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and realistic realistic There were moments and scenes which were so disturbing and uncomfortable that I had to stop gather my thoughts before continuing on An interesting and thought provoking story I really like Alex Marwood s style of writing and this had me hooked from the first chapter a young pregnant woman is found alive inside the grounds of a sprawling rural property owned by The Poison Garden was my first time reading a book by Alex Marwood but it definitely won t be my last Even though I nded up giving it a 35 rating I really njoyed her writing style and so much I just couldn t bring myself to Do A 4This Book Is Almost Impossible a 4This book is almost impossible me to wrap my head around and I had a hard time rating it so this review won t be any asier I really liked the multiple viewpoints and the dark themes but there was just something missing for me and I can t uite put my finger on it The Poison Garden has a great disturbing start but I felt slightly let down by the rest of it like it wasn t living up to the beginning Don t get me wrong though a lot of people are going to love it Uncommon Leadership: How to Build Competitive Advantage by Thinking Differently especially if you are a fan of books about cults Books that involve cults are a little hit or miss for me and I found myself pretty frustrated by the second half of this novel The Poison Garden is DARK and there are a couple of scenes that are downright gory so I think it is good to be aware of that I don t want to touch on too much of the plot since I think it s better not to talk about the details but I really like to seevil characters get their comeuppance in books and there just wasn t Yoga Therapy for Insomnia and Sleep Recovery: Supporting People to Achieve Better Rest enough of that for me hereFinal Thought If you like dark books and are a fan of cults you will have to make The Poison Garden a must read I would still recommend this to a lot of people it just didn t fully hit the mark for me However I am still glad I read it and I m very happy that Marwood is on my radar now I look forward to checking out her other books and I already put 3 on hold at the library Thank you to The Book Drop and the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book all opinions and thoughts are my own This is the fourth novel by Alex Marwood that I ve read I loved The Wicked Girls The Killer Next Door and the Darkest Secret and The Poison Garden does not disappoint It fascinatesach of Marwood s books is distinctive and different all Multichannel Marketing Ecosystems excellent but if you didn t know you d swear they are by different authors This one is a story about a cult that very much resembles Jim Jones s People s Temple though located in Wales instead of Guyana It also resembles Rebecca Wait s The Followers in both the cult is called the Ark a reminder to us that Noah was truly the first and most successful survivalist The members of the Ark community refer to all those outside their as the Dead The leader of the cult Lucien chooses mating partners for the girls when they come of age but some arespecially honoured to bear his own progeny who become a kind of aristocracy within the community Just what is Extending Symfony 2 Web Application Framework expected to happen to the human race at the Great Disaster is never specified whether it s going to becological military or Angels Whiskey even astronomical is not revealed We discoverarly instead that something like the Jonestown massacre overtakes most of the cult The front story set in 2019 feature three half siblings who Ritual Alliances of the Putian Plain: Volume Two: A Survey of Village Temples and Ritual Activities escaped Romy Ilo and Eden The latter two find their way to being fostered by their aunt Sarah in East Anglia where Romyventually joins them Romy is also pregnant by Lucien Romy carries a knife and is most adept at survival skills specially dealing with rapists Ilo and Eden s schoolmates also learn the conseuences of bullyingThe Ark community is well developed in the story Though Everybody is No One and No One is Somebody are the motto of the community Lucien his partner Vita an American though that plays no part of the story and some of his offspring seem to form an inner circle who actually run things Community members who run afoul with the leaders have a habit of disappearing or suffering fatal accidents In ither case they are simply not mentioned again Sarah is the product of a fanatical Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes—from Punk to Indie and Everything in Between evangelical Christian church that is virtually a cult itself whilst the Ark seems to profess some kind of neo paganism though I also sensed the suggestion that the Arkxisted only to gratify Lucien and his family s appetite for sex and power As I read The Poison Garden with a raging tooth ache I m a bit unclear on some of the details and The Day Christ Was Born eager to read over parts again But for now I found thending a bit 5 Nights: Sinful Delights Boxed Set enigmatic It seems the cult may indeed survive perhaps as they imagine as the only survivors But whatever the conclusi. Recentlyscaped the toxic confines of the cult she was raised in But