Read-Alikes for ‘The Fury’ by Alex Michaelides | LibraryReads

The Fury by Alex Michaelides is the top holds title of the week. LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for patrons waiting to read this buzziest book.

The Fury by Alex Michaelides (Celadon; LJ starred review) is the top holds title of the week. LibraryReads and Library Journal offer read-alikes for patrons waiting to read this buzziest book.

“There were seven of us in all, trapped on the island. One of us was a murderer.” So begins Michaelides’s latest (after The Maidens), a tale of friendship and retribution, stardom and fame, and the wounded child that hides in everyone. Playwright Elliot Chase is the unreliable narrator spinning a fantastical tale of a group of people trapped on a private Greek island by the Fury, harsh windstorms that batter the island. Told over five acts, Elliot’s narrative moves from Hollywood to London to the Greek island of Aura and provides a history of the major players in the island murder case, including himself. His main focus is his best friend, former movie star Lana Farrar, who invited the guests to her private isle. Besides Elliot, the group includes Lana’s husband, her son, her housekeeper, and a creepy caretaker. Michaelides’s use of Elliot as dubious storyteller is clever, keeping readers engrossed in peeling back the layers. VERDICT The tension, unrequited feelings, lies and resentment, friendship and jealousy that permeate this suspenseful page-turner will keep readers guessing until the satisfying ending. Recommended for fans of closed-circle mystery writers such as Agatha Christie, Lucy Foley, and Alice Feeney.—Marianne Fitzgerald

The Night of the Storm by Nishita Parekh (Dutton)

With Hurricane Harvey sweeping toward Houston, single mom Jia Shah—already wringing her hands over her son’s recent school suspension—reluctantly agrees that they should shelter with her sister Seema and Seema’s overly familiar husband, Vipul, in their big house in upper crust Sugar Land. Vipul’s brother and sister-in-law soon arrive, and with the brothers’ bossy mom there, too, all that’s needed is a dead body to truly raise the stakes. Mumbai-born, Texas-based Parekh offers a debut.—Barbara Hoffert

Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney (Flatiron)

Appeared on the August 2022 LibraryReads list

“Darker isn’t just Daisy’s surname: it’s the mood of this closed-room mystery as Daisy’s family members die one by one at a remote island home. Deftly told, this nod to Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None mixes suspense and secrets with heartbreaking and poignant observations about family and childhood.”—Jennifer Ohzourk, West Des Moines Public Library, West Des Moines, IA

Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson (Morrow)

Appeared on the March 2021 LibraryReads list

“Abigail deeply regrets succumbing to an illicit night with a stranger on the eve of her wedding. When her husband takes her to a mysterious island for a lavish honeymoon, she’s shocked to see the man who seduced her. What follows is a story that will keep readers glued to the page.”—Paul Lane, Palm Beach County Public Library, Boca Raton, FL

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