House of Furies
Death is imminent for its visitors. Louisa Ditton takes a job as a maid. Once she arrives and witnesses the depraved madness in the house, she vows to flee. Her boss is a charming cad named Mr. Morningside. Louisa is strangely captivated by Morningside’s dark, brooding manner and wants to discover what secrets he and his strange household. The teen has a secret of her own, which is revealed late in the book. The glacial pace of the plot will deter most fans of the horror genre.
House of Furies features stunning interior illustrations from artist Iris Compiet, plus photo-collages that bring the story to chilling life, House of Furies invites readers to a world where the line between monsters and men is ghostly thin. 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.
In this first installment of Roux’s latest gothic horror series, the plot meanders around a creepy mansion where ghostlike apparitions appear to take the souls of unlucky sinners who have found their way to Coldthistle house.
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 soon 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 who to trust?
I was highly anticipating House of Furies because I loved Roux’s Asylum series and creepy books before this. Please don’t go in as I did and expect something that is the same as Asylum because you will be highly disappointed. An example of this would be that her previous books are set in modern times while House of Furies has a darker gothic feel.
In this book, Madeleine tells the story of a girl named Louisa, a fortune teller, who has been given a gold coin by an old woman and offered a job at the Coldthistle House. We learn that there’s much more to this old woman than Louisa realizes and she’s not sure what to think of her. On their way to Coldthistle House, the wagon wheel breaks and another wagon stops to help them. The travelers are on their way to Coldthistle House also. Once Louisa reaches her destination, she discovers that she will never never be able to leave.
In this story Louisa is unknowingly living with the devil and when she discovers the truth she has a difficult decision to make. There’s also a brief love story and I just didn’t feel it, I instead found myself wishing Louisa developed a relationship with Mr. Morningside himself. The pace can be a little slow and some chapters I found repetitive but I liked the overall vibe and premise of this book and can definitely recommend getting it.
Title: House of Furies
Author: Madeleine Roux
Published Date: May 30, 2017
Series: House of Furies – Book 1
Genre: Horror Fiction, Paranormal Fiction
Format: Hardcover, Kindle
Pages: 413 pages
Reviewed by: Sarah Hopkins
Our Rating: 3.2 /5
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