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This takes a look at cult-following, from the perspectives of the follower and of her subsequently abandoned family members. It suggests how emotional manipulation can estrange a person from loved ones and examines the fragility of our perceptions of family and indeed, love. It works, to a large degree, yet fails to convince from all angles; would someone so effectively brainwashed over a period of years so readily revert back to her old self after just a few days of visiting home, really? And, how convenient that the protagonist gained a new perspective just in time to recognise - and subsequently avoid - the destructive finale which was planned for the commune!
I found it all a bit contrived, to make the story work, which subsequently diminished the authenticity of the characters.
I know this type of thing (cults) does happen, and it was interesting to see it from both sides. Personally I found the main character a bit annoying and naive but that was just a personal opinion. A well written book, by a very good story teller, not one of my favorites, but as I said that's just because of the subject matter.