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House of Furies Hardcover – May 30, 2017
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“Eerie and elegant. Roux suffuses House of Furies with constant, creeping dread.” (Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author)
“House of Furies takes the reader on a twisting path down a dark hall we’re compelled to travel, no matter what is behind the door at the end. Darkly captivating.” (Mindy McGinnis, Edgar Award-winning author of A Madness So Discreet)
“House of Furies is absolutely terrific! Devious and fun, weird and scary, heartbreaking and triumphant. Madeleine Roux always—always—enchants and surprises!” (Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin and Mars One)
“Atmospheric, moody, and great fun.” (Kirkus)
“From eerie prologue to gory end, this gothic tale is imbued with a lingering sense of unease, offering up a Faustian plot that explores the darkest pits of human nature. Atmospheric and troubling, this series starter will sink its hooks into readers as surely as it frightens them.” (Booklist)
“Roux (the Asylum series) brings her gothic setting to rich life in this darkly delightful (and frequently gruesome) series opener.” (Publishers Weekly)
“House of Furies digs its claws into you and won’t let go; a mesmerizing, haunting, gorgeously written journey into the heart of darkness.” (Michelle Gagnon)
“Madeleine Roux’s House of Furies is both thrilling and effortless, catapulting the reader forward through a labyrinth of gothic mystery, tantalization and suspense.” (Andrea Portes, author of Anatomy of a Misfit)
Reviews for the Asylum series (;)
“A strong YA debut that reveals the enduring impact of trauma and terror on a place.” (Publishers Weekly)
From the Back Cover
Louisa Ditton has nowhere to go.
Alone and afraid, she has just fled a brutal English boarding school where punishment was the lesson of the day. When she meets an old woman who offers her employment as a maid at a boardinghouse, Louisa thinks she has been saved.
But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his staff are meant to execute their own brand of dark justice on those who are past being saved.
Louisa begins to fear for a young man named Lee, who is not like the other guests. He is charismatic and kind, and Louisa knows that it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgment. But in this house of distortions and lies, how can Louisa be sure whom to trust?
In this first book in Madeleine Roux’s new gothic horror series, photographs and illustrations help bring to life a terrifying house you’ll want to visit—and escape from—again and again.
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Louisa is running from some local townspeople one day when a strange woman offers to help, in fact, she offers her a position at Coldthistle House. While en route there Louisa and the old woman meet Lee and his uncle, who just happens to be heading to the stay at the same place as boarders.
Once at Coldthistle House, Louisa jumps into work and meets her co-workers, but it is only once she meets Mr. Morningside that she realizes that there is something strange about this place and it's owner. Her real shock comes when she meets Mary, and she looks just like her imaginary friend Maggie when she was a child. But then one night she is drawn from her room and finds a strange book that attacks her.
Once Mr.Morningside hears about this he explains that she is meant to be a part of this house because normally the book would kill anyone it touches. It also apparently lures all the boarders to the house as well, but not for the same purpose. It sits in judgment of the those who stay at the house, in fact, the boarders are evil people who just keep getting away with the things they are doing. Louisa knows that Lee isn't like that other and she works hard to try and figure out what is really going on with him and his uncle so that she can save his life.
I have read most of Roux's work, starting with the Asylum which is also a sort of gothic horror story. I really love her work. She draws you in and spins a tale that you can't help but enjoy. I thought maybe at first there would be like a Jane Eyre vibe, but I wasn't expecting this at all. Loved every minute of it, I couldn't stop reading this.
I am also very thankful that it is the start to a new series, I can't wait to see where Roux's goes with the next book!
With a creative and unique storyline, House of Furies is filled with evil undoings, where an owner filled with malice, and his staff, take it upon themselves to rid the world of those who possess the greatest sins. While this book took time to build tempo, and readers are left anxiously waiting for the story to take a turn, when it finally does, it’s like a shot in the dark. Not scary, but dark, the storyline lacks the extra detail, and atmosphere to make it truly chilling. With some confusing twists and turns, and interludes between chapters, readers can still be left with questions, but hopefully they will be answered in the next book in the series. Yet, with its great open ending, the book is redeemed and readers will be left hanging on for the next book.
You can find the rest of my reviews and giveaways in my weekly newspaper column: For the Love of Books-Dixon's Independent Voice
House of Furies is very well-written, with incredible imagery. From Mr. Morningside's office, to Coldthistle House, to the fate of some of its inhabitants - the descriptions were eerie and vivid.
Louisa's character was admirable in the way that she stood up to Mr. Morningside and demonstrated strong loyalty to her friends, yet I also appreciated her flaws, which made her character more interesting and complex. Despite Mr. Morningside's alleged identity, I enjoyed his character and found myself agreeing with some of his actions.
As with most gothic horror, this book is more of a slow burn, but a very enjoyable, creepy read. Although classified as YA horror, this would also appeal to adults.
Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the digital ARC.
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Genre: YA Fantasy/Horror
Recommended Age: 15+ (gore, murder, violence, nightmares)
After escaping a harsh school where punishment was...Read more
This was an interesting book that is different then what I usually read. I really enjoyed the characters and especially the short stories that tie into the main...Read more