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The Furies

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  30 reviews
In 1998, a sixteen-year-old girl is found dead on school property, dressed in white and posed on a swing, with no known cause of death. The novel opens with this image, as related to us by the narrator, Violet, looking back on the night it happened from the present day, before returning to relate the series of events leading up to the girl’s murder.

After an accident involv
Published January 2019 by St. Martin's
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Dannii Elle
The Secret History meets Girls on Fire meets The Graces.

"It seems that women are doomed to two fates. It is our lot to either be seen as unpredictable and irrational mortals, maligned and repressed by the actions of men; or sacred beings, goddesses of higher realm, among the Fates and Furies."

The Furies is yet another YA novel that focuses on the potential toxicity of female friendships. Quite honestly, those are all my buzzwords and I will devour anything on the topic, no matter how many seemi
(4.5) In a run-down seaside town somewhere in England lives Violet, an unhappy and isolated 16-year-old. She is the only survivor of a car crash that killed her father and little sister; in the aftermath, her mother withdraws into a numb state of grief, barely able to function. Violet's only desire is to escape. But a huge insurance settlement opens a different kind of door: Violet is to study for her A Levels at a private girls' school, Elm Hollow Academy.

There, she meets the girls who will be
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
As an exploration of girls gone bad, this does a decent job, but it feels like an echo. It's been done before and better. Definitely more The Craft than The Secret History, the book struggled to hit the depth of character or theme necessary for it to be truly absorbing. The characters were light: Violet's voice held little attraction, overwhelmed by the darker threads of her new best friend, Robin, and the others are straight out of every teen drama you've ever seen/read. The problem is that it' ...more
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are lots of novel with similar themes to this. An elite school, strange cliques of girls, and, as we know from the beginning, a death. It has been done before, but I have a weakness for novels about schools, female friendships and so those words do pull me in, however hard I try to resist.

It feels to Violet as though her life is put on hold after the death of her father, and sister, in an accident. Her mother seems unable to move beyond her grief and, taking advantage of her disinterest, s
Louise Wilson
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
In 1998 a sixteen year old girl is found dead on school property, dressed in white and posed on a swing, with no known cause of death. Violet, looking back on the night it happened from the present day, before returning to relate the series of events leading up to the girls murder. After a accident involving her dad and sister, Violet joins Elm Hollow Academy, a private girls school in a quiet coastal town, which has an unpleasant history as the site of famous 17th century witch trials. Violet b ...more
Liz Barnsley
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this. Without doubt the best book I’ve read featuring toxic female friendship since “Girls on Fire” – The Furies is haunting, evocative and sits in your head, that underlying sense of menace and anticipation resonates throughout.
Violet desperately wants friendship, even as she tells herself she doesn’t need it, so when she is befriended by the enigmatic and edgy Robin and drawn into a circle of secrets and lies, she will do anything to protect it. Darkness and obsession, fatal ties and d
Elaine Mullane
I am teetering somewhere between 4 and 4.5 stars with this one, for reasons I will explain, but I feel as bewitched (fitting) by this book now as I did by its premise when I first came across it.

Everything about teenager Violet's world is tinged with grey. She lives in a run-down seaside town somewhere in England. Her father and younger sister were recently killed in a car crash, from which Violet emerged as the only survivor. In the accident's aftermath, Violet's mother has withdrawn into a sta
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Furies, the four of us, taking revenge. The things that we could do, the power we possessed...

Our narrator, a sixteen year old girl with the rather unlikely sounding name of Violet, is the survivor of an accident which killed her father and sister. Her mother, endlessly trapped in grief, has more or less checked out of normal life; Violet, funded by the accident compensation, begins attending a private girls’ school, Elm Hollow, which she soon learns has a dark history of witchcraft and deat
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
My friend Kate (Bibliophile Book Club) was kind enough to lend me her review copy of this one, knowing how much of a sucker I am for anything involving witchcraft or teen cults.

It didn't disappoint - opening with a rather gruesome death, we follow Violet and her group of frenemies as they become obsessed with magic and believing magic is real (I mean - who didn't have a witch phase). Comparisons to The Craft are unavoidable, there are similarities, but the book reads like a fond hat tip to the
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Furies is a dark literary thriller about friendship and the artistic history of female power and revenge. After an accident claims the lives of her father and sister, Violet ends up at a private girls' school for her A Levels, Elm Hollow Academy. It has a grisly history of witchcraft and Violet isn't sure she cares about being there, but then she's drawn into the world of Robin, a charismatic girl with red hair, and her friends Grace and Alex. Together they take extra classes with Annabel, a ...more
Anastasia Gammon
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
After the death of her father and sister in a car crash from which she was the only survivor, Valerie is starting over at Elm Hollow Academy, a private girls' school with a mysterious past. The history of Elm Hollow intertwines with 17th century witch trials and, far more recently, the disappearance of a student who was part of a secret society that Violet now finds herself invited to. Along with her new friends, Robin, Alex, and Grace, Violet meets their teacher, Annabel, in a secret part of th ...more
James Cross
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was blurbed as a successor to the Craft, and in parts this is true, but equally apt is a partial comparison to The Secret History. In reality though this book was very hard to quantify. The tale of a new girl to an existing group of three friends who meet in secret and are displaying an increasing interest in spells and rituals is almost a trope, but this mixes in a tragic home life for our main character Violet which provides some real pathos as she tries to navigate a private school ...more
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Poor Violet's past isn't the best. Her mum drinks to forget so Violet is lucky to get a sponsored scholarship to the university at the edge of their town. This is where she becomes slightly obsessed with 3 girls who walk carefree about the grounds.
Violet looks like a student who went missing a month before, she shrugs this off when the feisty haired & manipulative Robin befriends her.
Teenage angst, bad decisions & the suggestion of witchcraft means th is take is heading for disaster.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Did not finish, very boring!
The narrator, Violet, is the new kid at a prestigious all girls school, and is immediately befriended by Robin and her friends. After a few weeks, this friend group turns out to be a part of a secret club, and Violet is invited to join the club as along as she promises to keep it a secret. What transpires is a pull-and-tug of Violet's will, with the girls practicing witchcraft with dangerous consequences, and it all ultimately comes down to the question of, just how far will Violet go to be one ...more
Kamila Komisarek
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"It was all meant well, at the time (...) but in the cold light of suspicion, every kindness becomes a threat; a goodness made sinister."

