Foxlowe by Eleanor WasserbergFoxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg

Foxlowe

byEleanor Wasserberg

Paperback | June 14, 2016

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A compulsive and chilling debut about a girl growing up in a cult'Will lure you in - then cut to the kill'GuardianWe were the Family, and Foxlowe was our home.There was me - my name is Green - and my little sister, Blue. There was October, who we called Toby, and Ellensia, Dylan, Liberty, Pet and Egg. There was Richard, of course, who was one of the Founders. And there was Freya.We were the Family, but we weren't just an ordinary family. We were a new, better kind of family.We didn't need to go to school, because we had a new, better kind of education. We shared everything. We were close to the ancient way of living and the ancient landscape. We knew the moors, and the standing stones. We celebrated the solstice in the correct way, with honey and fruit and garlands of fresh flowers. We knew the Bad and we knew how to keep it away.And we had Foxlowe, our home. Where we were free.There really was no reason for anyone to want to leave.'Wonderfully tense'Emerald Street
Eleanor Wasserberg is a graduate of the Creative Writing Programme at the University of East Anglia. Originally from Staffordshire, she now lives in Norwich.
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Title:FoxloweFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pagesPublished:June 14, 2016Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for me! I started to read this book and got about 1/3 into it and it was just not for me.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Weird and wonderful the narrative voice in this novel was so odd and i loved it! Reading a novel from the POV of someone who is so entangled in this alternative living commune was both interesting and terrifying. Wasserberg's voice and narrative arc are so strong!
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay not exactly a thriller but a bit eerie and odd. It was hard getting into the style of writing.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eerie I loved this book, and throughout my reading I had such an eerie feeling about many of the characters and the way that they lived. I have always found cults fascinating, and a fiction book from the perspective of a child growing up within the commune did not disappoint.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nothing thrilling about this "thriller". The premise and characters are engaging at first but this book is SLOW and after half way when you expect something more, it gets even slower. I feel like it had a lot of potential but missed the mark. Disappointed.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Coming of age in a commune Foxlowe is Eleanor Wasserberg's debut novel. I loved the cover - creepy, Gothic looking manor - there can only be a good story lurking behind those rusty closed gates. Foxlowe is the name of the estate, tucked away in the moors and crumbling into ruin. But it is home to a number of people living communally. There are three children in the group. One barely remembers the 'Outside', one was born in the house and one arrived as a baby. Their world is Foxlowe - they've never traveled outside it's confines. The narrator of the story is Green - the girl born in the house. While the adults believe they are living in an idyllic world, this is far from the truth. Relationships begin to crumble, the rituals meant to keep their collective safe don't seem to have the same power and as the children grow, some of them begin to wonder what is Outside the gates. Is it truly the Bad that they've been warned about? Green's voice is by turns fierce, frightened, clear and confused. The three have no reference beyond what they have learned from the adults in the group. I desperately wanted to rescue them. Freya is the leader of the group and oh, she was easy to despise. We can see that many of her rules and ceremonies are harmful, yet the Family seem to blithely accept them. Descriptions of the house were detailed - I had a vivid sense of place. I literally couldn't put the book down, caught up in this 'utopian' setting. The arrival of the end of part one caught me unawares. I had unanswered questions! Part two takes a circuitous route from present to past that again, only encourages the reader to keep turning pages late into the night. The last chapter and especially the last paragraph were unexpected, negating the ending I anticipated. One last shiver before I closed the cover. I really enjoyed Foxlowe. I had no idea where Wasserberg was going to take her story - I quite appreciate a book being unpredictable
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting I read this when it was published, and I still occasionally think of this story. It's a beautiful story as much as it is a completely terrifying one. I would recommend this book strongly.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very different I loved reading this haunting book that stayed with me. I fell in love with the main character and all the other's really stick with you too. This is very different than my usual read so I loved that. I read the last few pages over and over, I couldn't get over the ending. One of those books you read over again. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hauntingly beautiful This very quickly jumped to the top of my favourites list, my all time favourites, which is a hard pull! I loved it more than I can share, and mostly for unknown reasons. It was just so....beautiful. The descriptions, the writing, the characters, I just wanted to stay with them forever, and also run screaming. I can't get over how much I adore this book.
Date published: 2016-08-29

Editorial Reviews

'This fable will lure you in - then cut to the kill' Sarah Perry, Guardian'Meticulously conceived and darkly compelling. Underpinning the claustrophobic horror is a parable of unchecked sibling rivalry, a girl's desperate need for motherly love and the knotted consequences of childhood trauma' Observer'A richly atmospheric Gothic debut . . . meticulous, intimate and compelling. Foxlowe may give up its secrets, in the end, but it never gives up its hold' Irish Times'An accomplished debut . . . the ending [is] like a punch to the throat' Independent'Unsettling and persuasive, impressively well executed and, at the last, utterly disturbing. I'm still flinching away from thinking about the final scene' Alison Flood, Lovereading'Mesmerising, gripping and beautifully written. It completely sweeps you up from beginning to end. I loved it' Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat'Wasserberg has a strong and distinctive voice and this is an excellent debut' Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go'An extraordinary, astonishing story of a girl's longing for motherly love. Beautifully harrowing, and powerfully haunting, it is the most heartbreaking tale I have read this year' Liz Nugent, author of Unravelling Oliver'I thoroughly enjoyed this vivid and claustrophobic coming-of-age debut' Tasha Kavanagh, author of Things We Have in Common'Dissonant, haunting and superbly atmospheric. An immensely subtle and profoundly affecting debut' Paraic O'Donnell, author of The Maker of Swans