Sunday, September 27, 2015
The Furies by Natalie Haynes
"In Greek and Roman mythology, the Furies were female spirits of justice and vengeance."
The Furies opens by letting the readers know something has happened, something terrible enough to prompt the narrator to write this account, something she refers to as monstrous.
What we know for sure is something tragic happened to Alex Morris' fiancee, something that prompted her to completely leave her old life behind and begin teaching drama therapy at "The Unit", a place for troubled children who have been expelled from their previous schools.
Alex thinks the children need someone to treat them like adults, to believe in them and their potential. So she begins teaching them about the Greek tragedies, about revenge and death and fate. But she never could have guessed how deeply one of her students would take her lessons to heart.
This book is a study in suspense, a commentary on violence and grief, and an examination of how deeply troubled a child can become when the world has turned its back on them-and how they can become fixated on the one person and thing that seem to suddenly hold meaning and hope.