Romy is young pregnant and completely alone and if she is to keep herself safe in this new world she has some important lessons to learnLike how there are I have always been fascinated with and Alex Marwood brings to the grim of what it is like to and Alex Marwood brings to life the grim reality of what it is like in a commune headed by a charismatic leader The story is bold and in your face and Marwood holds nothing back Every single shocking detail will completely blow you away The Poison Garden weaves the present and the past and tells the story of Romy now 22 and out in the real world after The Seventh Witch escaping the cult she spent most of her life in Romy is thrust into a world virtually unknown to her while still holding firmly to the beliefs she was taught With back and forth narrative we are brought to the past when Romy was a young girl living in the commune Plas Golau Her upbringing is not conventional to say the least and I went through a whirlwind ofmotions from sadness to being angry as we learned her background history and what it was like growing up in a cult Marwood does such a great job of bringing the commune to life and showing Romy s upbringing from the time she was young until adulthood Romy along with And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake every other member of the commune are preparing for thend of the world They know it is coming and it has been ingrained in them since they were children They would be the saviors of the new world Romy is such a well written character but not always very likeable Even though I may not have liked her I certainly felt Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America empathy for all that she has been through and all the lies manipulation and brainwashing she had tondure in such a short life Imagine being told over and over again about the outside world and how dangerous it is and why you should never leave the compound Once Romy is on the outside it is such a struggle for her with what she has always believed and what is actually reality Can Romy assimilate into the real world or is she already too far goneThe story in itself is simply told and mostly character driven There is not much in the way of action but the story completely messes with your mind I also could not help noticing parallels regarding faith on opposite The Pocket Wife ends of the spectrum Romy s mother came from an overly strict religious household I mayven classify her family as religious fanatics so it was really interesting to see some of the similarities and yet many differences in regards to beliefs Also Sarah Romy s aunt in the outside world plays a really important role in the story and again the parallels are so intricately weaved into the story The The Color of Our Sky ending is shocking but it also feels true to the characters and the story Definitely one of the bestndings I ve read from a story of this natureThe Poison Garden is multi layered gripping and intense What a way to start the beginning of the year than with a well written story that will remain on my keeper shelf Also the first book of the year to make it into my top reads for this year I will definitely be purchasing all of Marwoods previous books The Poison Garden by Alex Marwood is a psychological thriller First let me thank Edelweiss the publisher Penguin Books and of course the author for providing me with a copy of this book in xchange for an honest review All opinions are my ownMy Synopsis No major reveals but if concerned skip to My OpinionsAfter growing up in a survivalist commune 21 year old Romy is the lone adult survivor of the cult She is alone and pregnant Although out in the real world among people who she still deems as the Dead she finds herself ill uipped to handle certain things She grew up being told that one of the ways the world would Obsession end would be through chemicals so simple things like using detergent to wash her clothes is a scary thought Learning to interact with the people who are sure to die when the apocalypse comes is I am a HUGE fan of Alex Marwood s previous books and was thrilled to learn she has a new book being published this month and delighted to get anarly copy via Netgalley of THE POISON GARDENTHE POISON GARDEN is a real departure from the authors previous books focusing on the characters and digging deeply into cults brainwashing and the followers apocalyptic beliefs Told through the viewpoint of several main characters the story begins in Wales when two police officers are called to a scene to discover hundreds of dead bodies This begins the multiple narrators Sarah a divorced school administrator who has moved back into her deceased parents house and learns that her sister is one of the dead Romy a young girl who is one of the few survivors of cult and Somer Romy s mother and Sarah s sister who was one of the followers of the cultThis is a much slower pace than her previous books but it still kept me hooked and gripped throughout The details surrounding the cult and the brainwashing of the followers and the nig. Shocking tense and sharply written The Poison Garden is the gripping new novel from the international bestseller and Edgar award winning Alex MarwoodWhere Romy grew up if someone died you never spoke of them againNow 22 she has.
