What a winner! I listened to The House of Furies on audiobook during my recent travels. It was delightfully read and engaging. The narrator used a variety of voices and accents for the characters.
This book follows the runaway Luisa Dutton as she takes employment as a maid at the Coldthistle boardinghouse. She discovers that the house draws people who have done evil deeds to it. The boarders check in to make use of the healing waters of the spring. The owner and staff make sure that the guests won’t be leaving the house alive.
What I Loved About This Book
Louisa is an engaging character. I loved her spunky attitude and her curiosity that always lands her in situations over her head.
Some Chapters are Chapters from the book Louisa is reading. It is written by the owner of the boarding house and documents his travels and insight into creatures and beings that are not human and the abilities they possess. This was a tidy way to learn about the other characters in the book. Expect hellhounds, changelings, and phantom shadow creatures.
The pacing of the book is good. It does start a bit slow but builds up into a powerful story with unexpected twists and turns. I honestly did not know what was going to happen next and it kept me on the edge of my seat.
Louisa is both disturbed, protected, and draw to the house and the strange characters. I really enjoyed her struggle with the evil and the evil deeds of those who come to Coldthistle house.
It is possible that I will never look at birds without remembering this book and the unique and disturbing role they play. I love books that stick a thought or image in my head for years to come.
The romantic relationship was not my favorite aspect of the story but it did play it’s part well and unlike some romantic subplots it was a driving force for Louisa’s actions at times.
You Should Read This Book If
You enjoy a story that plays out the Good Vs Evil idea with a different spin.
You are fascinated with lore, paranormal, ghost stories or urban legends.
You once loved (or still love) all things with an R.L. Stine vibe
You enjoy a historical setting that is rooted in folklore and legend.
On another note, dI highly recommend the audiobook because the narrator does multiple voices and accents. You will thank me later!
Overall, I adored the slightly creepy but not quite scary vibe. It does have some gorey scenes but they are written in a way that you get the idea with having overdone gross details.
I have already checked out all the other books by this author and I can’t wait to read the sequel. If you want to talk book with me find me on Social Media and don’t forget to follow me on Youtube.