31 March 2021

They All Fall Down - Book Review


They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall
Publication date: April 9, 2019
Pages: 320 pages
Genre: Thriller
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ☆☆☆
Strengths: Intricate plot, karmic retribution
Weaknesses: Loose ends, easy to confuse characters

This was inspired by Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, which I have not read. But now I kind of wish I had. Interestingly, the reviews of the original also sound like it was kind of confusing with many characters dying off to quickly to keep track.

I read this one with my Yelp book club. Since everything possible has switched to zoom, I was able to join a second book club in Rochester, New York. Heck, even my local book club has only met a couple times in person during the last year. Thank goodness for zoom!

Our narrator is Miriam, who has been invited to go to a secluded island and participate in a reality tv show for a potentially huge cash prize. After getting divorced, sued, and losing her job, she really can't say no. On her way to the island she spots a few other of the probable contestants, and is feeling good about her chances of winning.

If only it were all that easy. In reality, Miriam and six others have been lured to the island due to their relationship with their attorney. They were given different reasons, to ensure they all showed up to participate in the reading of his will and a memorial service. But once they're all there, the true reasons he invited them start coming out. Everyone has secrets. Their histories and secrets are why they were brought to the island, but it isn't for a prize. The seven deadly sins were never meant to be rewarded.

I'd give this book 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for friends who enjoy thrillers. The overall story was interesting, but left a lot of loose ends. I enjoyed the especially short chapters that made it a fun weekend read for me.

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