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.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
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...
'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
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
|Publication date:||6th March 2014|
|Publisher:||Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Natalie 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. CLICK HERE to download an exclusive Twinterview where Joss Whedon chats with Natalie Haynes Picture Credit: Dan MershMore About Natalie Haynes