The Furies is a debut novel from Katie Lowe. Violet is sixteen and she's been through a lot already. Her Father and little sister died in a car crash while she was a lone survivor. Her mother seems to gave up on life all together and is not helping her daughter anyhow. When she joins Elm Hollow Academy, the private school for girls, she doesn't have her hopes
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I raced through this book in a kind of surreal haze, coming up for air at the end and questioning what did I just read?! This is a dark, twisted whirlwind ride through adolescence filled with toxic friendships, a touch of witchcraft and murder. I loved it.

In a dilapidated British seaside town we meet 16-year-old Violet, only survivor of a car accident with her father and sister. With the settlement money, her mother elects to send Violet to elite private girl’s school Elm Hollow Academy on the e
Keri (BooksWithKeri)
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

Rating: 2.75/3 Stars

This is a book that I can't figure out whether I like it or not.

Katie Lowe writes amazingly, I like her character voice and her descriptions. It is an interesting story that she is telling, to do with loneliness and teenage pressures and womanhood set against some really toxic friendships.

I liked the way that bad relationships were shown. As you read, you can see the moments of manipulation
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Though I have loved, and been loved, in the decades since we met, no infatuation could compare to the outrageous intensity of those first weeks with Robin.”

To be honest I didn't actually know lots about this book when I requested it, i'd seen it around and was intrigued, but I went in pretty much blind. I'm glad I did as I actually do think this is a book best explored with little prior knowledge. There's no way to really put into words here all that this book really contains. It's a thrilling
Janet Brown
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Urgh this book was SO frustrating because it was so close to being absolutely brilliant.

*insert Tyra Banks "I was rooting for you" GIF*

The opening is stunning, the description of a dead girl on a swing, dewdrops glittering in her hair, delicate silver chains binding her wrists is totally gripping and achieving a beautifully elegiac tone as Violet, our narrator, reflects back from a distance of 20 years.

It's when the narrative switches to the past, to tell the story of how the girl got there, tha
Nicole Woodward
This was a very weird book, that I wish I liked more than I ended up liking.

The first thing that struck me about this book was the writing. It's very descriptive and while that it is nice sometimes I wish I got to the point more at times.

Its also told in the past tense. Which I found weird at first, because it's a spoiler in itself, without knowing.

I did like the strong female friendships in this group but I just got a bit tired on the constant drama, drugs and parties. It's not something I enjo
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
You’d kill to be one of them.

1998. A sixteen-year-old girl is found dead on school property, dressed in white and posed on a swing. No known cause of death.

Four girls know what happened.

And until now they’ve kept their silence.

The idea of this book really appealed to me, and at first I found myself engrossed in it. I thought it was very well written, and there was always a dark, somewhat gothic atmosphere to it. I didn't particularly like the main character Violet, but I thought her desperate ne
Imie (mythicreader)
Thank you so much HarperCollins for sending this my way!

The Furies is a hauntingly beautiful novel that captures the coming-of-age of a group of girls with fire in their hearts but manages to put a violent disturbing twist on the story that leaves you pouring over the pages to find out what happens next.

The story follows Violet as she moves to a new school and becomes fascinated with a group of three girls who are part of a secret class held by the art history teacher. The school has a history
Linda Barrett
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Furies by Katie Lowe is an interesting YA novel.
It's a 3.5 star story which opens with a fantastic scene which is set in 1998 finding a girl dead sat on a swing.
The story revolves around the narrator Violet who's world has just been torn apart.
The only good outcome is she can now afford to go to private school Elm Hollow Academy where she gets invited to join an advanced study group with Robin,Grace and Alex run by Art teacher Annabel.
This story had undertones of the film The Craft and I rea
Natalie Clark
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
An engrossing story of the horrors of toxic friendship and obsession during the heady, exhilarating days of youth. A private school at the centre of seventeenth century witch trials is haunted by centuries of murder, magic, and revenge. Violet starts at her new school, and is quickly drawn into a web of secrets by her new and mysterious friends. Anxieties around the potential of female power are brought to terrifying life as the group of friends experiment with ancient spells and rituals. We fol ...more
Helena Jonas
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Furies is a haunting, spell-binding novel set in the sinister grounds of Elm Hollow Academy. Witchcraft, wizardry and four wicked young women propel the plot behind this dark debut and, for me, it was an enchanting read, rich with beautiful prose, gorgeous, in-keeping, historical references and an interesting exploration of toxic teenage relationships.

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Ruby Slippers
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Though the characters aren’t that likeable, they are compelling. It's a proper page-turner.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
The Furies as a legend/myth is something I have heard about before so I was expecting lots of spells and the Furies turning up a lot. I was a little disappointed that they were only ‘seen’ once and not really many spells or rituals happened either.
That said, I really enjoyed the history of Elm Hollow Academy, it was explained in great detail, which is great as it helps the mind vision it.
The friendship between the four girls seemed quite strange to me as it felt like two of the girls were only
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Katie 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.
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