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. – Goodreads.
This cover really grabbed my attention first, and although I haven’t read any other books by this author, her name caught my attention second because of her Asylum series, and I immediately requested this novel.
House of Furies is very well-written, with incredible imagery. From Mr. Morningside’s office, to Coldthistle House, to the fate of some of its inhabitants – the descriptions were eerie and vivid.
Louisa’s character was admirable in the way that she stood up to Mr. Morningside and demonstrated strong loyalty to her friends, yet I also appreciated her flaws, which made her character more interesting and complex. Despite Mr. Morningside’s alleged identity, I enjoyed his character and found myself agreeing with some of his actions.
As with most gothic horror, this book is more of a slow burn, but a very enjoyable, creepy read. Although classified as YA horror, this would also appeal to adults. House of Furies is scheduled for publication May 30th, 2017.
Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the digital ARC.