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E 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 yo. 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 uite 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

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Escaped the toxic confines of the cult she was raised in But Romy is young pregnant and The Poison eBook #243 completely alone and if she is to keep herself safe in this new world she has some important lessons to learnLike how ther. 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 fascinates each of Marwood s books is distinctive and different all 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 are especially honoured to bear his own progeny who become a kind of aristocracy within the community Just what is expected to happen to the human race at the Great Disaster is never specified whether it s going to be ecological military or even astronomical is not revealed We discover early instead that something like the Jonestown massacre overtakes most of the cult The front story set in 2019 feature three half siblings who escaped Romy Ilo and Eden The latter two find their way to being fostered by their aunt Sarah in East Anglia where Romy eventually joins them Romy is also pregnant by Lucien Romy carries a knife and is most adept at survival skills especially 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 either case they are simply not mentioned again Sarah is the product of a fanatical 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 Ark existed 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 eager to read over parts again But for now I found the ending a bit enigmatic It seems the cult may indeed survive perhaps as they imagine as the only survivors But whatever the conclusion this is an engrossing read

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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. 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 easy 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 explain 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 emotionally 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 eye opening about a world I have no 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


10 thoughts on “The Poison Garden

  1. says:

    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 insi

  2. says:

    I’m not sure this is 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 on entering the property is deeply shocking This chilling dystopian tale is partly told by pregnant Romy now in her early twenties and who has lived with the cult since she was tak

  3. says:

    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 gri

  4. says:

    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 lo

  5. says:

    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 T

  6. says:

    The Poison Garden was my first time reading a book by Alex Marwood but it definitely won't be my last Even though I ended up giving it a 35 rating I really enjoyed her writing style and so much I just couldn't bring myself to do a 4This book i

  7. says:

    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 g

  8. says:

    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 GARDENTHE POISON GARDEN is a real departure from the authors previous books focusing on the characters and digging deeply into cults brainwashing an

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    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 exchange 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 c

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    I have always been fascinated with cults and Alex Marwood brings to life the grim reality of what it is like to live 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 p

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