February 13

Book Review: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

February 13, 2016

From Goodreads:
Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years.

At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed.

This book has been on the bestseller list forever, and it made sooooooo many “Best of 2015” lists that I knew I wanted to check it out. After waiting forever for my hold to come in from the library, here are my thoughts:

On the Plus Side:

  • Groff has a beautiful style of writing. If you enjoy language above all else, then you will appreciate her style.
  • I loved the home featured in the second half of the book. I could totally see myself living in a house like Lotto and Mathilde’s.

On the Minus Side:

  • I found this book to have a VERY slow start, and the action never really picked up for me. If you are a fan of language and writing, then maybe you will appreciate this novel more, but I need some action…..something to keep me hooked on a book.
  • Most of the characters were truly annoying and I found it difficult to really connect with any of them….maybe Rachel, but she was a relatively minor character.
  • I had heard that the second half is much better than the first, which is why I hung in there on this book, but alas this was not true. This book was pretty boring from start to finish.
  • The end wrapped up a little too tidily for me (which if you know my reading style is a pet peeve of mine). I didn’t find it believable or enjoyable.

This book has WAY more hype than it deserves. In my opinion, there are far better books out there for you to enjoy (just peruse some of my other reviews to find something that will meet your needs). I am a little frustrated that I wasted so much time on this one!

Have you read Fates and Furies? What did you think?

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Posted February 13, 2016 by Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings in category "book review


  1. By Sarah's Book Shelves on

    It’s been awhile since I read this book, so I kind of forget the ending…and I definitely don’t remember Rachel, but now I kind of want to look back!

    However, I agree the beginning was slow going, but I did love the second half and did love her gorgeous writing. Writing can carry a book for me though…

    1. By Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings (Post author) on

      I sometimes think that a book strikes you differently depending on what you are experiencing in life when you read it. I just think I might not have read this one at the right time. I did love the writing, and there are books that the writing carries me through. The more I think about it, I think I just didn’t like the dysfunction of their relationship despite moments where it seems ideal (and I so don’t think I’m explaining that well). I know it’s been a hit, so I do think part of it was just me….

  2. By Katie @ Doing Dewey on

    I feel like the reviews I’ve read of this book have been mixed, so I’ve not made an effort to pick it up myself. Given that, I’m kind glad to hear that you aren’t urging everyone to go pick it up :)


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