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They All Fall Down

2.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,605 ratings  ·  467 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
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Published April 9th 2019 by Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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May 15, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
**DNF @ 20%**

That's it. I am pulling the plug. Life is too short to read books you aren't enjoying.

Silver lining: I am glad I gave this one a shot. I never would have known otherwise, but yeah, this does not work for me.

I don't know what's happening and I don't care. Goodbye.


This giving me heavy And Then There Were None vibes...

I'll bite.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
La Tonya  Jordan
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-read
This is a riveting story of how far one will go to right the wrongs in society. A.Nanci has invited seven people to a private island in Mexico, for the weekend, under the disguise of a gift giveaway of large sums of money. After it is revealed this actually is a memorial service for their lawyer Phillip Omeke, the true characters of his clients are unraveled. Also, his will may have left them with more money than the advertised competition. One by one their crimes are told by newspaper excerpts ...more
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 ...more
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
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting Sooooo much more but it didn’t happen.

Mediocre tale of 7 Americans with a questionable legal past travel to Mexico under a false guise of being in a contest/live entertainment for an ultimate prize.

Each has secrets and their lawyer who had died earlier, had hand picked this particular bunch of people for his own selfish reasons/retaliation. He secured the location and people and worked out the background and details of this little post Morten scheme to play out according to his
Unfortunately, this one went from bad to worse for me. I highly recommend AGAINST the audio version.

I randomly picked this one up at the library when I was needing something new to listen to in the car and on hold for some other choices. I love a good mystery and this had some mystery. I definitely wouldn't call it a thriller since I didn't feel thrilled at any time while reading it.

I don't want to book bash or be too harsh. Suffice to say the narrator was a poor choice, and the story just did
Amanda Hupe
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
I bought this book after I met Rachel Howzell Hall at the Festival of Books in LA last year. I absolutely loved listening to her talk about her writing process with the other authors at the panel. They All Fall Down has been sitting on my shelf since then and I was finally able to pick it up. Miriam Macy is trying to turn her life around. Her family is her life, yet they are at odds with each other. Things start looking up when she is invited to a tropical paradise game-show. She is there with s ...more

*Miriam. I really liked how Miriam seemed like an okay person who just did a few wrong things. But by the end of the book, I despised her and half wished that she would pay for her crimes, while I also half wished that she could get a second chance to learn from her mistake. She’s also a very unreliable narrator which made it hard to discern whether she was telling the truth, or she was sugar-coating or lying about whatever she said.

*Plot and Setting. The plot was okay. Slow at the start, bu
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
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
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
They All Fall Down was published in 2019. It is an obvious updated version of Agatha Christie's, Then There Were None. It is a well-written story that has many good points.
My main problem with the book is how terrible the characters were, I found it very hard to care that they were being killed. I know that in Agatha Christie original story, the characters were not good people, but I believe what made her story great was that delayed in showing who these people were for a while, she allowed us
2.5 stars-- I think there are elements of this book that are successful, but I don't think they come together well for a whodunnit mystery. While the POV character was interesting & I think could have worked well as one of our POVs, the fact that the entire book is through her eyes impacted my experience of the story in a pretty negative way. I also think that in terms of pacing, it takes far too long to get to the murdering ...more
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
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
Ludwig Reads
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Michael David
While this Agatha Christie homage kept me entertained, it was definitely a bit of a letdown. Nasty characters, odd writing, and dark humor that didn't fit. It is by no means a bad book, but a bit disappointing given the synopsis. ...more
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!
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This book was all over the a good way, though. One of the cover reviews described the writing as “compulsive,” and I completely agree. It felt very stream of consciousness à la Terry McMillan, and it kept me engaged. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters who ended up on the island, and I suppose that’s the point. You aren’t even really rooting for Miriam, the MC. Everyone who ended up on the island is somehow a murderer, and I enjoyed finding out how.

The trope of “stranger
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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!
Kim Richardson
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Laura Peden
Woof...this was bad
Melanie  Brinkman
Who knew a nightmare could look like paradise?

Miriam Macy's delighted to receive a surprise invitation to participate on an island game show, especially as it gives her a reason to get away from home. But now, surrounded by the Cortez Sea, she and her fellow contestants are shocked to find that they've been brought to the remote mansion under false pretenses. Soon, it's not long before they all start dying, one by one. Danger lurks behind every door and in every heart. Can Miriam escape? Or is s
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
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
2.5 stars
This book had so much potential, it just didn't live up to it. To start off, comparing something to And Then There Were None is setting the book up for failure, because that is such a tightly plotted, brilliant book and this one just pales in comparison.
I kept expecting a great twist, which is actually why I kept reading, but in the end it just was a straightforward book about revenge upon terrible people. I wanted there to be at least one character worthy of redemption, or barring tha
They all fall down on a secluded Mexican island. I found utterly nothing compelling about this reimagining of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Now that is a novel that rocked my adolescent world. I found this novel full of dreary, unlikable people flummoxing around in an improbable plot - people tricked into going to this Island then discovering it was at the behest of their deceased lawyer who didn’t love them as much as they thought. And that’s when they all begin to fall down! Sadl ...more
This was just medium ok for me.
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Kudos to Hall for writing a novel I couldn't put down and keeping me guessing the whole way. Yes, the main character is an emotional mess, but that's kind of the point. Every one on the island has issues; that's why they're there. But I'm one of those readers who doesn't have to necessarily "like" a character as long as I can empathize with them and find them compelling, and I very much did with Miriam. Loved her sense of humor too. Despite everything stacked against her, she's a fighter and a h ...more
Michael Martz
May 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is an awful book. I've followed Rachel Howzell Hall's career since the beginning and had read all 4 of her previous novels, noting her growth with each, but this is an incredible step backwards. A laughably transparent plot, less than even pedestrian prose, terrible dialogue..... don't say I didn't warn you!

And once again, take the admiring quotes on the back of the cover from other authors with a giant grain of salt.
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. ...more
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RACHEL HOWZELL HALL, author of the bestseller and Anthony Award-, Lefty Award- and ITW-award nominated They All Fall Down (Forge), writes the acclaimed Lou Norton series, including Land of Shadows, Skies of Ash, Trail of Echoes, and City of Saviors. She is also the co-author of The Good Sister with James Patterson, which was included in the New York Times bestseller The Family Lawyer. She is curre ...more

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