Receive Me Falling tells the intertwining stories of Meg, a modern day political worker, and Catherine, the daughter of a plantation owner in 1831, on the island of Nevis. After the death of her parents, Meg travels down to Nevis to investigate some family property on the island she never knew they owned. Her investigations delve into history of the island, her family’s slave owning past, the ghost story which, the book in forms us, every slave story is, and the life of Catherine.
Reading Receive Me Falling is akin to walking through an empty house. The structure of the book (or plot) is present and interesting enough, but there is always something missing. Characters’ actions are relayed in a dry, precise “X did Y”, and emotions and motivations are completely absent. The connections between the historical and modern protagonists are forced and made too often. The ghost story is grossly underutilized and the epilogue is a grafted happy ending on a story that does not benefit from one, and again, feels forced.
The most beautiful/moving part of the book is the cover, a detail from The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise by Benjamin West. In this respect, the book is successful, since the cover was what motivated me to read the book in the first place.
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Alethea is a computer programmer, science fiction/fantasy geek, and amateur movie reviewer.