They All Fall Down
It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime.Delighted by a surprise invitation, Miriam Macy sails off to a luxurious private island off the coast of Mexico, with six strangers—an ex-cop, a chef, a financial advisor, a nurse, a lawyer, a young widow.Surrounded by miles of open water in the gloriously green Sea of Cortez, Miriam is shocked to discover that she and the rest of her companions have been brought to the remote island under false pretenses—and all seven strangers harbor a secret.Danger lurks in the lush forest and in the halls and bedrooms of the lonely mansion. Sporadic cell-phone coverage and miles of ocean keeps the group trapped in paradise. And strange accidents keep them suspicious of each other, as one by one . . . They all fall down

They All Fall Down Details

TitleThey All Fall Down
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 9th, 2019
PublisherForge Books
ISBN-139780765398147
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Fiction

They All Fall Down Review

  • Fareya
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, that was disappointing! Let me make it clear first that I am totally in support of retellings and adaptations of classics, and it's always fun to read a familiar book with a slightly different take and twists of its own. And Then There Were None is one of my favorite books by Agatha Christie, and They All Fall Down is its adaptation, so I was very excited for it. The premise and the prologue are both excellent, the setting of a remote island off the Mexican mainland was well done, there is Okay, that was disappointing! Let me make it clear first that I am totally in support of retellings and adaptations of classics, and it's always fun to read a familiar book with a slightly different take and twists of its own. And Then There Were None is one of my favorite books by Agatha Christie, and They All Fall Down is its adaptation, so I was very excited for it. The premise and the prologue are both excellent, the setting of a remote island off the Mexican mainland was well done, there is some funny banter in between as well, and the newspaper clippings was a nice touch, but that's about it. Throughout the book, the writing felt jagged, I was hoping for a smoother delivery but it was choppy. I found the narrator Miriam to be highly irritating, and at times I couldn't stand being inside her head. I also felt, the other six characters were very hurriedly introduced that got confusing and I couldn't keep track of who's who later. The story dragged up until the halfway mark, then felt very rushed and the conclusion was just okay. I easily guessed the killer and also how that first kill happened. Towards the end I couldn't wait for it all to just be over. So, overall, I found this to be pretty underwhelming.However, I know a few friends have really enjoyed this, so I'll say read a few positive reviews and decide if you'd like to give this one a go. Sadly, it didn't work for me. "A free finished copy was provided by Booksparks as part of their Winter Reading Challenge #WRC2019. All opinions are my own."
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  • Fiona
    January 1, 1970
    I, too, had waited for something magical to happen in my life. I thought it had been meeting Billy, then marrying Billy. I thought it had been giving birth to Morgan, but then... no. When would it happen, that something magical? On this island, maybe? Maybe.Of all the novels published by Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None has been the most adapted. What is it, exactly, that calls us so much towards the concept of terrible people isolated and left to determine their own fates? Whatever it I, too, had waited for something magical to happen in my life. I thought it had been meeting Billy, then marrying Billy. I thought it had been giving birth to Morgan, but then... no. When would it happen, that something magical? On this island, maybe? Maybe.Of all the novels published by Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None has been the most adapted. What is it, exactly, that calls us so much towards the concept of terrible people isolated and left to determine their own fates? Whatever it is, it's proved a winner - spawning endless TV series, and I believe planting the spark for such juggernauts as Battle Royale and The Hunger Games. So with such a huge crowd of inspired bys and adaptations of, was there a place for a new novel to join their ranks? In my opinion, absolutely. There's comfort in knowing how the story has gone before, and a wealth of new discovery when you wait to see what a new storyteller has brought to the table. And Rachel Howzell Hall knocks it right out of the park! Her characters are superb. It's hard to write a three-dimensional set of thoroughly unpleasant people, but they absolutely were - just like real life, people don't just act badly in a vacuum. No, instead they have a range of motivations; from the enthusiastic and overly drugged up, to the mentally ill, to the fantasist convinced everyone would understand if they would just let them tell the real story. It's not perfect, there's some very lightning-fast changes of tone and emotion that could have used slowing down a touch, especially in the charged situations these people find themselves in. Some characters didn't get the "screen time" they deserved, and it wouldn't have hurt the book to give it. But it's a very solid novel, thoroughly entertaining and exactly what I wanted going in.
