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I just loved this book. It is a real page turned and so well researched. There are some great characters in the book and the scene is set so well. It is an area that I haven't read too much about - but it is certainly thought provoking. Biblical - and yet not biblical! A very satisfying read and I was sorry to get to the end. I await Charity Norman's next book as I have enjoyed everyone she has written so far.
Just one slight criticism - as a lot of the characters had their names changed to place names there were times when I had to think who was who, but I could see the reasoning behind the name changes.
I highly recommend this as a very insightful read...
I really loved this book; it was so much more than I expected even though I have read and enjoyed books by Charity Norman before. When I saw it was centred around a 'cult' I was expecting it to be sensationalist in its portrayal but actually it was so much better thought out than that and really portrayed a diversity of characters and what they got out of such a sense of belonging. The family at home was also beautifully crafted as it could have been any one of us and that somehow made it more powerful. You empathised with all the characters, perhaps with the exception of Hamish and many of them have stories of their own that are hinted at throughout. It was part family drama, part thriller and even part romance: it had everything! It was novel that was both heartbreaking but also heart warming and I loved it!
I have read a couple of Charity's novels and they never disappoint. She manages to take everyday situations but twists them in a credible way to craft gripping and moving stories. Both See you and September and After The Fall have stories that have stayed with me long after finishing them - not something I can always say about a novel. See you in September is beautifully written, the characters are well developed and believable and it is a compelling read.
This was superb. It was recommended to me. I’m not always keen on recommendations but this paid off in spades. Charity has a particular style of writing - not too florid, quite matter of fact but full of observation. She invests quickly and well in her characters. Such that I felt extremely sympathetic to the core family. I will not spoil the story for others. I have already earmarked her other books. I can in turn highly recommend this to first time readers of her book craft.
I absolutely loved this, it's the first book by Charity Norman that I've read and I look forward to reading more of her work. This one was gripping, I read it in one go and even dreamt about it last night. It was fascinating reading how Cassy was seduced by the cult and it's members. I almost wanted to go and live in Gethsamene myself! Amazing bok and I'll be recommending it to everyone!
Thought this might not be a very good book when I started it, full of too many people with silly names. But I stick with it and found it very enjoyable. Charity Norman's books are well written and as someone who normally reads murder and mayhem i found them refreshingly different.
A story about a young women taken in by what transpires to be a cult, telling of her transitioning into a fully fledged believer in the group’s ideals, and the devastation she leaves behind her by cutting off her family back home. Gripping, even with my crazy, busy life I found time to read, always a sign of a great book if I can actually find time to keep turning the pages (or swiping the screen!)
Interesting idea but for me it never really took off. Very irritating main characters, nothing much really happens and you can guess the ending. Hard to keep track of all the cult members so many names. Very underwhelming read, just not for me.
FIVE STARS WITH NO HESITATION. Stories are easy to follow, characters are very believable and it leaves you questioning things in your own life.This author is amazing and her books have a truly inspiring plots with twist and turns through out them. I struggled to concentrate through lockdown and happened stumble across this book. I couldn't put it down and finished reading it in three days. In three weeks I've read all her books. AMAZING
Most books sit on my bedside table in a pile and are read in some random round robin fashion. I bought this one three days ago and I finished it today. Some books tell you the end and still grip you all the way through. This is one (and actually you don't know as much about the end as you think...) The book traces the long, sinister journey by which cults draw in new members. It is really a horrible process and I found it quite disturbing. The book is lightened by the author's obvious love of the nature of New Zealand, of children and indeed of people in general. A great read.