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The Fury

de Alex Michaelides

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A masterfully paced thriller about a reclusive ex-movie star and her famous friends whose spontaneous trip to a private Greek island is upended by a murder -- from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient 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 sensation: 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.… (mais)
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Well, I'm going to have to go with a 3.5 star rating only because I have barely any recollection of this book. I read it about 2 months ago and it's just not there. I even just looked up a spoiler and didn't trigger anything at all. So, here we are. I remember it's a bunch of people in a house/island. And they're rich. And from the spoiler, I read that the main character is unreliable. I think he's in jail or something at the end? I do remember enjoying listening to it and I listened to it rather quickly. But clearly not good enough that it made that much of an impression that it stayed in my brain. ( )
  Mav-n-Libby | May 20, 2024 |
Written in the style of a play in 5 acts, this unique murder mystery is both a love story and a tragedy.

Lana Farrar owns a private island in Greece. She's a wealthy ex-film star who now lives a quiet life with her son, Leo, and second husband, Jason Miller, in London. Due to some recent circumstances and events, she decides to whisk her family and 2 of her closest friends off to Aura (the island) for Easter weekend. Accompanying her family are the playwright Elliott Chase and actress Kate Crosby. The only others who will be on the island for that getaway include Lana's assistant and housekeeper, Agathi, and the island caretaker, Nikos, who lives there full time.

Seven people on the beautiful island for an escape from the weather in England, among other things. Unfortunately, every now and then, the small island is beset by fierce Aegean winds known locally as to menos, which means the fury. Often this wind can cut the residents off from the mainland as boats cannot cross.

So, we have the setting. We have the 7 actors. Now, the main part: the plot or the story. Told directly to the reader by the narrator and one of the main characters, Elliott Chase, is quite the twisty tale. But how reliable is Elliott? As he tells us, every story and character has 3 words -- "motivation, intention, and goal."

At the end of the weekend, someone has been murdered and one of the others has obviously done it since they are all stranded there. And that is when it all gets very interesting.

What a way to tell a good story! I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style and the plot. Several surprises and a nice pace kept me hooked to the pages so I had trouble putting the book down. It certainly did not end the way I had anticipated, and I do love that when I'm cleverly fooled.

I listened to the audiobook that I got from my local library while also reading along with the e-book ARC provided by the publisher. I love doing this as I can fully immerse myself into the novel. I liked the voice of the book's narrator, Alex Jennings, who did a pretty good job with all the characters but I always wish to have a female voice for the women. The crazy thing, though, was that at several times during my experience, the text did not match the audio. Sections had been moved around to a different place in the book so I had to scramble to go back and forth to stay in sync. Since mine was an ARC, this might be fixed by publication, but it was jarring at the time.

Overall, a fun read that I enjoyed very much. ( )
  CelticLibrarian | May 20, 2024 |
3.5 stars, this isn't really a mystery or thriller, it's more of a messy friend group and their jealousy and bickering. It's fine, it's quick, but it's predictable as far as the character let's you see. ( )
  KallieGrace | May 8, 2024 |
The Fury is a slow burn murder mystery thriller with an isolated, atmospheric setting. Lana Farrar is a famous retired movie star. She has invited all of her close friends to spend Easter with her on her private Greek Island.
Elliot Chase is the narrator of the unfolding events and reveals the background of all the characters and how they come to be on the island. He is the ultimate unreliable narrator and has a confiding, conversational manner. There are seven people on the island when a murder occurs leaving six suspects. A raging windstorm "The Fury" is occurring leaving no possibility of outside help.
The characters are complex and interesting, and the narrative is well written and skillfully constructed. The story is slow to start but ramps up by the second half. The reader is swept up in the unravelling twists and turns. The book is structured like a play in the style of a Greek tragedy. The Fury is a clever and engaging thriller. ( )
1 vote PennyOlson | Mar 13, 2024 |
Not my favorite by this author. ( )
  Suem330 | Mar 9, 2024 |
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A masterfully paced thriller about a reclusive ex-movie star and her famous friends whose spontaneous trip to a private Greek island is upended by a murder -- from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient 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 sensation: 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.

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