HarperTeen recently published Madeleine Roux’s newest novel, House of Furies. This gothic story is an ideal read for those who enjoy historical tales of paranormal horror.
Looking for a better way of life, seventeen-year-old Louisa is drawn to become a scullery maid at a boarding house. She assumes it will be hard work in exchange for honest pay and a roof over her head. What she doesn’t suspect is that it’s the last stop for evil men and women before they leave this life for good. Coldthistle House’s proprietor, the enigmatic Mr. Morningside, brings death to those who opt to stay in the manor with the help of his workers, who are not what they appear to be. When Louisa finds an innocent young man has come along with his cruel uncle, can she save him from certain death? And at what cost to her?
This story was good and spooky and I loved that Louisa was an innocent without necessarily being what one would call a good girl. She’s had a hardscrabble life and doesn’t apologize for what she’s had to do to survive. However, she has a good heart and in the end, she tries to put others before herself.
While the book doesn’t have you on edge the whole way through, it’s not for the faint of heart. Certain scenes are filled with gore and others give a good scare. It’s an excellent addition to the YA horror genre.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I haven’t yet read the Asylum series, so this was my first introduction to Roux. I will gladly pick up more of her work in the future. If you’re a fan of YA horror and you enjoy a gothic tone, you’ll want to grab this one as well.
4 out of 5 stars