House of Furies (House of Furies #1)
By: Madeleine Roux
Publication Date: May 30th, 2017
An all-new gothic horror series from the New York Times bestselling author of Asylum.
After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved.
Louisa begins to fear for a young man named Lee who is not like the other guests. He is charismatic and kind, and Louisa knows that it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgment. But in this house of distortions and lies, how can Louisa be sure whom to trust?
Featuring stunning interior illustrations from artist Iris Compiet, plus photo-collages that bring Coldthistle House to chilling life, House of Furies invites readers to a world where the line between monsters and men is ghostly thin.
House of Furies is my first experience with Madeleine Roux, but it won’t be my last. Madeleine combines a haunting atmosphere with myths and legends in a spectacular and spellbinding tale. Plus, there are pictures illustrating all the scary things. I loved it!
Combining journal excerpts and artistics renderings of these spooky creatures with Louisa’s tale, you learn about this expanding world right along with Louisa as she determines how best to navigate her new understanding of how the world works. From her new boss to her coworkers, each has their own quirks and niche that they accommodate at Coldthistle House. Even the visitors serve a rather sinister purpose. It was especially intriguing to me to figure out why they were there, what they had done, how they would die and then seeing what happens after.
For a gothic read when you are looking for a good young adult horror, House of Furies will satisfy your craving for dark and creepy. I can’t wait to see what the sequel has in store.
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