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After Alice Fell
After Alice Fell: A Novel | Kim Taylor Blakemore
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I'm super behind on reviews/book challenge posts and I'm never going to catch up, so I'm only posting something that can count for #booked2021, which I miiiiiiiiight be able to pull off.

This is a historical thriller and it's heavy on the historical, almost to the point of slowness, but I loved all the details of post-Civil War domestic life.

#covidheroes @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

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megnews
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Join in when you can. Anything else to discuss that wasn‘t in the questions?
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megnews I really loved this book. It‘s been a couple weeks since I finished and i still recall things in detail so I know it had an impact. 3mo
sblbooks Thanks for hosting! It was a good pick for this time of year. 3mo
Chrissyreadit I liked this book- it was dark and gothic and interesting at the same time. 3mo
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megnews I thought the dr and hospital were hiding something they were at fault for. So i was very satisfied with the twist especially because I didn‘t see it coming for awhile. I do worry for Toby the effect all this will have in his life. 3mo
sblbooks @megnews yes, I definitely liked the twist and the end and the somewhat happy ending. 3mo
Chrissyreadit I‘m not sure other than I worried about how she would be self sufficient and start over and hoped she was able to sell the house. 3mo
Butterfinger I'm glad Kathy got her comeuppance. 3mo
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#overbookedclub Bonus question

