Today I have a review of The Furies available from St. Martin’s Press on October 8, 2019. A big thank you to SMP for my copy!
A sixteen-year-old-girl is found dead in a swing at her boarding school. It’s 1998. No one knows how she died. Rumors light up and spread like wildfire.
Well, actually, a few know what happened, but they aren’t talking. One student is particularly distraught.
Violet is a new student at the boarding school, Elm Hollow Academy, just one year earlier. Violet needs a new start, and this will be it; leaving her past behind. Like any other teen, she desperately wants to fit in though she’s a bit awkward. Brilliant but eccentric at times.
Violet is invited to a study group led by her art teacher, Annabel. Alex, Grace, and Robin are also in the group, and they are studying the history of the school. It’s rather dark. The school founder was interested in the occult, and the witch trials played a part.
A former member of the group has disappeared, and she looks much like Violet. While her friends take part in more and more darkness, Violet doesn’t know what to do. She’s not sure how far this will go and will it go up in flames?
I loved the art and mythology. This was such a unique read. I love the female slant here. It was clever and edgy. The Furies is a well-written engaging story about toxic friends with a dark backdrop of witches, spells, murder, and magic. I found it engrossing and thought-churning. Katie Lowe definitely kept me on my toes! Highly recommended for fans of darkly themed young adult novels!
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:
This page-turning, harrowing debut is the story of a girl trying to fit in, whose obsessive new friends and desperation to belong leads her to places she’d never imagined…dark, dangerous, and possibly even violent.
In 1998, a sixteen-year-old girl is found dead.
She’s posed on a swing on her boarding school’s property, dressed all in white, with no known cause of death. Whispers and rumors swirl, with no answers. But there are a few who know what happened; there is one girl who will never forget.
One year earlier: a new student, Violet, steps on the campus of Elm Hollow Academy, an all-girl’s boarding school on the outskirts of a sleepy coastal town. This is her fresh start, her chance to begin again in the wake of tragedy, leave her demons behind. Bright but a little strange, uncertain and desperate to fit in, she soon finds herself invited to an advanced study group, led by her alluring and mysterious art teacher, Annabel.
There, with three other girls–Alex, Grace, and Robin–the five of them delve into the school’s long-buried grim history: of Greek and Celtic legends; of the school founder’s “academic” interest in the occult; of gruesome 17th century witch trials. Annabel does her best to convince the girls that her classes aren’t related to ancient rites and rituals, and that they are just history and mythology. But the more she tries to warn the girls off the topic, the more they drawn to it, and the possibility that they can harness magic for themselves.
Violet quickly finds herself wrapped up in this heady new world of lawless power–except she is needled by the disappearance of a former member of the group, one with whom Violet shares an uncanny resemblance. As her friends’ actions take a turn for the darker and spiral out of control, she begins to wonder who she can trust, all the while becoming more deeply entangled. How far will these young girls go to protect one another…or to destroy one another?
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Have you read The Furies, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR