Freelance writer living in Perth, Western Australia.
Published February 14th 2019
Louisa Ditton has had a more than unremarkable life. Passed from parents to grandparents to a boarding school for girls where they beat and abused her, she's now on the streets, trying to survive by any means necessary. Even if that means beguiling people into thinking that she can tell fortunes by reading their palms.
When a mysterious old woman offers her a job at Coldthistle House as a maid, Louisa thinks her luck might change. With a steady job, she could save some money and maybe one day, head back to Ireland. Perhaps even pilfer a trinket or two from the sprawling estate, help fill her purse and be on her way just that little bit quicker...
As she meets the rest of the staff, little Poppy who isn't as innocent as she looks, Mrs Haylam who is head of the staff, stern but fair, Chijioke the groundskeeper and Mary, who is eerily familiar to Louisa, she soon discovers there is more to Coldthistle house than first meets the eye, even more so when the gets that come to stay never seem to make it out alive...
Then there is her new employer, Mr Morningside. Strange and mysterious, there's just something not quite right about him and Louisa is determined to discover just exactly what that is even if it means having to stay at Coldthistle house just a little bit longer than expected.
The first in the House of Furies series, Madeline Roux delivers a macabre and enthralling novel, armed with a bevy of interesting characters and a story that will leave you eager for the next instalment, Court of Shadows. With its unique approach to storytelling, featuring beautiful illustrations throughout the novel, this darkly magical novel will have you hooked until the end.