megnews It definitely felt like a nod to the story. Yellow is jarring & taunting amid such darkness. Many of the scenes that mention wallpaper had a feeling of being closed in, as Gilman‘s character and Alice were. The yellow wallpaper together is like the forced fake cheeriness denying the circumstances in both stories. I can‘t wait to hear other‘s thoughts on this!! (edited) 3mo
Chrissyreadit Honestly, I did not notice- but now how interesting that peeling under the wallpaper helper her escape! 3mo
megnews @Chrissyreadit after the third mention of wallpaper and fifth or so of yellow I was like “wait a second!” Great point about the peeling too. How had I not realized it? 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Butterfinger I forgot about the peeling - when Marion was locked up, right? I didn't know about the short story before I read Alice, but I did notice the number of times Marion alluded to the Kathy's need to change the house - I think she was OCD borderline schizophrenia. She had to have everything just so. 3mo
megnews @Butterfinger yes. At first I thought it was because she wanted it to be her own and couldn‘t stand to think of it as his first wife‘s. But your comment makes me think when she probably feels out of control and can‘t control things the way she likes, she has to control her environment. Also if those walls could talk they‘d condemn her. I wouldn‘t doubt a lot of paranoia. 3mo
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megnews Absolutely agree. When we can‘t bear the guilt, the corrosion can be shutting down like Lionel. For others, low self esteem, depression, anxiety. I think guilt is a lack of forgiving ourselves. So I think we need to try to make things right the best we can and forgive ourselves. Move on. Easier said than done at times. 3mo
sblbooks @megnews well said 3mo
Chrissyreadit Yes!!! 3mo
Butterfinger Yes - forgive ourselves. 3mo
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megnews Not an emotion but sociopath seems to fit Cathy. Marion, guilt and possibly anger. Lionel, apathy. Toby sometimes seemed older and sometimes younger. Maybe trauma of losing his mom or because of cathy‘s unstable treatment. Is he autistic possibly? 3mo
sblbooks Cathy: no emotion definitely a sociopath. Lionel: narcissistic Marion: guilt Toby didn't seem artistic to me, more like traumatized. 3mo
Chrissyreadit I think they were all struggling with trauma and Lionel and Cathy were both sociopathic. 3mo
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megnews This goes way beyond “happy wife, happy life” right? Once he‘s in, he‘s culpable too so I see him continuing to go along with it. But I can‘t understand why he did from the beginning. Looking forward to other‘s insights on this one. 3mo
sblbooks @megnews I don't know how much inside I have. My one thought is he's narcissistic. 3mo
Chrissyreadit I really think to ease his own guilt. He had to make her “right” so he would go along with it. 3mo
Butterfinger Maybe for appearances again. He didn't want the affair and the blackmail publicized. It was all very strange. 3mo
megnews @sblbooks @Chrissyreadit @Butterfinger I think he just had a weak character to be bullied into going along with it all. On another question someone mentioned sociopathic. I didn‘t get that so much as just weak. And yes @Butterfinger definitely the issue of appearance again. 3mo
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megnews Before I knew what was going on, I could not for the life of me understand why the brother and sister-in-law wanted to sweep it under the rug when the dr seemed shady. I worried not letting it go was going to impact Marion‘s safety. I think she‘s lucky it worked out. 3mo
sblbooks Yes, I think she should have ask questions. I know I would have. I knew something was up with that sister-in-law from the start 3mo
megnews @sblbooks I thought the sister-in-law was a very odd duck and once she was treating Toby poorly I didn‘t like her at all but I didn‘t think it was that sinister. I was so worried for Alice because everything had to go just perfectly with her plan or they‘d have locked her up and killed her too. 3mo
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Chrissyreadit @megnews @sblbooks I think I just related it to the families I knew who liked to “hide” the members with special needs. This was so common in the group homes I worked in. One girl was a “secret” because her wealthy family was embarrassed. I worked with individuals left at Willowbrook and subjected to horrors because no one visited or checked on them- so this seemed like “leave well enough alone” 3mo
sblbooks @Chrissyreadit just curious how long did you work at this place? 3mo
Chrissyreadit I worked for A children‘s group home in Long Island for 2 years, then went to YAI for 2 years- both were residential. 1 year at YAI was with dual diagnosed, the second year was in a special program in Manhattan including Willowbrook Case Clients. This was in the 90‘s I was an “Assistant Psychologist” focusing on goals and skill development. 3mo
Butterfinger @Chrissyreadit how heartbreaking. And what strength you have. Even if it was stemmed from guilt, you could infer the love Marion had for her sister. The memories. But nothing was mentioned that Alice's muteness came from seeing Marion kill their mother. That was another issue that could have been explored - mercy killing. 3mo
megnews @Butterfinger I didn‘t think of it at the time, but you‘re right. It could have gone in depth a little more on that front. 3mo
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megnews The questions came from the book and this one is culturally biased. I think there are still groups of people who “take care of their own.” For those who don‘t, I think in some ways it‘s worse because of lack of connection and safety net. 3mo
sblbooks @megnews I think it's a change for the worse. Just an example of a breakdown of family. I understand it's hard because we had to take care of my grandmother and great-aunt. It so sad when elderly are just dumped in a nursing home and I don't care for or even visited by loved ones for years I feel bad that my mom will probably have no one to take care of her because I can't do it. I told her we could be roommates in the nursing home together. 3mo
Chrissyreadit I just discussed this with my mom- I have more of a tribal mindset vs individualism. If I won the lottery I would by a place with a compound of houses and just pay a couple cooks for communal eating and cleaners. 3mo
Butterfinger My family is definitely a "take care of our own." 3mo
megnews @Chrissyreadit your plan sounds grand! 3mo
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megnews Oh my goodness, yes!! My mom was all about appearances. We could all be arguing in the car on the way to Sunday dinner after church and when we walked into Gran & Pop‘s everyone better put a smile on their face. That‘s one small example. I think even more so now with social media. People can curate their lives, editing out the sad or mundane so we all look like perfect parents with perfect kids etc. It‘s large scale gaslighting with an awful price 3mo
sblbooks @megnews yes, more than ever. I agree with everything you said. 3mo
Chrissyreadit Absolutely agree with both of you! @megnews @sblbooks 3mo
Butterfinger You are absolutely right. It is gaslighting. 3mo
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megnews Taking care of someone with a chronic illness can be tough depending on the circumstances. Because of this, I think everyone should be helpful. I suppose we deal with it differently now because for the most part, people aren‘t locked away in asylums until they die. But most families aren‘t doing much better filling that role considering the number of mentally ill that are homeless. (edited) 3mo
sblbooks @megnews I agree with you. Ideally care wouldn't be left to just one person. Unfortunately, most the time that's what happens. We have more resources today then they used to have, but still not enough. 3mo
Chrissyreadit @megnews @sblbooks unfortunately the last 30 years has decimated care with mental health and supports families need. I have had to deal with this first hand and even with all my resources it almost broke me. I think it is too much for one person to do sometimes. 3mo
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sblbooks @Chrissyreadit One of my co-workers used to be office manager for a mental health facility. Unfortunately, they lost funding and had to shut the place down completely. She was in a rural community, and the patients had to travel to another County for help. This was more than 10 years ago, and it's only getting worse from what I hear. 3mo
Chrissyreadit @sblbooks it‘s actually impossible to get someone into a residential facility now, and respite care is almost non existent! 3mo
megnews @sblbooks @Chrissyreadit it‘s aggravating when you know our tax dollars go to some pretty ridiculous things and not the care that would improve quality of life for so many. 3mo
Chrissyreadit @megnews @sblbooks yes- I really struggle that we actually do not show that we value people at all! (Unless they make a lot of money) I feel like support for special needs, mental health, illness and elderly should be excellent and automatic. 3mo
Butterfinger I learned more from the conversation than from the book. I assumed it was better now. 3mo
megnews @Butterfinger that‘s one reason I love buddy reads. Never know what you‘ll learn or how your perspective may be changed. 3mo
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megnews I think there are good reasons for guilt at times. You cheat on your spouse, etc, feel guilty. It‘s not using the emotion to lead you to making some necessary change instead of ruminating on it that is not healthy. 3mo
sblbooks It was hard on Marion to be Alice's full-time caregiver, so I don't blame her for wanting a break and to do something for herself. She had no way to know what was going to happen. @megnews I agree with you guilt is a good thing when it causes you to repent of something you've done wrong. If you have no guilt you have a seared conscience and that's really bad. 3mo
Chrissyreadit @megnews @sblbooks yes- guilt has a function to let us know if we have done something wrong, to let others know we have a conscious and to urge us to rectify a situation when we can. Unfortunately it is also weaponized at times- and I feel disproportionately towards women. 3mo
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megnews @sblbooks I agree. Even if one person is the primary caregiver they need breaks whether that‘s family or respite. 3mo
Butterfinger I feel that there are some people who feel guilt a little too much. Especially mothers or caretakers. She already felt that she abandoned Alice, but when her brother throws it in her face, it is verified. And the only thing that can give relief is to find out what happened. I totally get that. 3mo
megnews @Butterfinger yes, moms can be tough on ourselves. When I see a mom struggling with a child in public, I try to make a point of saying “oh I remember those days” so they‘re reassured it‘s normal and we all struggle. I would have wanted to know what happened too. I just worried how it would turn out for her. 3mo
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This book is beautifully written.I just could not finish it. The content was just too much for me to take in right now.Reflecting on why,I realized that working with HS students during a pandemic,post remote learning,has my heart wide open for my anxiety ridden, emotional students.Students have Covid,their families sick,face quarantine,even in CT where are rates are minuscule. It‘s a topsy turvy world where we live with the unexpected daily.🔽