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  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book!! Miriam’s life is a complete disaster at the moment. Her husband has a new girlfriend, her daughter refuses to speak to her and the police are calling to talk to her. When she suddenly receives an invitation participate in a reality show on a a remote tropical island, she feels like her luck is finally improving. She’s told there will be six other participants but there won’t be any cell , internet or telephone services. She still feels like she can win this competiti I really enjoyed this book!! Miriam’s life is a complete disaster at the moment. Her husband has a new girlfriend, her daughter refuses to speak to her and the police are calling to talk to her. When she suddenly receives an invitation participate in a reality show on a a remote tropical island, she feels like her luck is finally improving. She’s told there will be six other participants but there won’t be any cell , internet or telephone services. She still feels like she can win this competition. However when Miriam arrives she realizes they were all summoned to the island under false pretenses. When several of the guests begin to die as a result of strange “accidents” the remaining guests become frightened and suspicious of each-other. They are stranded on an island without a boat or any forms of communication the new game is called life or death. This plot is a guessing game and the big question is who is going to die next and who is the killer. This definitely was a modern remake of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. I give this four stars!
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  • Jamie Canaves
    January 1, 1970
    Great Modern And Then There Were None! (TW suicide/ eating disorder/ anxiety attacks)I went into this with high expectations because I love Hall’s detective series and “remakes” of And Then There Were None (strangers suddenly deserted together and one by one they start to be murdered). Hall totally delivered! I don’t want to say much on plot, because the not knowing is a fun element of these stories, so I’m going to focus on why this really worked for me. I loved Miriam Macy–who accepts a trip t Great Modern And Then There Were None! (TW suicide/ eating disorder/ anxiety attacks)I went into this with high expectations because I love Hall’s detective series and “remakes” of And Then There Were None (strangers suddenly deserted together and one by one they start to be murdered). Hall totally delivered! I don’t want to say much on plot, because the not knowing is a fun element of these stories, so I’m going to focus on why this really worked for me. I loved Miriam Macy–who accepts a trip to a Mexican island in hopes of winning a reality show and getting her life back in order–as the point of view because she clearly has baggage but is a fighter. And Hall used a lot of clever crime genre elements that all blended really well together: a main character known to lie who has anxiety and doubts what she sees; everyone has a motive so the killer can be anyone; they’re all stuck together because of a storm so they’re forced to solve the mystery or fight; the challenge of who we are as people when we’re forced to face our worse self; everyone’s got a secret they’re hiding; the boiled frog fable–you’re in danger and you didn’t even realize it until it’s too late! Hall is also brilliant in how she modernized this tale while staring the problematic aspects of the genre dead in the eyes. I’ll read anything she writes.--from Book Riot's Unusual Suspects newsletter: https://link.bookriot.com/view/56a820...
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    Damnit this was fun. Really funny protagonist. It was a real caper- just go with the story. Give me more thriller/suspense written by AOC!
