The Fury

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Pub Date 1 Feb 2024 | Archive Date Not set

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Description

Totally original and utterly compelling, with a voice all of its own, this is the outstanding new thriller from the no.1 internationally bestselling author of The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides.

*****

'There were seven of us in all, trapped on the island. One of us was a murderer . . .'


On a small private Greek island, former movie star Lana Farrar - an old friend - invites a select group of us to stay.
It'll be hot, sunny, perfect. A chance to relax and reconnect - and maybe for a few hidden truths to come out.
Because nothing on this island is quite what it seems.
Not Lana. Not her guests.
Certainly not the murderer - furiously plotting their crime . . .


But who am I?


My name is Elliot Chase, and I'm going to tell you a story unlike any you've ever heard.

PRAISE FOR ALEX MICHAELIDES


'A deliciously dark, elegant, utterly compulsive read - with a twist that blew my mind' Lucy Foley
'I read it in two nights and savoured every luscious word, every grim encounter, every startling twist' David Baldacci
'The perfect thriller. I quite literally couldn't put it down' A. J. Finn
'One of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read... one of the most shocking, mind-blowing twists in recent memory' Blake Crouch
'Absolutely brilliant . . . I read it in a state of intense, breathless excitement' Stephen Fry

Totally original and utterly compelling, with a voice all of its own, this is the outstanding new thriller from the no.1 internationally bestselling author of The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides.

...


Advance Praise

"The king of all unreliable narrators, [with] enough twists and turns to power two novels" DAVID BALDACCI

"A proper, grown-up thriller that exudes class from every page... A very special book" JANICE HALLETT

"A classic, twisting, brilliant murder mystery. Clever, and fiendishly fun" CHRIS WHITAKER

"This is a masterclass in suspense. A unique and captivating narrator takes you on a journey filled with twists and finely drawn characters you will treasure. This is probably his best book. Not to be missed."

STEVE CAVANAGH

"Mesmerising – a beguiling labyrinth of twists and surprises, even better than THE SILENT PATIENT. THE FURY is THE MAGUS meets THE SECRET HISTORY on a Greek island paradise where nothing is as it seems, and Alex Michaelides is a master magician, skilfully misdirecting the reader at every turn"

JP DELANEY

"The Fury, like its beguiling narrator, is endlessly evolving, wildly entertaining, and like the very best fiction, impossible to pin down. Just when you think you have it cornered, it moves, impossibly and with stunning flourish, toward a devastating finale. The Talented Mr. Ripley for our time"

BLAKE CROUCH

“You’ll think you know where it’s going and you couldn’t be more wrong.”

LINWOOD BARCLAY

 "A very sophisticated book which takes the format of a classic murder mystery and elevates it to something very devious and clever indeed. The narrator is fabulous - I was thoroughly gripped by his voice and it seems to have been written with great glee. There’s such a tremendous complicity to it even though the reader has no idea how much of what he’s telling is true, even down to the final pages. The way it reveals itself through the layers of the narrative is very well done indeed."

HARRIET TYCE

"The king of all unreliable narrators, [with] enough twists and turns to power two novels" DAVID BALDACCI

"A proper, grown-up thriller that exudes class from every page... A very special book"...


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ISBN 9780241575536
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PAGES 352

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My curiosity was peaked immediately with some of the chapters being told in the first person.

I loved getting to know all of the characters in this book but do we really know who they are!? I love it when a thriller keeps me on my toes.

This book was full of vivid imagery of the surrounds which is one of my favorite elements of a good story, I love to be transported!

The pace of this book was perfect, it was split into Acts, which another interesting way to punctuate the book.

Ultimately there is quite a heartbreaking theme behind the story which made me pause for reflection.

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Expect the unexpected! Believe nothing. Alex Michaelides presents us with another mystery, this time set in a glamorous world of theatre and film. The premise is that someone has been murdered on a remote Greek island. Our narrator Elliot reminds us constantly that he is unreliable and edits and re-edits his story as it unfolds. The ending is startling. We were warned!

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I love Alex Michaelides’ books so I wasn’t surprised to find how much I love The Fury too. Michaelides is a very unique writer. Normally I can quess the ending of a whodunnit but this book had me guessing till the end, which I loved. So many twists and turns….. I can’t wait for Michaelides next book.

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Rating - 4,.5 stars

Wow! An unrealiable narrator at his best!

Thanks Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House & NetGalley for the ARC!

Despite this book being so very popular, suggest readers to blindly dive into this and not read the blurb/synopsis beforehand.

After the sin way peak and dip of #TheSilentPatient and #TheMaidens, I think the author has hit the peak again with #TheFury.

Set in a gorgeous isolated Greek Island, apparently guarded by Aura, the Goddess of the breeze or you know, ‘the fur(y)I’ous wind when she is angry, the narration of the story begins, with backgrounds, recaps from the past and the circumstances leading up to the present.

There’s murder, love, jealousy, hatred, lies, secrets, betrayals, politics, friendships and mind games that turn and twist at impossible angles - you can barely keep up with them all.

As the narrator makes it clear, this is not a ‘whodunnit’, but the focus is more on the ‘whydunnit’. The story unravels layer by layer and what lies at the core of it, will surely make your head spin, wondering whether you read it right or not.

None of the characters are likeable, adding spice to the list of aforesaid eclectic mix ingredients, including this mysterious narrator obviously - but strangely I found him so interesting and was dying to know what he was getting up to!

The ending made me stop right in my tracks, as I struggled to come to terms, grappling with disbelief at the kind of conclusion. Huh! I had no idea what to make of it for a bit.

But that's where the fun lies - when you try to disentangle this story & understand it for what it is! So do give it a try!

Definitely recommend to mystery thriller fans!

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