Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg
A compulsive and chilling debut about a girl growing up in a cult
We 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.
Here's what #HCCFirstLook readers thought!
“Overall, Foxlowe is a chilling tale that compels you to keep reading, and hides all the horror with a child’s voice. A horrifying, dark read turned light and happy and twisted by a naive child.”—Juliann G.
“Foxlowe is one of those books that makes you feel uneasy from the second you start reading it. The dark undertones are present immediately and they never dissipate.”—Maria C.
“The novel is chilling right from the start — because Green does not know everything the adults are up to, neither do we. However, there are enough hints about the adults’ dangerous behaviour that we soon realize something is seriously wrong at Foxlowe.”—Kelsi H.
“The narration is insightful and well written with dark elements of despair hidden behind such innocence. It kept me going even though I could guess where it would end and even then it left me in a state of defeat because no amount of wishing could prevent the inevitable.”—Tayyaba S.
“It takes a strong plot, well-defined characters and originality for a book to grip my interest from the first to last page, and Foxlowe did just that.”—Ashley G.
“I absolutely loved it! I couldn’t put it down. A very dark and compelling novel. The characters are raw and captivating. Too, I was very pleased with Wasserberg’s writing. She has a firm grasp on the modern Gothic genre.”—Emily P.
“Attempting to explain a confusing social dynamic through the eyes of a child is a struggle, though this book did it very well.”—Robynne H.
“The overall themes of childhood, corruption, betrayal, and idealism made Foxlowe very mysterious and intriguing.”—Michaela