kspenmoll 🔼My heart must be for my students friends,family.So I must escape into reading- anything easy, that asks little of my heart. (edited) 3mo
megnews I can empathize. This one didn‘t impact me like that. But Hour of the Witch (just finished on audio sure did). I probably should have stopped listening. 3mo
Crazeedi I can understand how you feel, I really dont want more heart ache books right now either, too much heart issues to add another one! 3mo
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#overbookedclub October read- a perfect gothic choice. It was atmospheric and sad and with a narrator who did not give up but was also flawed and hurting. @TheAromaofBooks your birthday readathon was a perfect way to enjoy today.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Thank you for reading with me!!! 3mo
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Chrissyreadit I‘ve read it 👏 3mo
TheBookHippie Required reading ⭐️ 3mo
kspenmoll I have read it too. 3mo
Butterfinger I'm on the search. 3mo
sblbooks I have finished my assigned reading. I was able to find it on the OverDrive app. 3mo
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megnews
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All the stars! LOVED it!

#OverBookedClub discussion Sat Oct 30.

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Began this tonight. Haunting.Sad. #overbookedclub @megnews @sblbooks

megnews I have about 6 more chapters but can‘t hold my eyes open. Can‘t wait to finish in the morning. Yes haunting. Great writing. 3mo
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A Gothic family tale appropriate for the season. Sometimes, I found it a bit slow. I like action to tell the story, but the buildup and ending was very satisfying. #OverbookedClub @megnews @sblbooks

Roary47 Wooo hooo! Your reading game is on! 💛😊 4mo
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Don‘t forget to grab your book for October‘s #OverBookedClub discussion Saturday October 30. All welcome!

sblbooks I've got it on audiobook. I'm ready to go! 4mo
catebutler Queued up and ready to read in October. 🍂 4mo
Chrissyreadit I have it. 4mo
kspenmoll Joining in this month! 4mo
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Don‘t forget to grab #OverBookedClub‘s October selection. Let me know if you plan to read along in the comments below. All welcome!

Chrissyreadit I definitely want to read this and plan on trying to with group. 4mo
TheBookHippie Ooo! I‘m in. 4mo
sblbooks Yes😉 4mo
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kspenmoll I am in 4mo
catebutler Can‘t wait!! 4mo
Roary47 Sorry I can only do one this month. 💛 4mo
megnews @Roary47 no problem. Glad you can join for at least one. Always enjoy reading with you. 4mo
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After Alice Fell is October‘s #OverBookedClub read. All welcome!

Roary47 I‘m struggling with finding time to read with work so I‘m going to pass for September. I‘m going to still try for October right now. Please keep tagging me. 💛 5mo
megnews @Roary47 will do! 5mo
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I'm really enjoying this historical mystery but if I want to stay awake at all I need to switch to something less dense. Relationship fiction to the rescue! #readathon @DeweysReadathon

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In this First Reads pick, a body couldn‘t have been found in a more intriguing setting—a creepy asylum with sinister secrets hiding behind its tightly locked doors. Or, at least, Marion believes they are hiding something when she goes to collect her recently deceased sister, Alice. They say she jumped. Marion thinks she was pushed. And she‘s not going to stop digging until she uncovers the truth behind Alice‘s fall.

JazzFeathers Oh, wow!!!! 12mo
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This month‘s Amazon First Reads pick was easy.

readingjedi I haven't been able to pick yet because, for the first time, they ALL sound really good! 12mo
mdm139 This one does look good 12mo
MsMelissa I picked the same one, although there was a thriller I was also interested in. 12mo
GingerAntics Oh, this sounds good. 12mo
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