After Alice Fell by Kim Taylor Blakemore
Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: March 1st 2021 by Lake Union Publishing
About the Book:
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.
This book is haunting, dark and heartbreaking. The suspense keeps you glued to the pages and the original story idea, unexpected turns, rounded characters (Ms. Blakemore develops characters so well) and atmosphere make for a wonderful reading experience. This is an excellent, well crafted story with some sinister undertones, the author's attention to detail is very much intrinsic to her writing. And oh my gosh, that second to last chapter was the best! Another brilliant Gothic novel by Kim Taylor Blakemore.
I read this in one day, staying up until 3 AM to finish it. I thoroughly recommend this book and the author's writing style...I look forward to more books by her...they are absolutely wonderful!
A very special thank you to the very talented Kim Taylor Blakemore for reaching out to me and giving me the honour and opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.