Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
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 are 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?
About: The Furies is a young adult thriller written by Katie Lowe. It will be published on 10/8/2019 by St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, 352 pages. The genres are young adult, thriller, paranormal, and fiction. This book is the author’s debut. According to Macmillan’s website, “St. Martin’s Press has a long and respected history of publishing a solid and varied list. We are dedicated to publishing emerging new authors, and offering a fresh perspective on classic genres, while maintaining a diverse and interesting range of books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Furies on 10/5/2019 and was unable to finished it on 10/7/2019. This book is an okay read for me. I don’t particularly like it much where Violet seems to be smart but do dumb things. She doesn’t question why but follows blindly after Robin in her desperate need to have friends. The story for the most part, follows a 16 years old Violet but occasionally the story change it up to “as I look back” as if indicating that Violet is older and looking back to her first weeks of high school. There was no indication that the story was going to be told as a look back through memory lane. I don’t really enjoy all that underage intentionally drinking, smoking, and drugs.
This book started out with what appears to be a prologue, told in the first person point of view following a teacher and murderer of a 16 years old high school girl from long ago. Then the story begins with Violet, 16, smart and friendless, who survived a deadly car crash where her dad and sister died. With the accident settlement, it gives her the opportunity to attend an all girls school. At the school, she got invited to join a group of girls who are interested in witchcrafts and a study group with her art teacher Annabelle. This book is divided into 4 seasons starting with autumn.
The Furies is well written, just not for me. I don’t enjoy reading good girl deliberately gone bad without thinking. Violet is not clever at all. She basically let Tom have his way with her and then mad about it. She could have made better decisions, like not follow him and just leave when she said she’s about to go. The friendship is not that great. The four of them seems to split to two and threes and often Violet is just following along. The murder doesn’t make much sense since they were the one that were intruding the victim’s premise. I can’t help but skip through and then just couldn’t finish it and don’t care for the ending one way or another. The prologue however, sounds interesting.
Con: slow paced, smart girl intentionally do dumb things
I rate it 3 stars!
About the Author:
Katie Lowe is a writer living in Worcester, UK. A graduate of the University of Birmingham, Katie has a BA (Hons) in English and an MPhil in Literature & Modernity, and is returning to Birmingham in 2019 to commence her PhD in female rage in literary modernism and contemporary women’s writing. The Furies is her first novel. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.