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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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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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  • John
  • Kerikeri, New Zealand
  • 11-11-17

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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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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Compelling

devoured this book. revelled in the insight it affords into cult recruitment. a very human and touching listen

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nice listen<br />

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

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Couldn't stop listening

A story with characters to become invested in. Never predictable and somewhat believable... I loved this story...

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  • Lee
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  • 29-05-18

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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Captivating

This was the first book that I had listened to by the author and I was fully drawn in. Great story and beautifully read.

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