The Fury by Alex Michaelides
Published January 16, 2024 by Celadon Books
Date read: December 29, 2023
Elliot – narrator, Lana’s friend, has feelings for her
Lana – movie star
Kate – Lana’s friend
Jason – possibly Lana’s husband
Agathi – Lana’s housekeeper
Leo – Lana’s son
Nikos – island local, has feelings for Lana
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The Plot (from Goodreads):
This is a tale of murder.
Or maybe that’s not quite true. At its heart, it’s a love story, isn’t it?
Lana Farrar is a reclusive ex–movie star and one of the most famous women in the world. Every year, she invites her closest friends to escape the English weather and spend Easter on her idyllic private Greek island.
I tell you this because you may think you know this story. You probably read about it at the time ― it caused a real stir in the tabloids, if you remember. It had all the necessary ingredients for a press a celebrity; a private island cut off by the wind…and a murder.
We found ourselves trapped there overnight. Our old friendships concealed hatred and a desire for revenge. What followed was a game of cat and mouse ― a battle of wits, full of twists and turns, building to an unforgettable climax. The night ended in violence and death, as one of us was found murdered.
But who am I?
My name is Elliot Chase, and I’m going to tell you a story unlike any you’ve ever heard.
How did The Fury end?
Alex Michaelides is back! Here’s where we stand: I loved The Silent Patient, and read it right around the time I was getting back into reading. I was a little bored by The Maidens. I’d say The Fury falls in between the two, closer to my enjoyment of The Silent Patient–so I definitely recommend it!
I really enjoyed how the story was told. The narrator, Elliot, tells the story like he’s chatting to a friend in a bar. This was especially effective on audio, and it made it such an enjoyable listen. It made me chuckle when Elliot would talk directly to the listener. The audiobook narrator knocked the performance out of the park! I’m so glad I listened to the audio version.
I loved the way the story unfolded. In Act I a scene is presented to the reader, and in each following act more perspective is revealed. The characters are very well thought out with a lot of background, and it’s presented in a way that is enjoyable to read.
The book is an extremely quick read or listen, and although I wanted more, I think it was the perfect pace and length to tell the story without too much fluff.
Similar to The Maidens, the book loosely nods to Michaelides’ previous two books.
Very well done!
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