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Summary

Cassy's a backpacking student travelling around New Zealand - until the day she accepts a lift in a van full of smiling strangers; her life is changed forever. She's soon entangled in Gethsemane, a community led by Justin Calvin, a visionary leader with a violent past. As Cassy falls under Gethsemane's spell, a new identity is built for her. But when her father's illness reunites her with her family, she's forced to confront the hidden darkness of her world.

©2017 Charity Norman (P)2017 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"Will appeal to devotees of Joanna Trollope and Jodi Picoult...(Norman) is hot on their heels." ( Dail Mail on Freeing Grace)

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Brilliant

Evocative and gripping - couldn't put it down (or turn it off).

Excellent story, excellent narration.

My only gripe -and it's a minor one- is that as a Kiwi, hearing New Zealand place names mangled by supposedly NZ characters is really jarring - wish the production team had done the ten minutes research necessary to sort that out in advance.

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A thought provoking and interesting read

Thoroughly enjoyed this story. a gripping listen . Great narrator. The ending was a bit weak. but still well worth it. I learnt a lot about cults too

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Gripping brilliant rollercoaster

Charity Norman is a superb writer this is my third book of hers. She picks difficult subjects and delivers them to perfection.

The summary says it all so no spoilers.

It was interesting to see how Cassie was slowly swallowed into the Gethsemene philosophy, especially in the early chapters. I especially liked the part before each chapter about how a cult leader gets his followers to slowly surrender to him with all the gentle cohesion’s.
The preface of most religious indoctrination is get them when they are at a low point, shower them with love, make them feel very special, the subtle nuance of deception is incredible and faultless.
How right Karl Marx was when he said Religion was the opiate for the masses

A few comments said the ending let it down, I have to disagree and thought it fitting, not sure how else it could have ended?

Scarlett Mack read sincerely and bought life to the story.

A small question?...... Did Charirty Norman deliberately use the name Justin Calvin ? As his initials are also JC ; )

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A fascinating, compelling read.

Really enjoyed this book so much so I finished it in two days! The book tells the story of Cassie/Cairo's decision to join a community and the impact this has on her family. The narrator did a wonderful job and brought Gethsemane alive, each and every inhabitant had their own voice.

I would recommend this book but I've detracted a star as I felt the ending was weak and predictable.

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Gripping, original story, beautifully written

Charity Norman has done it again - a superb piece of highly original fiction which draws you in and demands your full attention until the very end. In this edition, with her skilfully drawn characters being given life by excellent narration, this book is a real triumph. Highly recommended.

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Brilliant

I really enjoyed this book and couldnt put it down. The narrators soft Scottish voice was hypnotic.

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nice listen

interesting concept and very well read. an easy listen when walking the dog or gardening!

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extraordinary and believable

At the statt i thought i would struggle to like or engage with the characters but I was wrong. The opening chapters set the scene for an extraordinary but entirely believable story. Loved it and sad to have reached the end.

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Well worth listening to

It gave an insight into the world of cults. I was nearly drawn in by Scientology. A long time ago.

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Couldn’t put it down!

Fabulous book, loved every minute of it. The poor narrator sounded as if she had a cold about 1/2 way through, but that didn’t put me off and finished it in 3 days!

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  • 06-09-20

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While the overall pace of the story was excellent, the pronunciation of Maori words and the general New Zealand accent were dreadful. At times the words were unrecognizable. A shame that it ruined an otherwise excellent telling.

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  • 25-07-20

Interesting story and theme but Maori pronunciation made me cringe

Interesting story but Maori pronunciation made me cringe. Would have liked to have some locals at least being able to pronounce words correctly

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Page Turner, even in audio!

It was a great Page Turner, I loved it.

The plot was really original and drew me in early on.