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House of furies
2017
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An all-new creepy fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author of Asylum.

Featuring stunning interior illustrations from artist Iris Compiet, plus photo-collages that bring the story to chilling life, House of Furies invites readers to a world where the line between monsters and men is ghostly thin.

After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house.

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 unusual 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 who to trust?

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School Library Journal Review
Gr 8 Up-In this first installment of Roux's latest gothic horror series, the plot meanders around a creepy mansion where ghostlike apparitions appear to take the souls of unlucky sinners who have found their way to Coldthistle house. Death is imminent for its visitors. Louisa Ditton takes a job as a maid. Once she arrives and witnesses the depraved madness in the house, she vows to flee. Her boss is a charming cad named Mr. Morningside. Louisa is strangely captivated by Morningside's dark, brooding manner and wants to discover what secrets he and his strange house hold. The teen has a secret of her own, which is revealed late in the book. The glacial pace of the plot will deter most fans of the horror genre. VERDICT A secondary purchase for larger horror collections or where the author is popular.-Pamela Thompson, Col. John O. Ensor Middle School, El Paso, TX © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Life has been cruel to Louisa Ditton, an Irish girl in the early nineteenth century, who ekes out a living telling fortunes, ever since fleeing her oppressive boarding school. When an old woman offers her employment as a maid in a place called Coldthistle House, it seems like a boon: a roof, a hot meal, and companionship are all things that Louisa lacks. But Coldthistle is no ordinary boardinghouse. After a ghostly supernatural encounter, Coldthistle's young-seeming owner, Mr. Morningside, explains the truth: the house attracts boarders who have committed terrible misdeeds, and when they arrive, the staff exacts a swift and savage justice. Louisa refuses to acknowledge her own connection to the house, and fears for the safety of one gentle boarder. From eerie prologue to gory end, this gothic tale is imbued with a lingering sense of unease, offering up a Faustian plot that explores the darkest pits of human nature. Atmospheric and troubling, this series starter will sink its hooks into readers as surely as it frightens them.--Reagan, Maggie Copyright 2010 Booklist
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