I love reading, always have. Sadly the days of lounging around on holiday with a suitcase full of books are behind me until Monkey is considerably older. But I always try to read before I go to sleep every night, even if it’s only a few pages. Atlantic Books have sent me some great books recently. I finished The Amber Fury a few weeks ago, and really enjoyed it.
The Amber Fury is written by Natalie Haynes and tells the story of Alex Morris and the events that follow a move away from tragedy.
From the start of this psychological thriller we know that something awful happened in Alex’s life in London, She’s run away from London and her life as a Director in theatreland. She starts working in a Pupil Referral Unit for a friend in Edinburgh. We get to know her and a group of teenagers in one of her groups.
It did take a while for me to really get to grips with this book, but I liked the way that the story flipped between the last, the present and the diary of one of the students. I was intrigued to find out what had happened before the move to Scotland and what was going to happen now.
Alex Morris loves Greek Tragedies and uses the plays to try to reach this group of children, getting them to question their lives and think about emotions, consequences and actions.
Without ruining the story of The Amber Fury for you, I did guess what had happened in London fairly early on, but not the circumstances. But as for what happened in the present, no I didn’t see it coming.
The Amber Fury was an enjoyable read, it didn’t totally grab my attention, but I did want to finish it and liked the unexpected ending.
disclaimer: we were sent this book in exchange for an honest review