REVIEW: The Furies, Katie Lowe

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

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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 father and sister, she joins Elm Hollow Academy, a private girls’ school with an unpleasant history of 17th century witch trials. There she is drawn to Robin, Grace, Alex and their charismatic teacher, Annabel; she is invited to join them in their advanced study group. There they learn about art, literature and the grisly history of the school. Though Annabel claims her classes aren’t related to ancient rites and rituals, she warns them off the topic, describing it as little more than mythology. However, the more the girls learn, the more they start to believe that magic is real, and that together they can harness it. But when the body of a former member of the society is found on campus nine months after the she disappeared, fingers are pointed at those closest to her. Leading Violet to wonder whether she can trust her friends, teachers, or even herself.

Drawn in by the Greek mythology-spin on the title (it has been all the rage recently, after-all), but disappointed by the utterly formulaic, late-2007-YA nature of the book's contents. Well, isn't that always the case? Things like this, after-all, always seem to work better in ideas. The unrealistic, flat characters felt more like murky shadows of teenagers instead of ones that ever rung with any truth; meaning that, despite my initial high expectations, I ended up with more of a watered-down The Craft-inspired snooze-fest than anything that felt truly original.

star rating: one star

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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