This book contains affiliate links. Last year, I read a few really good books, but most were meh. This year, I decided to revisit some of my favorite authors and read their other books. Since I loved The Silent Patient, I put myself on the library wait list for the new book, The Fury by Alex Michaelides. While I enjoyed this book, it wasn’t nearly as good as The Silent Patient.
About The Fury by Alex Michaelides
From the first chapter, the reader knows this book is about a murder on an island. However, we don’t know who was murdered, nor who did it.
The narrator tells the story of Lana Farrar, a talented actress who gave up her career when she had a child. One Easter, Lana invites the narrator and another actress, Kate, to the Greek island her first husband bought her. Also on the island are Lana’s son, Leo, the property caretaker, Nikos, Lana’s housekeeper, Agathi, and Lana’s second husband, Jason.
As the reader progresses through the story, we learn that each person had a motive for murder, though some have reasons stronger than others.
My Thoughts on the Book
Honestly, by the second half of the book, I did not know how much further the narrator could go with the story. At that point, the murder had already occured, and it seemed time to reveal who dun it. But, no, the narrator goes deeper into the story several more times before revealing the ultimate outcome in the last few pages.
Because of the plot twist in The Silent Patient, I knew Michaelides would likely have a plot twist in The Fury, and I was not wrong. However, he had not one but several plot twists, and each one left me less satisfied with the story.
In addition, the story is narrated in first person, but there are times when the narrator is not privvy to the events with some other characters. During that time, the narration shifts to omniscient, which interrupted the story line. How could the narrator tell the story when he didn’t know what actually happened so the writer needed to shift to a different narrator?
In the end, while this book kept me reading, I was not satisfied with the overall story. If you want to read an excellent book by Michaelides, read The Silent Patient. You won’t be disappointed.
I give The Fury by Alex Michaelides 3.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.