[BOOKS] ✮ The Poison Garden By Alex Marwood – Batdongsanhoian.co
I know very little about cults and their beliefs, this book certainly opened my eyes Toxic and darn right scary A survivalist cult is always preparing for the end of the world Now imagine what would happen if someone decides to give it a helping hand This book is beautifully written and so easy to get into I really did not want this book to end This read had me gripped from the first page and spent most of my time sat on the edge of my seat and tapping my kindle faster I like the way the main characters are each given a chapter and the storyline was gripping and multi layered.I really hope that there is a sequel as I have so many questions A new author for me and I am so impressed by her storytelling I have downloaded the rest of her books and this lady has just made MY MUST READ LIST An easy five stars and so Highly Recommended I would like to thank the author, Little Brown Book Group UK and Netgalley for the ARC in return for giving an honest review. 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 an early copy via Netgalley of THE POISON GARDEN.THE 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 cult.This 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 enigmatic leader Lucien Blake made the story plausible and realistic There were moments and scenes which were so disturbing and uncomfortable that I had to stop and gather my thoughts before continuing on An interesting and thought provoking story. 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 , She Has Recently Escaped 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 Some 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 Without Expecting It To Catch Up With You 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 a cult, where everyone else appears to be dead I became totally engrossed in this thought provoking, character driven story, I found it dark and gripping and not quite what I was expecting The characters were fascinating, the differing time lines really helped to get to know them and perhaps to understand just a little, why they made the choices they did The depiction of the cult felt very believable and so well written I felt as if I was there and the fact that it was a cult with no religion involved made it even interesting I ve read all of Alex Marwood s books but I think this one is my favourite so far, 4 stars rounded up to 5. I love Alex Marwood s books, I ve been a fan since reading The Wicked Girls and with each book she offers an insight into some kind of dark and twisted world.Within The Poison Garden we are forced to confront the controversial issue of cults, communes, and how they treat each other and how they view the outside world.Differing time lines allow us to see the story from varying perspectives and I loved that I really liked Sarah and Romy but wasn t too fussed about the others.It s difficult to say much about this without giving away any spoilers, but suffice to say it s sometimes uncomfortable reading because it s so plausible that this kind of brainwashing radicalising behaviour is happening but that just makes it even believable and unputdownable.Yet another hit Thank you to Netgalley for the chance to read this. I have previously read The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood and enjoyed 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 me.In this story Romy escapes the cult she was raised in and the only world she has ever known But when she enters normal life it does not hold the excitement you would expect Now twenty two, she has recently escaped 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 people you can trust and others to fear I don t doubt that this book will bring a lot of entertainment 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 opinion.I would like to thank both Net Galley Little, Brown Book Group UK for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Cult fiction is salaciously interesting there s so much curiosity into this evergreen fascination.The Poison Garden offers different points of view in cascading timelines we see within their communal life, as well as when they re forced to live amongst the dead love the way she built the character s perceptions toward both realities A hauntingly compulsive read, with Marwood s dark signature storytelling.Galley borrowed from the publisher. With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.I have enjoyed all Alex Marwood s books so I was excited to read The Poison Garden The prologue started when the police were called to The Ark, a large commune set in the countryside Within the commune the dead bodies of adults and students were found lying on the ground.When the police arrived they found twenty two year old Romy was found in the commune hospital She was heavily pregnant and had serious legs injuries After recuperating in hospital and then rehab she was released Romy had two younger siblings called Eden and Llo and longed to be reunited with them.Eden and Llo were being look after by their Aunt Sarah who was their mother Somer s sister Sarah was lonely after the breakup of her marriage and was not sure she could be responsible for two children.A lot happens in this book and I don t want to give any spoilers The plot was told from the POV of Romy, Helen and Somer I enjoyed reading about philosophy of the cult It was amazing that a group of adults believed Lucien no matter how charismatic he was I enjoyed reading about Romy s reaction to living in the modern world with the dead Her reaction to Jerk chicken was fabulous.I didn t particularly like Eden but I loved Llo If you have read Alex Marwood s previous books I would say The Poison Garden is completely different If I knew the plot of the book I would never of picked it up.Overall this was not a bad read, however the ending was extremely disappointing. This is a novel I ve been waiting for and it was worth every second of that wait nobody engages me with thought provoking characters and stories like Alex Marwood and The Poison Garden is tense, beautiful and utterly gripping.The thing about this book is it is full of layers, Romy is unforgettable and her life experience and how it defines her sets the anchor for the wider story This is a dark dark tale indeed, edgy and unpredictable, the cult theme expanded upon in hugely compelling ways The author manages every 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 experience.If happy endings, rainbows and kittens are your thing then this will not be for you however if you like your reading to push the boundaries of your usual thinking, if you like to see the world from a different perspective and most of all if you want those characters and tales that take you out of your comfort zone then The Poison Garden will no doubt be one of your books of the year.Highly Recommended All the way. I have previously read The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood and enjoyed 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 me.In this story Romy escapes the cult she was raised in and the only world she has ever known But when she enters normal life it does not hold the excitement you would expect Now twenty two, she has recently escaped 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 people you can trust and others to fear I don t doubt that this book will bring a lot of entertainment 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 opinion.I would like to thank both Net Galley Little, Brown Book Group UK for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.