  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    Some things, as my dear friend the witch says in "Into the Woods," are not to be touched. I can see how this seemed like a good idea on paper. Classics are classics for a reason and they don't get much more classic than Dame Agatha's brilliant And Then There Were None. Its like the whodunnit origin story. Eight strangers lured to a deserted island under false pretenses by a mysterious would be benefactor only to find themselves on trial for their lives. Its the original bait and switch with your Some things, as my dear friend the witch says in "Into the Woods," are not to be touched. I can see how this seemed like a good idea on paper. Classics are classics for a reason and they don't get much more classic than Dame Agatha's brilliant And Then There Were None. Its like the whodunnit origin story. Eight strangers lured to a deserted island under false pretenses by a mysterious would be benefactor only to find themselves on trial for their lives. Its the original bait and switch with your perceptions of all the characters shifting on a dime as hero's become villains and everything you thought you understood about the story being totally upended in a final, jaw dropping reveal. Its deftly plotted and perfectly executed. The perfect mystery. And in this day and age that basically means its "perfect" for a reboot. Because isn't everything guys?But while she could construct a mystery like nobody's business Christie also had an unparalleled gift for character. Everyone in the story, even the supposed hero, is just totally twisted in one way or another. They're all a veritable smorgasbord of sins. Lust and envy and greed and rage all caged on an island they can't escape. They've all committed terrible crimes but none of them, not even the most vile, are straight up mustache twisting evil doers. They've killed for love or out of desperation, they're good people who made bad choices, or got in over their heads or hurt the wrong people or went right when they should have gone left. They're layered and fascinating and full of hidden motives that Christie only reveals at just the right moment.Its hard, I'd venture to say impossible, to duplicate that kind of story telling and character building much less improve on it. So I can't say I'm hugely surprised that this attempt at updating what really is the quintessential mystery novel falls more than a little flat. Maybe its because I'm just a very jaded mystery reader with a fixation on true crime who's seen one too many "Cold Case Files" and listened to one too many podcasts but nothing about this made an impact.Our narrator is a duplicitous dance mom who's down on her luck following a nasty divorce and some questionable, but initially unrevealed shenanigans involving a teenage dancer who was bullying her daughter. When she gets the invitation to appear on a reality show with the chance to win millions, clear her name, and regain her daughters trust she jumps.Of course there is no reality show and the other participants are soon revealed to have been lured to the island with false promises as well. Finally its revealed that they've been tricked into attending a weekend long memorial for a lawyer who, at one time or another, had helped them all out of difficult circumstances. Then, of course, everyone starts dying.I don't know I just couldn't get into this. Every character is just point blank awful. I hated them all and couldn't have cared less when they bit it. Nor could I really keep track of them. The motivation for it all, when it is revealed, is your garden variety puppet master making up for past wrongs with none of the secret maliciousness of Christie's original killer. Our heroine, Miriam, is entirely detestable. I don't know if I was supposed to root for her to somehow escape, but she's so utterly awful from page one with her bitchy, "I tell it like is" voice and her utterly awful crimes that I didn't spare even a second on any sympathy for her regardless of the reasons for her actions. Her fellow "hidden" criminals are equally one note and again the reveal is not so much a breathless showstopper as it is a slow, wheezing sputter across the finish line.This just isn't worth it at all. Read the original.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to read Rachel Howzell Hall's take on And Then There Were None, and she did not disappoint! I've only read her Lou Norton series previously, and this was something completely different, but with the same quality that makes her other books so gripping. Miriam Macy receives an invitation to participate in a reality show on an island in Mexico, which conveniently gives her the chance to escape her circumstances at home. But things on the island are not what she expected, and soon p I was so excited to read Rachel Howzell Hall's take on And Then There Were None, and she did not disappoint! I've only read her Lou Norton series previously, and this was something completely different, but with the same quality that makes her other books so gripping. Miriam Macy receives an invitation to participate in a reality show on an island in Mexico, which conveniently gives her the chance to escape her circumstances at home. But things on the island are not what she expected, and soon people start dying... Miriam is no Lou Norton--she's kind of terrible in a lot of ways, but so is everyone else on the island, and whatever else she is, she's a compelling character, and I was completely engrossed as the tension kept escalating.If you've read the Agatha Christie novel, a lot of the twists won't come as a shock to you, but still, this is a really fantastic take on the story. It's dark and twisted, and I enjoyed every second of it.*Used for PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge prompt "A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover."
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  • Ludwig
    January 1, 1970
    A luxurious trip gone wrong? A possibly-paranoid protagonist? A group of unlikeable characters? Sign. Me. Up!Rachel Howzell is brilliant. She created this beautiful, imperfect and funny character as this mystery's protagonist and I instantly fell in love with her. The author nailed the prologue, it was claustrophobic and suspenseful enough to compel me to go forward and figure out what the heck just happened.THEY ALL FALL DOWN is a binge-worthy mystery full of twists and turns. We have unexpecte A luxurious trip gone wrong? A possibly-paranoid protagonist? A group of unlikeable characters? Sign. Me. Up!Rachel Howzell is brilliant. She created this beautiful, imperfect and funny character as this mystery's protagonist and I instantly fell in love with her. The author nailed the prologue, it was claustrophobic and suspenseful enough to compel me to go forward and figure out what the heck just happened.THEY ALL FALL DOWN is a binge-worthy mystery full of twists and turns. We have unexpected revelations creeping up on us in each chapter - horrible things are happening in the mansion where the travelers are set to reside, and no one can make sense of this unstoppable craziness- each one compelling us to wonder..."Why were these people really brought to this house in the middle of the ocean?", "Who will be the last one(s) standing?" And I was definitely stunned at the creative ways in which each guest has met their fate.As the story progresses, it is clear that our protagonist Miriam will not sit back and let these strangers get to her head. It's only a matter of time before she puts on her detective hat and begins to uncover the truths behind this trip's mystery, stunning us readers with the discoveries she's making within the halls and rooms inside of this house. This travel journey has now turned into a murder spree, but how had it come to this?! It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime!Readers, pick this one up and enjoy watching these (quite intriguing) people run for their lives on a private Island in the beautiful green Sea of Cortez.
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  • Monica **can't read fast enough**
    January 1, 1970
    I am a fan of Rachel Howzell Hall's Elouise Norton series, so when I saw that she had a brand new book coming out I had to request an ARC. I went into THEY ALL FALL DOWN with some expectation of what I was going to get and had to promptly throw them all out the window. This story is made up of characters who are all harboring dark secrets and are coming together with individual ulterior motives. Even our main character Miriam comes in with a murky story that doesn't quite stand up to scrutiny. W I am a fan of Rachel Howzell Hall's Elouise Norton series, so when I saw that she had a brand new book coming out I had to request an ARC. I went into THEY ALL FALL DOWN with some expectation of what I was going to get and had to promptly throw them all out the window. This story is made up of characters who are all harboring dark secrets and are coming together with individual ulterior motives. Even our main character Miriam comes in with a murky story that doesn't quite stand up to scrutiny. With Miriam, truth is subjective and facts have to be explained with her own version of context. There are actually moments when I wasn't sure if what she was saying and believing was real or part of her own 'improved' narrative that she is providing to justify her own actions. There are no straight lines in this story. Every one of the characters puts a spin on who they are and what they have done to end up connected to the central figure that brings them all together on the island. None of the characters are truly likable, but they are complex and interesting. The subtly of each person's flawed character comes out slowly and in ways that leaves them scrambling to explain who they really are. THEY ALL FALL DOWN has twists and turns with sneaky little information bombs that kept me turning the pages and finishing this one quickly. The ending is a completely unexpected jaw dropper and I'm still a little stunned by it. I'm looking forward to what Rachel Howzell Hall gives us next!**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**Where you can find me:•(♥).•*Monlatable Book Reviews*•.(♥)•Twitter: @MonlatReaderInstagram: @readermonicaFacebook: Monica Reeds Goodreads Group: The Black Bookcase
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  • Trisha
    January 1, 1970
    "There is a price to pay. For all of us."This was a fun little mystery. It had similarities to And Then There Were None but it deviates from that plot pretty quickly. It played out just like a horror movie - as each person struggles to understand what's going on. I liked the misleads and the misconceptions. I also liked that I couldn't believe anyone - not even the narrator - as the plot twisted and turned and I wasn't sure what was going on anymore. It was definitely entertaining!
