The Furies by Katie Lowe

thAt Elm Hollow Academy, an all girl’s boarding school, there is more than just academics going on as Violet, who lost her father and sister in an auto accident and whose mother has become clinically depressed since will soon find out.  Violet is given the opportunity to attend the school because of her grades and her situation.

Feeling out of place and awkward she befriends a  group of girls, Robin, who seems to be the leader, Grace and Alex.  She falls headfirst into their drinking and drugs lifestyle.  When she is told her talent in art makes her eligible for an advanced art class which also includes her friends,  she jumps at the chance.  But what she finds is that their art teacher, Annabel, is not only teaching art but other mystical and occult themes which have been taught to special girls at the school throughout the years.

Violet begins to become obsessed with the girls (known as The Furies), especially with Robin.  She starts to question situations and finds her life spiraling out of control.  She finds out that the year before one the group’s friends disappeared and was never seen again. Someone she is told looks similar to her.

Violet begins to put two and two together and realizes the occult themes may in actuality be reality. She becomes entangled with her friend’s secrets and secret powers and she is  frightened, yet she cannot break the spell the group seems to have on her.  She feels she is lost and is nothing without them. And when the group implodes on itself she feels the brunt of the guilt. Knowing she can only trust herself she must make some difficult choices.

This book has been compared to Donna Tartt’s The Secret History one of my all time favorite books and I totally agree!

The Furies is filled with history, occult, murder, hate, greed, abuse and envy. A very dark yet delicious read!

Thank you #NetGalley #St.Martin’sPress # TheFuries #KatieLowe for the advanced copy.  The Furies is available now.

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