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 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 she disappeared, fingers are pointed at those closest to her. Leading Violet to wonder whether she can trust her friends, teachers, or even herself.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Violet at 15 is a vulnerable and isolated young girl. Her father and sister died tragically in an accident and her mother simply can’t cope with her own grief never mind Violet’s. No-one else had seemed to want to take responsibility either so Violet was told to take however much time she needed off school until she felt better. Now tell a young girl that and you just don’t see them for dust.
Twelve months later exams had been taken and Violet had returned to school for them. She had miraculously done ok but knew that with the right teachers that she could have smashed it. When her mother suggests that she uses insurance money from the accident that she had been in with her dad and sibling to further her education then she jumps at the chance. Violet enrolls at Elm Hollow Academy for girls.
Elm Hollow Academy is a pretty creepy place, with a creepy colourful history of strange goings on to go with it. Violet is taken under the wings of a group of girls, with one girl, Robin, having a particular interest in her. The four of them are invited by the art teacher to take extra special classes. The story takes on a real dark side and opens up a ‘secret school’ tradition that only a handful of pupils can be part of.
The things that bind the girls together are also the things that drive them apart as the more they learn the hungrier they become to get to the ultimate goal. They find themselves on a roller coaster of events that they can’t seem to stop. Friendships and trust are pushed to the limit in the tight group.
Now I will make it clear that this felt more like a book for teenagers and seems to focus more on the story than the characters. There are a couple of shocking storylines that the girls follow, which are a little disturbing but at the same time make thrilling read that left me feeling uneasy.
Murder, mystery and the occult are all busy storylines in this book. A very creepy read for teenagers.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 Ph.D. in female rage in literary modernism and contemporary women’s writing.
The Furies is her first novel.