While her dear father lay dying, Marion's mother informs her that their desperate situation calls for an even more desperate measure. After delving further into the dark history of the family, Marion not only believes the suspicions but begins to unearth secrets of her own: Armed with these disturbing truths, Marion must decide where to turn.
Her final decision is one that echoes with tragedy; a decision that will haunt them all forever.
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Editorial Reviews Review "Hauntingly beautiful. Darling has written a captivating book. I could really not put this book down. I wanted to know how it would end. And it's resolved in me finishing reading this book in one afternoon. What initially inspired you to write this story?
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Honestly, Fallen burgeoned out of two main points of fascination for me: I thought I'd put the two together, and before I knew it the novel was writing itself. I was literally just along for the ride. What authors or books have influenced your writing? I'm an avid lover of history, genealogy, and dramatic gothic fiction. I devoured everything Poe wrote by the time I was Shirley Jackson is also another influence in my writing. One of my favorite authors right now is Kate Morton - she's really setting a new genre that has been lacking for a long time: And I love every bit of it!
What research did you do while writing your book? My research always takes me the strangest places. For instance, I never thought I would have to thoroughly research the way tobacco and cigars are processed and cured. For my new novel, Dreams of Elysium, I find myself devouring every bit of information relating to old Hoodoo rituals. Is there any character you most identify with? It's also difficult to look at Gabriel as anything other than a monumental villain but in my follow up novel, you get to know him on a deeper level and find out why and how he became the way he is.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? There is a lot of hidden symbolism in Fallen. For starters, the title itself is reflective of the Fall of Man or the Fall from Grace. Dreams of Elysium uses a lot of allegory tones as well. But the main thing I'd like my readers to take away is to put down the book satisfied they've had a good read and to have taken something away from it. Have you always wanted to be an author? I always dreamed of having a huge office and every morning I sit down at my desk and do nothing but get lost in make believe worlds for hours on end.
And get paid for it! At this time it's not yet an option for me. And I'm frankly enjoying writing more as a hobby than a job. But to answer the question, yes; I've always wanted to be an author. What's it like to have a book published for the first time? It's one thing to have your "baby" all to yourself. But to know that you've given everyone access to the annals of your own mind incarnate on paper: I'm sure with the second book I'll still tremble as much as I did when my first was released.
It's a vulnerable and yet exhilarating experience. What's next for you? I'm currently wrapping up the follow up book to Fallen. It's a prequel entitled Dreams of Elysium. After that, I'm going to get started on the third novel in the saga.
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Still mulling over a few titles but I have the general theme for that novel already mapped out in my head. After that, I have a novella entitled The Ridge that I feel should be part of a compilation. Perhaps I'll write a few short stories or another novella to accompany it. The sky's the limit! See all Editorial Reviews. Product details File Size: February 20, Sold by: Share your thoughts with other customers.
Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention twists and turns page turner fallen marion kept suspense thorne angela mystery dreams ends happen leaves throughout. Showing of 18 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. It took me a short while to get drawn into this book but that has more to do with my own wonky attention span than the writing. As soon as the character of the little girl was introduced, the book came alive for me and it kept me going until the end.
For me, a good story is one where you can clearly "see" the characters and you are pulled into their lives so that you are no longer reading a book, you're there in the novel living it with them. I did want to mention that I saw a reviewer say that this was a Christian novel but I didn't get that from it at all.
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There was exactly the amount of prayer etc that you would expect from that era and I did not think that it was excessive at all. It's a bit silly to tell others not to read this good book just because you yourself are sensitive to religion in novels. There was not enough of it in there for me to even notice so if you're not easily offended by it, I doubt you will either. I'm not the sort of person who worries about "historical inaccuracies" either. I just enjoy a good tale that I can lose myself in and that is exactly what you will get with Fallen if that's what you like to get from the books you read too.
I read to relax and to be entertained, not to cause myself more stress by picking apart an author's hard work. Where there should be warmth, it was easily expressed as well as the contrasting coldness of the mansion. This book was full of mystery and problem solving which I happily ate up! Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again.
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Preview — Dreams of Elysium by Angela Darling. What happened the day that Renate Thorne died? What is the story behind the brooch? In the follow-up novel to Fallen, Dreams of Elysium will answer the questions left unanswered. The year is and Gabriel Thorne is a year old boy. One day while playing in the attic with his brother Theo, he stumbles upon an old journal written by an uncle he never knew, chronicling one of the most mysterious families in Virginia; his family, the Thornes. After his mother's suspicious suicide, he is eager to uncover all he can. What he discovers is a truth so twisting that it begins to unravel everything he ever believed.
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