Published by HarperTeen on May 30, 2017
They come here to die.
Louisa Ditton has nowhere to go. Alone and afraid, she has just fled a brutal English boarding school where punishment was the lesson of the day. When she meets an old woman who offers her employment as a maid at a boardinghouse, Louisa thinks she has been saved.
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 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?
House of Furies was a bit of a disappointment in a few ways. I always love a bit of a horror set in old time England even, but it was a hard miss. With a lengthy set-up, there was a somewhat lack of horror until it was a little in your face and not in the way it was expected at all… more danger than spooks and ghosts. I felt the end was rushed to pull things together and the relationship that had been starting to bud between our two main characters was forced at the end. There was a decision made that didn’t quite make sense… and a lot of stuff that didn’t quite add up.
I’m not sure where the disconnect was – maybe with the main character Louisa and not knowing what really was going on with her and her past. Having her a little to torn between running and committed to wanting to save her new friend/possible love interest. The format of the book was beautiful and I really enjoyed the short tales and information about creatures interesting and add to the story, but I just wish everything connected better and flowed more with the story. I also was just hoping it was a bit more scary as well.
A bit of a miss for me, not everything connected well in the plot and characters. The book itself is gorgeous and had an interesting premise.