My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
Madeline Usher is the favorite of the house… and in her family that’s not a good thing. Generations of Ushers have passed through those halls, cursed, demented, and eventually lost entirely to its will. Madeline has seen it happen, watched both her parents fall under the curse, and she’s determined not to let the same fate strike down herself and her brother.
But fate is against her, and the very walls of the house. Her father tried to take her away when she was a child, but the house would not allow it. Her inexplicable sickness – the Usher curse – daily drains her vitality as she tries to escape the inevitable. The arrival of a new doctor – young, attractive, and unhealthily obsessed with the Usher woes – puts a new barrier in her path of escape.
Madeline knows she must bring the house down in order to maintain her sanity. Through small acts – like planting ivy close to the house so that green fingers can do their work – to larger ones meant to destroy on a grand scale, Madeline fights for her life and mental stability in this Poe re-imagining.