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Summary The Poison GardenOn this is an ngrossing read I have previously read The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood and njoyed it a lot but for some reason I just couldn t connect with this book I love the writing style but this particular book didn t do it for meIn this story Romy scapes the cult she was raised in and the only world she has ver known But when she nters normal life it does not hold the All Roads Lead Home excitement you wouldxpect Now twenty two she has recently scaped the toxic confines of the cult she was raised in Romy is young pregnant and completely alone In a world that is completely
new to her she needs to learn there are some peopleto she needs
learn there are people can trust others to fear I don t doubt that this book will bring a lot of ntertainment to the majority of its readers but sadly not for me this time Enjoyed the writing and will read others by this author so don t be put off by me it is only my opinionI would like to thank both Net Galley Little Brown Book Group UK for supplying a copy of this novel in xchange for an honest review This is a novel I ve been waiting for and it was worth very second of that wait nobody The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis engages me with thought provoking characters and stories like Alex Marwood and The Poison Garden is tense beautiful and utterly grippingThe thing about this book is it is full of layers Romy is unforgettable and her lifexperience and how it defines her sets the anchor for the wider story This is a dark dark tale indeed dgy and unpredictable the cult theme xpanded upon in hugely compelling ways The author manages very aspect of the drama pitch perfectly leaving you the reader feeling off kilter and concerned for the outcome as if these were real people She absorbs you into their world immediately and unrelentingly less a read a life xperience I m not sure this is Just Cause entirely the best reading choice in the current crisis but it s very good The police are called to Plas Golau Wales a property owned by a survivalist cult known as The Ark which is led by Lucien Blake What they find onntering the property is deeply shocking This chilling dystopian tale is partly told by pregnant Romy now in her arly twenties and who has lived with the cult since she was taken there as a baby by her mother Somer Romy must now start a new life keep her unborn baby safe but there is a sinister and ambitious cult member in their Scottish Headuarters who could be ven dangerous than her new life among The Dead This refers to veryone not inside the cult Romy s aunt Sarah who is not a cult member tells her side of the story as does Somer The most unsettling aspect of the book concerns the cult and their views and it disturbingly shows how one person can control and manipulate so many as they wait for The One to lead them to survival Tensions grow as Lucien ages and there s a terrible power struggle that they all get disastrously caught up in The book is very erie in places it s unsettling and there are sharp intakes of breathe so shocking are some vents It s very well written the plot is xcellent the characters are portrayed clearly and it keeps you intrigued throughout I like the nd which is unexpected Overall an xcellent book from the talented Alex Marwood Alex Marwood takes the reader into the toxic tragic and unwaveringly bleak territory of the dangerous world of cults and communes as she immerses the reader into the horrors of their ways of living A multilayered narrative provides us with insights and observations of life before during and the repercussions that follow in the aftermath of the cult with its different timelines and characters A young vulnerable and pregnant Romy has been shaped by the cult and has to negotiate life after the cult isolated and alone with trust issues facing an unfamiliar world and with uestions about her family only to find the past is not that asy to leave behindIt is truly terrifying how so many will blindingly follow a charismatic leader irrespective of how insane they may be although the brainwashing does xplain a lot This is a hugely unsettling shocking and uncomfortable read one which uite frankly I could not wait to shake off but this is a story that managed to get to me I did not find myself motionally investing in any of the characters but here s the thing it is frighteningly scary just how realistic it felt mirroring and grounded in real life cults and their twisted dynamics It proves to be thought provoking and ye opening about a world I have no The Perfect Christmas Gift experience of and no desire for any it outlines with skill just how difficult cults are to walk away from This is a relentlessly haunting and monstrous read one that gave me the shudders and in my view not for the faint hearted Many thanks to Little Brown for an ARC. Ome people you can trust and some you must fear And about who her family really is and why her mother ran away from them all those years agoAnd that you can't walk away from a dark past withoutxpecting it to catch up with you.To Learn There Are