April 09, 2021

#BookReview: After Alice Fell by Kim Taylor Blakemore

Synopsis: Until she discovers the truth of her sister’s death, no one will rest in peace.

New Hampshire, 1865. Marion Abbott is summoned to Brawders House asylum to collect the body of her sister, Alice. She’d been found dead after falling four stories from a steep-pitched roof. Officially: an accident. Confidentially: suicide. But Marion believes a third option: murder.

Returning to her family home to stay with her brother and his second wife, the recently widowed Marion is expected to quiet her feelings of guilt and grief—to let go of the dead and embrace the living. But that’s not easy in this house full of haunting memories.

Just when the search for the truth seems hopeless, a stranger approaches Marion with chilling words: I saw her fall.

Now Marion is more determined than ever to find out what happened that night at Brawders, and why. With no one she can trust, Marion may risk her own life to uncover the secrets buried with Alice in the family plot.


Rating: 💫💫
My Review: 
I was sadly disappointed with this one. I ended up DNFing the book at chapter 8. I was expecting a historical thriller but ended up with a slow, rather boring story. It is set in the Civil War Era and is about our main character, Marion, who is investigating the death of her sister, Alice, which may be either suicide or murder. So far the only action I've seen is Marion wandering about the old family home feeling guilty she wasn't there for Alice in the end. I just couldn't manage to make myself finish the book as it doesn't seem to have much potential at this point.


“Kim Taylor Blakemore hits her stride in this well-plotted page turner of a novel. The prose shines with her unique lyrical voice. Cannot recommend highly enough!” —Terry Lynn Thomas, USA Todaybestselling author of The Silent WomanThe Family Secret, and House of Lies

After Alice Fell is an enthralling, haunting, and harrowing gothic mystery that sweeps the reader into a post–Civil War New England that consists of broken families and even more broken minds. Easily one of my favorite books of the year, this story stayed with me long after I’d read the last page. I absolutely loved it!” —Emily Carpenter, bestselling author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls and Reviving the Hawthorn Sisters

“Blakemore pulls you deep into the mind of a woman haunted by a harrowing past and the fallen ghost of her sister. Family secrets, terrible regrets, and hints of murder lurk around every dark corner of this well-drawn, Civil War-torn world. As the mystery of Alice’s death slowly unravels, you simply cannot look away!” —D. M. Pulley, author of The Dead Key and No One’s Home

“Superbly crafted, Kim Taylor Blakemore’s After Alice Fell is an enthralling story of absolving guilt and seeking the truth. It’s a captivating historical thriller that kept me turning the pages way into the night.” —Alan Hlad, internationally bestselling author of The Long Flight Home

“Taut, tense, and terrifying, After Alice Fell is a harrowing novel that will make skin crawl and hearts break. Blakemore’s latest is a sophisticated, meticulously woven historical suspense of loyalty, loss, and deception. With a nod to Shirley Jackson’s claustrophobic settings and intricately drawn characters, Blakemore has created a haunting thriller that will pierce the security of her readers.” —Amber Cowie, author of Loss Lake

About the Author

Kim Taylor Blakemore is the author of The Companion and the YA historical novels Bowery Girl and Cissy Funk, winner of the WILLA Literary Award. She is also the recipient of a Tucson Festival of Books Literary Award and three Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) grants. Outside of writing historical fiction featuring fierce and dangerous women, Kim is a novel coach with her company, Novelitics; a history nerd; and a gothic novel lover. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon, and loves the rain. Truly. For more information visit www.kimtaylorblakemore.com.

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