Some stories have the power to suck you in from the very first time you lay your eyes on the pages; The Furies opens with a dead girl on a swing, so it’s clear from the get go we are dealing with something dark and delicious here.
The Furies by Katie Lowe
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Published: 2nd May, 2019 (expected)
Set in 1998, The Furies tells the story of Violet, Robin, Alex and Grace, four teenage girls who have a taste for witchcraft. They all go to Elm Hollow Academy (if that’s not a creepy enough name, I don’t know what is), an all girl’s school, famous for being founded by a woman who was later executed for being a witch. Was she really one? Or was she an innocent victim, so much like other women during that time?
Back in 1998 I was the same age as these girls, and guess what. I was super into all things witchy. I had a ton of books on the occult, spells, mythology, and was secretly hoping witches are actually real. What a trip down memory lane this was! The girls however are way more advanced than I ever could have dreamed of. They attend super secret meetings with Annabelle, the odd art teacher, and even practice some of the dubious rituals they found in those old books to exact revenge on those who wronged them. Do these work? Well, you tell me!
I was lost and mesmerized, as the the events unfolded; chill crept down my spine and the subtle creaking noises in the house took on a sinister, hidden meaning. But not all evil is coming from the spirit world. Some are very, very real. Bullies, manipulative people who bring out the worst in you, push you to do things you never wanted to do are way worse and their numbers are plenty at Elm Hollow.
While the author got quite heavy handed on the atmosphere and the creepy vibes, the four girls seemed a bit superficial, including Violet, our narrator. They are surrounded by people, and yet, the school somehow felt empty. For me this didn’t take away from the enjoyment however; I was carried away with all the doom and gloom just fine, and found the stories about the tragic Greek heroines absolutely fascinating.
A beautifully written, haunting novel, The Furies puts a disturbing twist on teenage friendships. After school clubs will never feel the same again!
I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley, but the opinions are my own.