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The Rapture

Narrated by: Imogen Wilde
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Dilys is a devoted member of a terribly English cult: The Panacea Society, populated almost entirely by virtuous single ladies.

When she strikes up a friendship with Grace, a new recruit, God finally seems to be smiling upon her. The friends become closer as they wait for the Lord to return to their very own Garden of Eden, and Dilys feels she has found the right path at last.

But Dilys is wary of their leader's zealotry and suspicious of those who would seem to influence her for their own ends. As her feelings for Grace bud and bloom, the Society around her begins to crumble. Faith is supplanted by doubt as both women come to question what is true and fear what is real.

©2019 Claire McGlasson (P)2019 Faber & Faber Ltd

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I was really looking forward to this book - and it was... fine. It was evocative of a strange, very british cult. The most interesting part for me was the authors afterword.

I think it's a first novel and it dragged a little in places. Plus the plot twists were heavily flagged in advance. That said it was evocative of time and place. And in the week since I finished it, parts of it have lingered. Which is always a good sign for me. And I'll def keep an eye out for McGlasson's next book.

The book it most reminded me of - and had me nostalgic for was Alison Lurie's Imaginary Friends - written in the 60s about sociologists infilitrating a UFO cult and changing belief as a result. I read it decades ago and was delighted to see it's on audible, it'll be my next listen.

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