The Followers

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9781447224761

By Rebecca Wait

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The arresting new novel from the author of The View on the Way Down

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15 May 2016

Jenny Cooper

A very vivid portrayal of life within a cult. In this case Stephanie is the targeted victim, living a somewhat unfulfilled life with her daughter Judith in “Gehenna”, the outside world. She is pursued relentlessly by the cult leader, a charismatic individual with a lust for both power and control. She falls for his manipulation hook, line and sinker and joins a small community of other “followers” who are equally under his spell. The climax is nothing short of cataclysmic.

The book comes across as being completely plausible which only serves to make it more frightening. Once upon a time these were all “ordinary” people. It is both a powerful and an unsettling novel, with an underlying sense of foreboding throughout. It is also an extremely good read and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

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