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  • Seluxes
    January 1, 1970
    They All Fall Down is my first Rachel Howzell Hall novel but it will not be the last! What a blast of a good time—I always love a retelling of And Then There Were None and Hall's rendition is a good time. Miriam Macy is an excellent main character, but Hall does not rest on her laurels with Miriam and she gives just as much keen detail to her supporting characters. Even though this was a retelling I was on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what happened next. My only complaint is that the endi They All Fall Down is my first Rachel Howzell Hall novel but it will not be the last! What a blast of a good time—I always love a retelling of And Then There Were None and Hall's rendition is a good time. Miriam Macy is an excellent main character, but Hall does not rest on her laurels with Miriam and she gives just as much keen detail to her supporting characters. Even though this was a retelling I was on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what happened next. My only complaint is that the ending felt rushed, and I would have loved the epilogue to deal with the families or society's reaction to the events. Verdict? Recommended! Practically a perfect mystery.
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  • Elise
    January 1, 1970
    To be fair, this is basically a retread of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, but I liked it a lot even so.
  • Kim Richardson
    January 1, 1970
    I flat out enjoyed this book! Seven strangers brought together on a tropical island under false pretenses, each harboring a secret... What's not to love? Hall has given us a twisty, fun and highly entertaining thriller. Thank you to the publisher, Forge Books, for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amitaf0208
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars!!!!! this was so good and enjoyable. couldn't put it down. this is a homage to And then there were none. totally loved the main character who was hilarious.
  • Kaylie (shihtzus.and.book.reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Going into this, I had impossibly high expectations. And Then There Were None is one of my all time favorite books, so any adaptations I MUST read (and will subsequently hold to absurdly high standards).What worked for me - I don’t want to give anything away, but I enjoyed the twist on the poem from And Then There Were None.What didn’t work for me - I truly hated the narrator. I could understand what the author aimed to do with the clearly flawed character (a person that fit so well into the sto Going into this, I had impossibly high expectations. And Then There Were None is one of my all time favorite books, so any adaptations I MUST read (and will subsequently hold to absurdly high standards).What worked for me - I don’t want to give anything away, but I enjoyed the twist on the poem from And Then There Were None.What didn’t work for me - I truly hated the narrator. I could understand what the author aimed to do with the clearly flawed character (a person that fit so well into the story) I just personally didn’t enjoy hearing her talk. She just annoyed me. Also, it was extremely slow for the first half, and then predictable for the second half. Maybe I feel this way because of my impossibly high standards for the adaptations? Idk. Either way, I feel a little let down.
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  • Anissa
    January 1, 1970
    I love Agatha Christie so this was a must read as soon as I'd heard about it. As this is a modern retelling of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None there's no question how this was going to end and I still couldn't help pulling for narrator Miriam to make it out alive. She was a dedicated fabulist (for reasons never revealed) and a self-saboteur but I wanted her to find redemption and get to see her daughter again. So silly really but well done by the author, coaxing those feelings out of I love Agatha Christie so this was a must read as soon as I'd heard about it. As this is a modern retelling of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None there's no question how this was going to end and I still couldn't help pulling for narrator Miriam to make it out alive. She was a dedicated fabulist (for reasons never revealed) and a self-saboteur but I wanted her to find redemption and get to see her daughter again. So silly really but well done by the author, coaxing those feelings out of me. This was my first read by Howzell Hall and I very much liked her writing style. I laughed out loud. I gasped. I highlighted passages. There were news clippings relating to the individual crimes of each person in the party and I thought those were well done. It gave the un-self-serving version of events the characters were never going to share. There's a lot of scene and mood setting and getting a feel for the seven who make up this morally bankrupt party and it's not until chapter 15 (of 35) that the first murder occurs. I have a peeve about murder mysteries taking a long time to get to the actual murder but as I was already familiar with ATTWN, I was able to mostly overlook it. In book likes, it reminded me of The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware's In a Dark, Dark Wood. The lesson continues to be: Just say no to all the secluded location invites. No matter the offer of money or fame, reconnecting with friends or business networking. And for the love of all that's sane, if you find yourself about to make a crossing on a boat called La Charon to stay at a house named Artemis, do not proceed!
