The Fury, Alex Michaelides

The Fury opening lines: Never open a book with the weather. Who was it who said that? I can’t remember – some famous writer, I expect.

The Fury

My blurb:

Elliot is so unsure of himself that he cannot declare his love for Lana. But he feels he can do what people think he is good at, and write a play. The characters will speak his lines, everyone will exit stage left (or right) as guided, and things will go to plan. But, life is not theatre, as we will all soon find out.

The Fury
This is a tale of murder.
Or maybe that’s not quite true. At its heart, it’s a love story, isn’t it?
One spring morning, reclusive ex-movie star Lana Farrar invites a small group of her closest friends for a weekend away, on her small private island, just off the coast of Mykonos.
Beneath the surface, old friendships conceal violent passions and resentments. And in forty-eight hours, one of them will be dead.
But that was just the beginning…
You may think you know this story. Think again.
My verdict:

I had up and down moments when reading this book. I never felt fully engaged with the writing itself. Somehow the narration irked me slightly. But the story had me hooked, wanting to know what happened and how everything tied up in the end. If you like a good plot and books written in the first person, then this one’s for you.

About the Author:

Alex Michaelides was born and raised in Cyprus. He has an M.A. in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and an M.A. in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient was his first novel, debuting at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and has sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide. The rights have been sold in a record-breaking 51 countries, and the book has been optioned for film by Plan B. His second novel, The Maidens, was an instant New York Times bestseller and has been optioned for television by Miramax Television and Stone Village.

Publishing information:
ISBN 9780241575543
Format Trade Paperback
Published February 2024

Penguin Random House South Africa sent me this novel to review.

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4 thoughts on “The Fury, Alex Michaelides

  1. Hmmm, this sounds interesting although your comments about not engaging with the writing are off putting.

    1. It is so difficult to recommend, even if the book was good. Dave didn’t comment about what he thought, and I am going to lend it to a friend as she has said she would like to read it. So, I will see what she says 🙂

  2. The Fury” by Alex Michaelides is a captivating read that delves into the complexities of the human psyche. Thanks for highlighting this gripping novel—we’re intrigued to explore its thrilling narrative and compelling characters.

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