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The Amber Fury by Natalie Haynes
  

The Amber Fury

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March 2014 Debut of the Month.

Despite borrowing both plot and inspiration from the Classics, The Amber Fury remains an easy, accessible read. Escaping the sudden and cruel loss of her fiancé, Alex moves from London to start a new life in Edinburgh, but she can’t resist the pull of the past and unbeknownst to her, her pupils (and one in particular) become entangled in a further tragedy of Greek proportions. A psychological teaser which combines both menace and tension in equal measures.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. When Alex’s fiancée is murdered, her life falls apart. Bitter at the light sentence of the murderer and unable to cope with her loss Alex becomes deeply depressed and uninterested in life. With the help of a kind friend she is given the chance of a fresh start, working in a pupil referral unit in a school in Edinburgh, where she turns to the Greek tragedies as a way to connect to her difficult charges. The tension ratchets up and emotions run high throughout this debut novel by an exciting new talent.
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Reader Reviews

  • Kath Martin - 'This is an exceptionally well-written first novel.  I found it dark, moody, and terribly sad.' Read full review >
  • Clair Chaytors - 'An absolutely amazing story with an ending you will not foresee.' Read full review > 
  • Sarah White - 'I wanted to cancel everything just to keep reading this book.' Read full review >
  • Anita Wallas - 'Greek Tragedy with a 21st century twist in a compelling tale of obsession, loss and retribution.' Read full review >
  • Lynda De Freitas - 'A great debut novel...This book was full of mystery, obsession, loss, anger and guilt and kept me enthralled from start to finish.' Read full review >
  • Nikki Whitmore - 'A very modern tragedy.... I found myself hurrying to get through the pages - I was desperate to know what was going on. At the end, I was thwarted, I thought I'd worked out the twist - I was wrong!' Read full review >
  • Rebecca Whymark - 'A suspense filled page turner from start to end.' Read full review >
  • Liz Lyons - 'Cancel all meetings and engagements...A truly compelling read and a must for fans of Donna Tartt's Secret History.' Read full review >
  • Cyllene Griffiths - 'I would thoroughly recommend this novel...it is beautifully written and well-paced, resulting in a page turner delivering pathos and anticipation – a really good psychological thriller.' Read full review >
  • Sara McLaughlin - 'An enjoyable book dealing with tragedy, healing and how just when you think things are starting to go well for you – there can still be unforeseen troubles up ahead. A dark tale, very well told.' Read full review >
  • Margaret Madden - 'Alex is making a break from her past and takes a job teaching troubled teens.  Reading the Greek Tragedies seems to hold their interest, but when her past is discovered, things take a nasty turn.' Read full review >
  • Tess  Olson - 'Wow! The storyline reels you in slowly until nothing else matters more than getting to the end of the book. Very satisfying read.' Read full review >
  • Jocelyn Garvey - 'A book of love and loss. Can exploration of Greek tragedy unlock hidden emotions?'  Read full review >
  • Rachel Bridgeman - 'This is an amazing book, as a debut it comes across as self-assured with a very definite author voice.' Read full review >

Synopsis

The Amber Fury by Natalie Haynes

When you open up, who will you let in? When Alex Morris loses her fiance in dreadful circumstances, she moves from London to Edinburgh to make a break with the past. Alex takes a job at a Pupil Referral Unit, which accepts the students excluded from other schools in the city. These are troubled, difficult kids and Alex is terrified of what she's taken on. There is one class - a group of five teenagers - who intimidate Alex and every other teacher on The Unit. But with the help of the Greek tragedies she teaches, Alex gradually develops a rapport with them. Finding them enthralled by tales of cruel fate and bloody revenge, she even begins to worry that they are taking her lessons to heart, and that a whole new tragedy is being performed, right in front of her...

Reviews

'A handsomely structured psychological mystery, and a moving exploration of grief' -- Lionel Shriver

'Haynes debut is not only a gripping thriller, but also a beautifully drawn portrait of grief and how we find our way back to life. I loved it.' -- Madeline Miller, author of THE SONG OF ACHILLES

'Gripping and elegiac, funny and achingly sad, Haynes tale pulls you along like a river to the falls. Hypnotic' -- Joss Whedon, creator of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and screenwriter of TOY STORY

'A gripping first novel...impossible to put down.' -- Herman Koch, author of the international bestseller, THE DINNER

'Compelling, wise, compassionate, and devastating, Natalie Haynes masterfully-wrought drama of rage, loss and redemption stirs both contemplation and tears. Her debut marks the arrival of a forceful, thrilling new talent' -- Liz Jenson, bestselling author of THE UNINVITED and THE RAPTURE

About the Author

Natalie Haynes

natelie hatnes interviewNatalie Haynes is a writer, broadcaster, reviewer and classicist. She was once a stand-up comic, but retired when she realised she preferred tragedy to comedy. Always keen to be paid for what she would be reading anyway, she judged the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2010, The Women's Prize for Fiction in 2012, and the Man Booker Prize in 2013. The Amber Fury is her first novel.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th March 2014

Author

Natalie Haynes

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Author's Website

www.nataliehaynes.com/

Publisher

Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Thriller / Suspense
Debuts of the Month
Family Drama
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781782392750

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