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They All Fall Down

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  50 reviews
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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Forge
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Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked 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
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jamie Canaves
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
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
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
Monica **can't read fast enough**
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 ...more
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
Damnit this was fun. Give me more Thriller/suspense books with funny protagonists written by WOC.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of secluded kill off mysteries
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 ...more
Kaylie (
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
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What 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.
Nadine Jones
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!
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
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.
Kim Richardson
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
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.
Mae Clair
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Debi Lantzer
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Carla Suto
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Reading Mama
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
[#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 ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fun read

This was an alright book but not in the way you think. Not only are the characters highly irrational but they are also unlikable , including the main character. There are plot holes galore and the ending was very underwhelming. So, why two stars? Being aware that the author wasn't taking this too seriously, I found some of the banter funny and as implausible as this mystery was, I found myself interested enough to see how it ended. Don't expect anything mind blowing or new here. But if y
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Casey Frank
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like an audiobook mystery that keeps me pondering things even when I'm not listening and I found myself wondering about Miriam, questioning how reliable a narrator she was and how everyone would meet their end.

As a retelling of And Then There Were None you have to expect a high body count and a theme of just deserts but it was different enough to be interested in who was doing what and why. I liked the specific what that news articles were included in the book and the larger context they prov
In the Year of our Lord 2019 it was nice to read a book about gross people getting their just desserts. Also, once the bodies start dropping I could not tear myself away. The pacing, the tension, it was beautifully done.

The problem is that every single character in this book is gross. There's nobody here remotely likeable - which hey, not necessarily a problem but we also don't get a suitable anti-hero either. Literally, I hated EVERYONE in this book. And good pacing, thrilling suspense - it's j
Kaleena Zagrzebski
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
Thank you to BookSparks for the free copy! I read They All Fall Down as part of the Winter Reading Challenge with Booksparks. Six people are invited to spend time on a luxurious private island under false pretenses. When they arrive, and things don’t quite add up, they find out the real reason they have all been invited to spend a few days on this beautiful island. Things quickly become less luxurious as strange accidents begin to happen, and the trust among the six vacationers starts to dwindle ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I normally like this author, but this book didn't work for me and a big part of it was Miriam. I didn't like how nothing was her fault, she saw herself as the perpetual victim, yet had a real hand what happened to her. At every turn when Miriam thought about things in the past it was all poor me. I got to the point that I didn't care. I thought things might changed when the big change in the trip was revealed, but it was more of the same and I just couldn't keep listening to Miriam any more. Thi ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I enjoyed And Then There Were None, so was excited to try out this take on that story. The premise is great, and I wanted to love it. But for some reason, the writing itself just got to me. I couldn't connect with it and it felt forced at times. I found myself putting the book down because of the writing but picking it back up because the overall story was great. Very mixed feelings on it, but it may just be that this authors writing style is not for me. If you liked And Then There Were None, I ...more
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RACHEL HOWZELL HALL is the author of seven novels, including the critically-acclaimed Detective Elouise Norton series. The third novel in the series, Trail of Echoes, was published this past May and received a coveted Kirkus Star and was one of Kirkus Reviews 'Books That Kept Us Up All Night.' Land of Shadows and Skies of Ash (Forge) were included on the Los Angeles Times’ “Books to Read This Summ ...more