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  • Ariel
    January 1, 1970
    #PopsugarReadingChallenge2019Prompt - A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover: ScarfWhat a wild, fun, tense, frightening, horrible ride with a bunch of people I'm glad I don't know personally. One of my favorite things about RHH's writing, besides her skill at storytelling, is that she creates believable characters. Every one of these characters was complex, and awful, and human. I loved it, even when I wanted to push them all off a cliff.
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  • Nadine Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Modern retread of Christie's And Then There Were None? Sure. Kick-to-the-gut final line in the except? Dang. Now I'm really interested. Kristen Lepionka describes as "terrifyingly good"? Let me at it!
  • Frannie Loving
    January 1, 1970
    Ugh. This book was terrible. It was such a slow and predictable read. I don’t recommend it. Read Agatha Christie’s book And then their were none instead.
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn’t put this one down. I had to know what happened to these characters, none of which were particularly likable. But it was good escape fodder. Thanks to an ARC two days were well entertained.
  • Mae Clair
    January 1, 1970
    If I have an all-time favorite story trope it has to be an eclectic cast of characters in a remote location with individuals being picked off one by one. I think it goes back to my childhood when I was in love with the game Clue and when I first saw Agatha Christie’s book And Then There Were None made into the movie Ten Little Indians. So naturally when I saw the premise for They All Fall Down—mansion in a Mexican paradise where a group of strangers gather only to be picked off one by one—I coul If I have an all-time favorite story trope it has to be an eclectic cast of characters in a remote location with individuals being picked off one by one. I think it goes back to my childhood when I was in love with the game Clue and when I first saw Agatha Christie’s book And Then There Were None made into the movie Ten Little Indians. So naturally when I saw the premise for They All Fall Down—mansion in a Mexican paradise where a group of strangers gather only to be picked off one by one—I couldn’t wait to boot up my Kindle and dive in.Sadly, I almost DNF’d this book. At the 40ish mark I had met all of the characters, but nothing was happening (yawn). Then finally around 46% the book took off with a bang. I was riveted and had high hopes—until it quickly nosedived again. One of the most interesting characters is killed too early, I knew the killer’s identity from the first death, and guessed the reveal at the end. What I will say for the positive is that the author had a great descriptive voice and her MC was unique. There is some highly entertaining banter between several of the characters and the book reads easily. I did stick it out to the end, but none of the characters have any redeeming qualities which made it rough to finish. Loved the premise, but didn’t care for the outcome. 2.5 stars.
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  • Debi Lantzer
    January 1, 1970
    rating 3.5 stars!....and today is the last book in the 2019 Booksparks Winter Reading Challenge.  I'm a bit sad it's over, but I know they are already starting the spring reading challenge so I know this challenge must come to an end.......They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall is about seven strangers brought together on a tropical island under false pretenses, each harboring a secret...... what's not to love in that plot?Miriam’s life is a wreck - her husband has a new girlfriend, her daugh rating 3.5 stars!....and today is the last book in the 2019 Booksparks Winter Reading Challenge.  I'm a bit sad it's over, but I know they are already starting the spring reading challenge so I know this challenge must come to an end.......They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall is about seven strangers brought together on a tropical island under false pretenses, each harboring a secret...... what's not to love in that plot?Miriam’s life is a wreck - her husband has a new girlfriend, her daughter isn't speaking to her, but the police would like to. She receives an invitation participate in a reality show being done on a tropical island and she grabs the moment hoping her luck is improving.  They warn her there will be no cell phones, internet or phone services of any kind and Miriam is certain she can win this competition. When Miriam arrives she realizes that everyone was called there to the island under false pretenses. Several of the guests begin to die as a result of strange accidents -- are they really accidents?  The remaining guests start to get scared and suspicious of each other.  Keep in mind these guests are all stranded on this island without a boat, without cell phones, internet or any phone service and the game shifts to a life or death situation.The plot of They All Fall Down is a guessing game with the big question being who is the killer, and who is dying next.  I loved how the main character was known to lie, had anxiety and doubted whatever she saw.  This book was definitely was a modern remake of Agatha Christie’s crime novel, And Then There Were None.  They All Fall Down is a twisty thriller that was fun and entertaining too. I have received a complimentary copy of this book as part of the BookSparks Winter Reading Challenge 2019 (WRC#2019) in exchange for this post.  A positive review was not required.
