The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.
Before, she lived inside the fence. Before, she was never allowed to leave the property, never allowed to talk to Outsiders, never allowed to speak her mind. Because Father John controlled everything—and Father John liked rules. Disobeying Father John came with terrible consequences.
But there are lies behind Father John’s words. Outside, there are different truths.
Then came the fire. (From Goodreads)
Thank you Sourcebooks Fire for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book 3 out of 5 Stars.
I love books about cults, stories like the Manson Family, and Warren Jeffs, and religious cults just truly fascinate me. I think this book was a good mashup of all three of those that I have mentioned. I enjoyed the slow burning build up to the end, and finally finding out what happened the night of the fire. It was not what I had expected, but I liked it all the same.
This book was told in alternating chapters of before the fire, and after the fire. It shows the struggle that Moonbean had with her belief of Father John, and if the things he was saying were the ultimate truth. Her loyalties faltered, and she was alone. I sympathized with her. I felt like her character was written extremely well. The dynamics between her, and her brothers and sisters was something I really liked too. Overall, this was a good read, and I do think many others will like it too.