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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.


Violet is returning home, back to the sleepy coastal town which holds so many memories.

In 1998, after a tragic accident claimed the lives of her fat
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: May 2nd 2019 by HarperCollins
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Dannii Elle
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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Emma
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Liz Barnsley
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sharon
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Siobhan
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
James Cross
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicole
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Samm
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Did not finish, very boring!
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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
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
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Sheri
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Janet Brown
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
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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
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Natalie Clark
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ruby Slippers
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Though the characters aren’t that likeable, they are compelling. It's a proper page-turner.
Rachel
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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