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Summary

When Alex Morris loses her fiancé in dreadful circumstances, she moves from London to Edinburgh to make a break with the past. Alex accepts a job at a special school, commonly referred to as ‘The Unit’ - it takes on the students expelled from other schools in the city.

These are troubled, difficult young people and Alex is an inexperienced teacher, terrified of what she’s taken on. There is one class - a group of five teenagers - who are particularly intimidating. However, with the help of the Greek tragedies she teaches, Alex gradually develops a rapport with them. But one of her students is learning more than Alex ever intended to teach.

Finding them enthralled by tales of cruel fate and bloody revenge, Alex even begins to worry that they are taking her lessons to heart, and that a whole new tragedy is being performed, right in front of her. The Amber Fury is a beautifully constructed psychological pause resister. It is a dark mystery of a novel about loss, obsession, and the deep and abiding human need to connect.

©2014 Natalie Haynes (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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A stunning tragedy

This is a classy psychological thriller. A woman with a melancholy past arrives in a school for troubled teenagers and begins teaching drama with a focus on Ancient Greek tragedies. As the story unfolds we learn that these archaic stories are still a powerful insight into the human psyche and the class discussions have a profound and unexpected impact on the children. This packs a real emotional punch as the background of what happened to the teacher's boyfrend is slowly revealed and her inner fury is something we can all share with a passion. This builds into a tense drama and the denouement is clever and thoroughly satisfying.
It is not often that a novel can awaken an interest into an area I had not really looked into before but I now find I have a genuine desire to find out more about Ancient Greek drama. I understand this is a real passion of this book's author so she has clearly been successful in transferring her enthusiasm. This is a highly recommended listen.

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If you are going to compare a book to the excellent Donna Tart’s “The Secret History” then at least make sure the book can stand up to that high standard. Yes, this is a book about Classics students and yes, there is a murder, but it lacks the psychological impact and interest. It is as a heavy-handed way of teaching various plot points of Ancient Greek plays and how relevant they are today. The author is more effective in this doing this through her standup. As a yarn it’s ok but that’s about it.

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GREAT story but the mispronounced names IRRITATE!

A really good story that had me gripped from the start! My one BIG problem with it though, is the constant mispronunciation of street names and places! As a person who lived in Edinburgh for nearly 30 years, the mispronounced names, though some might think a trivial thing, grated on my nerves and made the story telling lose so much! Anyone who lived in Edinburgh would KNOW the correct way to pronounce DunDAS Street... CorSTORphine Road... CLERK Street as CLARK not CLERK.... (Also...Valvona and Crolla is most definitely NOT in the new town!!!! lol 😆...but that's a different matter!} All of these things undermined the story a bit for me. Surely someone must CHECK these things?????? but evidently NOT! This has happened in a lot of audible books that I have downloaded... and it is HUGELY irritating!

BUT ....apart from this... it is an EXCELLENT story and I THOROUGHLY recommend it...!!

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Fantastic

A brilliant story, fantastic narration and renewed my interest in Greek mythology. I hope this author writes more.