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  • Cha
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to like this book since I enjoyed her other books. The premise had so much promise, but the character development left me cold. Not because they weren't likable, (they weren't) but I didn't find the characters believable. Not the way they spoke, not the emails sent, not their behavior-- with the notable exception of Javier who mercifully died early so that we would not have to endure whatever mess he would inevitably become if he had been allowed additional pages. I was hoping fo I really wanted to like this book since I enjoyed her other books. The premise had so much promise, but the character development left me cold. Not because they weren't likable, (they weren't) but I didn't find the characters believable. Not the way they spoke, not the emails sent, not their behavior-- with the notable exception of Javier who mercifully died early so that we would not have to endure whatever mess he would inevitably become if he had been allowed additional pages. I was hoping for far more suspense. Instead I spent much of my time being annoyed by the sucker moves made by these characters that lead to a lack-luster dare I say it, boring ending. I was super disappointed.
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  • Lowrie
    January 1, 1970
    Phenomenal! I love all of the author's work, but this one outshines most of it! The character development is awesome and even the somewhat unbelievable aspects of it are just so well done, you find yourself going along. I loved that it was definitely a take on "And then there were none," but that it certainly held its own in a remarkable way. Don't expect too much homage to Christie, but be ready for a quick/fun read!
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  • Onceinabluemoon
    January 1, 1970
    Basically it's a rewrite of agatha christy that needn't have happened! Totally enjoyed the original, this was a lot of talk, that I didn't care for, with very little action, only finished because of so many good reviews, disappointing....
  • Cari
    January 1, 1970
    So. Freaking. Good. I could not put this one down. Hall takes us from the highest heights of luxury to the deepest depths of humanity's darkness.
  • Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
    January 1, 1970
    THEY ALL FALL DOWN by Rachel Howzell Hall keeps some secrets closely hidden, while others --- like the title --- are out there for everyone to see. And when Miriam Macy sails to a luxurious mansion on Mictlan, an isolated island in Mexico, she keeps her secrets hidden almost to the end. But what about the other six people on the island? And the fact that the pretense for sending her to the island was just that --- a pretense?Miriam and some of the others were lured to Mictlan by someone who knew THEY ALL FALL DOWN by Rachel Howzell Hall keeps some secrets closely hidden, while others --- like the title --- are out there for everyone to see. And when Miriam Macy sails to a luxurious mansion on Mictlan, an isolated island in Mexico, she keeps her secrets hidden almost to the end. But what about the other six people on the island? And the fact that the pretense for sending her to the island was just that --- a pretense?Miriam and some of the others were lured to Mictlan by someone who knew them, who was aware of the deepest darkest secrets each visitor was hiding. In fact, all too quickly, fatal accidents occur while the reader is observing the action through her eyes. Miriam is a fascinating main character. She is easy to dislike. She lies constantly --- to her ex-husband, to her now-estranged daughter, to her lawyer (who has not been returning her calls) and to the police. She even lies to herself.Miriam takes pills to control her anxiety and drinks to calm down. She is jealous of the younger woman at the mansion and greedily wants to collect money to improve her now-reduced lifestyle. But Miriam can also be charming. The first person narrative and the letters she composes to her daughter on her phone, which remain unsent because there is no internet on the island, offer insight into how she changes over the course of the short two-day visit to the beautiful mansion, Artemis. This name choice is interesting. Is it because Artemis is the goddess of chastity and purity, or because Artemis was also a goddess who believed strongly in revenge? It will be up to the reader to decide.The reader travels with Miriam from sunny California to Mexico, and --- thanks to Hall's writing --- becomes immersed in what she is thinking and experiencing. While much of the book is a lovely murder mystery à la Agatha Christie, there are also some beautiful metaphors about the people and the situation and life. Traveling to the cliff atop which the mansion is perched, Miriam says, "I was a child of Southern California, land of fire, earthquakes, and bluffs carved by the Pacific Ocean. I knew cliffs and just how far to go."The ending is strangely satisfying and horrifying at the same time. Does a much-changed Miriam make it back to her family and a new life? Read the book. You won't regret it.Reviewed by Pamela Kramer
