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Mrs Hodgetts, Abbot Beyne School

After the Fire

This story plot about a cult appealed to me as I read the blurb on the back of the book, and I'm glad to say didn't disappoint either.
Told from the before and after perspectives by Moonbeam, one of the survivors - the story follows the day to day details and lives of the followers in the cult. From the rigid and set rules - eat, work, eat, more work and a last meal - locked rooms and absolute obedience to the leader Father John and his 4 centurions, life is very hard and punishment swift and often harshly out of proportion to the offence.
Some massive surprises along the way - as the other survivors are rehomed or claimed by parents and long lost relatives, Moonbeam misses her Mum terribly and comes to understand that her Mum had always only tried her best for her daughter.
As you read you become aware of just how unfair compound life is and that Father John is a very selfish, egotistical and greedy man, enjoying the fine life and all it's privileges, using the women as he pleases and with his own hidden agenda - which will surely end in disaster!
Well written and enjoyable.

Posted on: 19th April 2018 at 01:49 pm

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