any reviews on it!


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