The Furies

St. Martin’s. Oct. 2019. 368p. ISBN 9781250297891. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250297914. FANTASY
DEBUT With a history of burning “witches” at the stake and rumors of men dying by the dozens for harming women, mystical Elm Hollow Academy’s art teacher forms a secret society of four art students to discuss feminism and culture. Violet, still reeling from the sudden loss of her father and younger sister, is the newest recruit, who immediately forms an unhealthy strong bond with the vivacious and drug-obsessed Robin, who is emotionally unstable after her best friend Emily was murdered. Violet and Robin decide to dabble in magic to seek revenge for those who have wronged them, and soon multiple men are found dead. One final question remains: Were the deaths the result of witchcraft, bloodthirst, or coincidence?
VERDICT Drugs, sex, magic, and murder infuse this quick-paced read that will entertain teen and adult readers alike, weaving multiple layers of deception. While the characters are not quite fully developed, the relationship dynamics help form a solid story.
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