Publisher: Delacorte Press
Format: Hardcover / eBook
Released: October 14th, 2014
Every year, the lives of ten girls at Vienna High are transformed. All because of the list. Kenzie Summerall can’t imagine how she’s been voted onto a list of the hottest girls in school, but when she lands at number five, her average life becomes dazzling. Doors open to the best parties, new friends surround her, the cutest jock in school is after her. This is the power of the list. If you’re on it, your life changes. If you’re on it this year? Your life ends.
They All Fall Down is billed as Pretty Little Liars meets Final Destination and, while it does have echoes of both, it turned out to be very different than I thought it would be. I expected it to be as fast and as murderous as the first Final Destination film, but instead it's more of a centuries-old mystery being unravelled in the wake of a slew of unexplained murders. So not a bad thing by any means, just a surprise!
Every year at Vienna High, a list is published featuring the ten hottest girls. Over the years quite a few of the list girls have died accidental deaths, which is what happens this time when Kenzie Summerall finds herself on the list at number five. She has no idea how or why it happens, but she's on it and suddenly she's fielding unwanted attention and a sense of unease. Then the other girls on the list start showing up dead, and she knows something is very, very wrong.
On occasion this book got a bit slow, but I've forgiven it because the ending is pretty great. Everything comes together and it's not at all what I was imagining. In fact, the whole book took an unusual turn in what I thought would be a straightforward teen horror story, so kudos to Roxanne St. Claire for surprising me. I just wish I'd liked the characters a bit more, but sadly I never really got friendly with Kenzie. I found her too detached and hard to reach, though she did get better as the book went on.
I love the idea of They All Fall Down and did enjoy it, but I was disappointed it wasn't quite what I thought it would be. It's still a good read that I'd recommend to anyone wanting something a bit different, especially on a day like today where horror and gore are the order of the day. I'm certainly interested to read more by this author so I'll get on that as soon as possible. I'm intrigued!