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Foxlowe

by Eleanor Wasserberg

Modern and Contemporary Fiction Family Drama Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Debut Books of the Month eBooks of the Month Literary Fiction

LoveReading Expert Review of Foxlowe

January 2017 Debut of the Month.

One of our Books of the Year 2016.

Green, her little sister Blue and October - known as Toby - are children growing up in Foxlowe, a huge old home on the moors. They run free, and play endlessly, and don't go to school, but they are also part of a cult, "the Family", obsessed with keeping out "the Bad". They're forced to endure the pain of "Spike Walks" if they don't behave in the way in which they are supposed to, and they grasp, dangerously in the end, for any scrap of affection thrown their way. Eleanor Wasserberg tells her story from the perspective of Green, from her outrage at the arrival of her new sister Blue, to their bonding, and then Green's eventual betrayal. It's unsettling and persuasive, impressively well-executed and, at the last, utterly disturbing. I'm still flinching away from thinking about the final scene.

If you liked Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg try The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides or We Were Liars by E Lockhart.

June 2016 Debut of the Month.

Alison Flood

Foxlowe Synopsis

';Unrelentingly eerie . . . packed with subtle, skin-crawling suspense . . . When it comes to crafting an immersive atmosphere of fear and unease, Foxlowe is a delicious slice of darkness.'NPRAn astonishing literary debut about a young girl's coming of age in the haunting, enchanting world of an English communea modern gothic novel with echoes of Room and Never Let Me Go Foxlowe is a crumbling old house in the moorsa wild, secluded, and magical place. For Green, it is not just home, but everything she knows. Outside, people live in little square houses, with unhappy families and tedious jobs. At Foxlowe, Green runs free through the hallways and orchards, in the fields and among the Standing Stones. Outside, people are corrupted by money. At Foxlowe, the Family shares everything. Outside, the Bad is everywhere. At Foxlowe, everyone in the Family is safeas long as they follow Freya's rules and perform her rituals. But as Green's little sister, Blue, grows up, she shows more and more interest in the Outside. Before long she starts to talk about becoming a Leaver. . . . Building inexorably to its terrifying climax, Foxlowe tells a chilling, irresistible story of superstition and survival, betrayal and redemption, and a utopia gone badly wrong.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781524755652
Publication date: 4th April 2017
Author: Eleanor Wasserberg
Publisher: Books on Tape Books on Tape
Format: Ebook
Primary Genre Family Drama
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Foxlowe Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Hannah Smith - 'Once I was fully immersed in the world of Foxlowe I found that I never wanted to leave. A thought-provoking read with beautifully descriptive writing throughout, it really was quite extraordinary!'
  • Sarah Harper - 'I cannot get this book out of my head. Disturbing and yet compelling at the same time, Foxlowe is completely and utterly compulsive.'
  • Catherine Hogwood - 'A unique story of family, commitments and elements of control which will question how far people will go and why.'
  • Vikki Patis - 'Wasserberg writes such horrors with a steady hand and beautiful prose.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'This is a wonderful, dark, unnerving story.'
  • Glynis Elliott - 'Very atmospheric and descriptive. However, I wouldn't say it was enjoyable due to the subject matter, but very readable.'
  • Glenda Worth - 'An unusual tale of an alternative way of living based at a house called ‘Foxlowe’. The main character 'Green' tells the story of the commune and how it evolves.'
  • Catherine Bryce - 'A brilliant, eerily, keep turning the pages story.'
  • Wendy Stubbs - 'This is a strange story which took me quite a while to get into.'
  • Carolyn Huckfield - 'A tragic and disturbing story with violence as well as joy in the Foxlowe commune. And what this life does to the children is the real tragedy of Foxlowe.'
  • Vicky-Leigh Sayer - 'Foxlowe is an atmospheric novel. Creepy and claustrophobic with some deeply flawed characters. It will have you turning its pages frantically wanting to discover its ending which doesn't disappoint.'
  • Humaira Kauser - 'An extraordinary read and impossible to put down.'
  • Katie Hoare - 'The ending is quite reflective told by Green as an adult and how she sees the house as the grown up and how others may perceive it.'
  • Julie Bertschin  - 'A strange and unsettling story...An intoxicating and disturbing read!'
  • Laura Delve - 'I am not denying that this book was clever and well written, I just felt completely detached from this whole story.'

Eleanor Wasserberg Press Reviews

'Mesmerising, gripping and beautifully written. It completely sweeps you up from beginning to end. I loved it'
Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat

'Wasserberg has a strong and distinctive voice and this is an excellent debut'
Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go

'An extraordinary, astonishing story of a girl's longing for motherly love. Beautifully harrowing, and powerfully haunting, it is the most heartbreaking tale I have read this year'
Liz Nugent, author of Unravelling Oliver

Other editions of this book

ISBN: 9781524755652
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Format: Ebook

ISBN: 9780008164102
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008164089
Publication date: 02/06/2016
Format: Hardback

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About Eleanor Wasserberg

Eleanor Wasserberg is a graduate of the Creative Writing Programme at the University of East Anglia. Originally from Staffordshire, she now lives in Norwich.

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