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Praise for Katie Lowe's The Furies:
“[With] a subtle, persistent, and unmistakable creepiness…. Murder and witchcraft mix with a heady cocktail of drugs, booze, and revenge in this elegant, pitch-perfect coming-of-age story.” ―Kirkus
“Drugs, sex, magic, and murder infuse this quick-paced read that will entertain teen and adult readers alike.” ―Library Journal
“Dark and alluring, Katie Lowe’s debut novel, The Furies, is a sensory buffet of beautifully gritty prose and a plot that combines witchcraft, murder and the power of angry young women searching for vengeance.” ―Shelf Awareness
“Powerful and atmospheric…those who thrill to dark coming-of-age tales with a dash of the uncanny will find much to enjoy.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Lowe’s dark, suspenseful debut combines the teenage sisterhood of The Craft and Emma Cline’s The Girls with the violent schoolyard vengeance of Heathers. Poetic, lurid prose captures the girls’ teenage self-possession, while a heady swirl of adolescent hormones, drugs, and alcohol adds a layer of distortion to the plot. Fans of Greer Macallister, Paula Hawkins, and Janelle Brown will devour Violet’s journey.” ―Booklist
“Witchcraft. Murder. A town with a dark history. And scariest of all―adolescence. This sinister book follows what happens to a group of 16-year-old girls after they explore the history of witch trials at their school, Elm Hollow Academy, with their mysterious art teacher, Annabel. Soon, they become convinced that the magic is real, and it could be theirs.” ―Refinery29
“In the late 1990s, a study group at a girls’ boarding school brings together four young women with an interest in mythology, whose studies quickly turn toward the dark and dangerous. Their anger and intensity is given space in a way we don’t often see in coming-of-age stories about young women, and the result is gripping and satisfying.” ―LitHub
“A book compared to The Craft, The Secret History, and the novels of Megan Abbott? This one both caught my eye and jumped to the top of my Halloween reading list.…Simultaneously a coming-of-age tale, a murder mystery, and a story of female friendship, power, and rage, The Furies is the perfect wild and spooky read for the season. Toil and trouble await.” ―BookBub
About the Author
- ASIN : B08BYDTT9H
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (February 9, 2021)
- Publication date : February 9, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2121 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 341 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1250200288
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #111,712 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Talk about a compelling plot! The premise of this book immediately intrigued me. Hannah’s life begins to unravel when she’s judged in the court of public opinion, one sensationalized podcast episode at a time. This is a slow-burn suspense read with several elements that play exceptionally well, including Hannah’s spotty memory. Did she or didn’t she? Even she doesn’t know if she’s a killer. That keeps the reader wondering, too—right up until the end.
Another thread involves the ruins of a Gothic insane asylum where Hannah’s grandmother was incarcerated for killing her husband and daughter. Hannah is drawn there when she learns someone is interested in renovating the property. The scenes in the shell of the old building are some of my favorite, played heavily for atmosphere.
There are numerous snaking plot lines that weave together at the end. Kudos to the author for juggling so many intricate puzzle pieces. I thought the ending was brilliant.
What I didn’t like, and found implausible, is that Hannah—a professional psychiatrist—would be such a doormat for her husband and her ex-boss. Her behavior, especially in the past, didn’t ring true. Though most of the book takes place in the present, there are numerous scenes where the reader is treated to Hannah’s married life with Graham. The more I was exposed to her past, the more annoyed I became. In the present, some of the actions of the police left me scratching my head. I had some other issues as well, but it’s hard to say more without giving away spoilers.
The overall tone of the book is dark. I honestly found it depressing. This is one novel that will come down to a matter of personal taste. If you like dark, twisty reads, this is well-written and well-plotted though it does moves slowly. For me, it didn’t quite work.
About ten years later, after she had moved on with her life, a well known crime podcaster decided the convicted man was innocent and Hannah was guilty. The podcast was very popular and the journalist who presented it was known for swaying public opinion and, had cast doubt upon several convictions in the past. When the podcast came out, it made Hannah look very guilty. Even her daughter and very sweet boyfriend began to doubt her. It began to wear down on her and made her act irrationally, causing even more people to doubt. Hannah's life spun out of control, everyday things seemed to get worse and worse but the worst was yet to come.
<b>WHAT I LOVED</b>
This is Brit-lit, which is my favorite. It took place in a country cottage. How charmingly quaint! There was also a possibly haunted, very sinister former mental institution involved. I love the possibility of a haunting in my thrillers.
The twists were good and some were pretty unexpected.
<b>WHAT I DIDN'T LOVE</b>
I really don't like books where the main character is being accused of doing something they most likely didn't do, and no one believes them. All evidence keeps piling up against them (a lot of it flimsy), people who supposedly love them turn against them and they begin to loom crazy. I just don't enjoy reading books like that.
I thought most of the evidence they had against Hannah was pretty thin. And the the people speaking out against her didn't have anything to say that should have swayed the opinion of the courts.
Also, when faced with an opportunity to explain herself, Hannah did a horrible job. She only made things worse she she tried to explain herself, which was annoying because she was supposed to be a very educated professional adult so she should have been able to express herself with no problem.
There were several hole plots.
It was not a bad book, but just not for me.
Somehow, couldn't get into.the characters, so skipped all the current years.to.get to the end. Only to be shocked by.Sophie supposedly getting.away? Sorry