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  • Carla Suto
    January 1, 1970
    THEY ALL FALL DOWN by Rachel Howzell Hall is unpredictable and twisty suspense novel that kept me guessing all the way through. Miriam Macy’s life is in a freefall. Her ex-husband has a young girlfriend, her daughter says she hates her and she is being investigated by the police about the bullying death of her daughter’s teen friend. No wonder she readily agrees to a weekend getaway on a remote, private island in Mexico that will have her participating in a reality TV show filming. Once they arr THEY ALL FALL DOWN by Rachel Howzell Hall is unpredictable and twisty suspense novel that kept me guessing all the way through. Miriam Macy’s life is in a freefall. Her ex-husband has a young girlfriend, her daughter says she hates her and she is being investigated by the police about the bullying death of her daughter’s teen friend. No wonder she readily agrees to a weekend getaway on a remote, private island in Mexico that will have her participating in a reality TV show filming. Once they arrive on the island, Miriam and the other six participants find themselves stranded with no phone or internet access as they learn that they have been lured there under false pretenses. Soon strange accidents begin to occur resulting in the deaths of one after another of the guests. Scared and suspicious of each other, the remaining guests must decide who, if anyone, they can trust. Will they ever escape the island? This was an entertaining mystery despite the cast of very unlikable characters and the rather implausible events. Thank you to Forge Books for the chance to read an early copy.
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    This review is based on an uncorrected advance reading copy that I received for free. (Yes, even though the book already came out this past Tuesday.)This is a thriller in which seven people go to an island and then thriller type things start happening. The chapters are interspersed with emails and newspaper clippings that fill in the backstory while the chapters advance the story's present. It was all well executed and I enjoyed reading it. Because of the nature of the book, I don't feel like I This review is based on an uncorrected advance reading copy that I received for free. (Yes, even though the book already came out this past Tuesday.)This is a thriller in which seven people go to an island and then thriller type things start happening. The chapters are interspersed with emails and newspaper clippings that fill in the backstory while the chapters advance the story's present. It was all well executed and I enjoyed reading it. Because of the nature of the book, I don't feel like I can get into any depth about the plot without treading dangerously close to spoilers.I would recommend it to: fans of thrillers, anyone interested in reading a first person narrative from an unlikeable protagonist.
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  • Reading Mama
    January 1, 1970
    [#partner] Thank you to @forgereads for sending me a free copy of They All Fall Down in exchange for a review. REVIEW of They All Fall Down: This story is basically a modern re-telling of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. What I liked about this book: First of all, the author of this book is African-American, so I liked that it was by a WOC. I liked the premise of this story: 7 strangers brought together on a secluded island under false pretenses, and each one of them has a dark secre [#partner] Thank you to @forgereads for sending me a free copy of They All Fall Down in exchange for a review. REVIEW of They All Fall Down: This story is basically a modern re-telling of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. What I liked about this book: First of all, the author of this book is African-American, so I liked that it was by a WOC. I liked the premise of this story: 7 strangers brought together on a secluded island under false pretenses, and each one of them has a dark secret. Awesome! There is a colorful cast of characters; some are likeable, and others are not. The main character, while likeable, has her own issues, which makes the reader question her reliability as a narrator. You'll question who is telling the truth and who isn't. You'll look at all of the characters like they're the killer. The plot is full of twists and turns.🌟🌟🌟/5.
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