The novel Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland is very interesting story of a supernatural struggle that involves the Greek mythological figures of the Furies and one young lady. Set in a modern world, Justina Ireland uses the characters and background story of the Furies to paint a suspenseful and thrilling story.
Cory Graff is a young lady who just wants to be a normal teenager, finish high school, and kill the one person who did her a very great injustice. However, she has these three companions, the Furies, who she must control because they have a habit of killing men who are guilty of evil. How do you stay normal and under the radar when you have a dead body of an abuser at your feet? What happens when the Furies want to hunt, and their pull is so great that you cannot help but go along with them? What happens when you find love, but you have this great secret that would drive anyone away?
I listened to the audiobook version of Vengeance Bound and I enjoyed it. Eve Bianco is the narrator and I think her voice was perfect for this story. Her pacing and voicing of the characters were right on point.
My favorite things about the book are the subtle use of suspense and the contrast between the central character’s supernatural struggle and the triteness of high school life.
This is a good read that keeps your attention all the way through the book. Sight warning, if you do not like violence or are sensitive to abusive situations, then this might be a little too much for you. Justina handles this content in a very good way and only uses it when necessary to move the story. This is a good read for people who like magical realism or thrillers.
Justina Ireland is one of the executive editors of FIYAH Literary Magazine. A magazine dedicated to speculative short fiction by black authors. I love this magazine. She also has a new book coming out in April 2018, Dread Nation.
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