The Furies by Natalie Haynes audiobook

The Furies: A Novel

By Natalie Haynes
Read by Zara Ramm

Macmillan Audio 9781250048004
8.72 Hours 1
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"Steady pacing paired with well-timed foreshadowing and fully realized characters make this one compelling from the beginning. Fans of Donna Tartt's The Secret History (1992), Erin Kelly's The Poison Tree (2011), and Tana French's The Likeness (2008) will likely enjoy the new perspective Haynes' conversational style offers to similar material." —Booklist After losing her fiancé in a shocking tragedy, Alex Morris moves from London to Edinburgh to make a break with the past. Formerly an actress, Alex accepts a job teaching drama therapy at a school commonly referred to as "The Unit," a last-chance learning community for teens expelled from other schools in the city. Her students have troubled pasts and difficult personalities, and Alex is an inexperienced teacher, terrified of what she's taken on and drowning in grief. Her most challenging class is an intimidating group of teenagers who have been given up on by everyone before her. But Alex soon discovers that discussing the Greek tragedies opens them up in unexpected ways, and she gradually develops a rapport with them. But are these tales of cruel fate and bloody revenge teaching more than Alex ever intended? And who becomes responsible when these students take the tragedies to heart, and begin interweaving their darker lessons into real life with terrible and irrevocable fury? Natalie Haynes' The Furies is a psychologically complex, dark and twisting novel about loss, obsession and the deep tragedies that can connect us to each other even as they blind us to our fate.

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Summary

Summary

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, August 2014

"Steady pacing paired with well-timed foreshadowing and fully realized characters make this one compelling from the beginning. Fans of Donna Tartt's The Secret History (1992), Erin Kelly's The Poison Tree (2011), and Tana French's The Likeness (2008) will likely enjoy the new perspective Haynes' conversational style offers to similar material." —Booklist
After losing her fiancé in a shocking tragedy, Alex Morris moves from London to Edinburgh to make a break with the past. Formerly an actress, Alex accepts a job teaching drama therapy at a school commonly referred to as "The Unit," a last-chance learning community for teens expelled from other schools in the city. Her students have troubled pasts and difficult personalities, and Alex is an inexperienced teacher, terrified of what she's taken on and drowning in grief.

Her most challenging class is an intimidating group of teenagers who have been given up on by everyone before her. But Alex soon discovers that discussing the Greek tragedies opens them up in unexpected ways, and she gradually develops a rapport with them. But are these tales of cruel fate and bloody revenge teaching more than Alex ever intended? And who becomes responsible when these students take the tragedies to heart, and begin interweaving their darker lessons into real life with terrible and irrevocable fury?

Natalie Haynes' The Furies is a psychologically complex, dark and twisting novel about loss, obsession and the deep tragedies that can connect us to each other even as they blind us to our fate.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A handsomely structured psychological mystery, and a moving exploration of grief. Lionel Shriver
A gripping first novel…impossible to put down. Herman Koch, author of The Dinner
An addictive, dark and suspenseful--yet sensitive--debut about death, obsession and fate. Bookpage
...Not only a gripping, can't-stop-turning-pages thriller, but also a beautifully drawn portrait of grief and how we find our way back to life...perfectly capturing the fraught and funny rhythms of a challenging classroom. I love it. Madeline Miller, author of The Song of Achilles
Gripping and elegiac, funny, and achingly sad, Haynes' tale pulls you along like a river to the falls. Hypnotic. Joss Whedon
I stayed up all night to finish The Amber Fury. It's gripping and compelling, a real page-turner, written with humanity and warmth S. J. Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep
From the opening pages of the novel, the hook is in (we know a crime has been committed) and you can't wait to see where her psychological thriller is headed...The Furies feels essential and exciting at the same time. The Times (UK)
Cleverly plotted, cannily paced, and unafraid to pose questions that don't have easy answers, this accomplished psychological mystery demonstrates the way that sometimes it may take being lost in the darkness to enable us to glimpse the light. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A stirring psychological thriller. People Magazine
“Gripping and elegiac, funny, and achingly sad, Haynes’ tale pulls you along like a river to the falls. Hypnotic.” Joss Wedon
“A handsomely structured psychological mystery, and a moving exploration of grief.” Lionel Shriver, New York Times bestselling author of We Need to Talk about Kevin
“A gripping first novel…impossible to put down.” Herman Koch, New York Times bestselling author of The Dinner
“Cleverly plotted, cannily paced, and unafraid to pose questions that don’t have easy answers, this accomplished psychological mystery demonstrates the way that sometimes it may take being lost in the darkness to enable us to glimpse the light.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Told through two points of view, that of Alex and that of one of her students, the novel unfolds as both narrators hint at a looming tragedy. Haynes’s debut novel cleverly supplies suspense and an exploration of grief, blame, and revenge…Fans of suspense fiction with depth will especially enjoy this read.” Library Journal
“Steady pacing paired with well-timed foreshadowing and fully realized characters make this one compelling from the beginning.” Booklist
“Sharply drawn characters, damaged and raw, enrich the psychological dimensions of this angst-filled mystery.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Natalie Haynes

Author Bio: Natalie Haynes

Natalie Haynes is a graduate of Cambridge University and an award-winning comedian, journalist, and broadcaster. She judged the Man Booker Prize in 2013 and was a judge for the final Orange Prize in 2012. Natalie is a regular panelist on Radio 4’s Saturday Review and the long-running arts show, Front Row. She is a guest columnist for The Independent and The Guardian. The Furies is her debut novel.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.72
Audience: Adult
Language: English