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When a young woman becomes pregnant in a religious sect, how far will she go to escape the abusive leader and save the people she loves?
The Brotherhood – safe haven or prison?
After her parents’ sudden death, a grieving Melissa falls back on her faith and into the welcoming arms of a religious sect. Captivated by their leader, Dominic, she leaves her old life behind and moves to the countryside to join them.
But life in The Brotherhood is not as safe as it first appeared. When engineer Mark joins The Brotherhood, Melissa finds herself conflicted between her growing feelings for him and her crush on Dominic. With their leader’s initial encouragement, Melissa and Mark grow close.
But as her haven becomes a prison, Melissa’s newfound happiness is destroyed by Dominic’s jealousy. How can she escape and save the ones she loves?
Following the death of The Brotherhood’s charismatic but sinister leader, Dominic, Melissa and her husband Mark resolve to turn the Abbey into a refuge for victims of domestic abuse. But when Melissa’s long-lost sister, Jess, turns up at the Abbey, new complications arise.
The Abbey residents welcome the new arrival but find it hard to cope with the after-effects of her past. As Jess struggles to come to terms with what she’s been through, her sudden freedom brings unforeseen difficulties. The appearance of a stalker – who bears a striking resemblance to the man who kept her prisoner for nine years – leads to serious problems for Jess.
Meanwhile, Mark also finds that his past is coming back to haunt him. When a mother and daughter venture from the Abbey into the local town for a shopping trip, there are dreadful consequences.
A build-up of tension, a poorly baby and a well-planned trap lead Mel, Jess and their family into a terrifying situation.
Can Jess overcome the traumas of her past to rescue her sister?
About the Author :
Jo Fenton grew up in Hertfordshire. She devoured books from an early age, particularly enjoying adventure books, school stories and fantasy. She wanted to be a scientist from aged six after being given a wonderful book titled “Science Can Be Fun”. At eleven, she discovered Agatha Christie and Georgette Heyer, and now has an eclectic and much loved book collection cluttering her home office.
Jo combines an exciting career in Clinical Research with an equally exciting but very different career as a writer of psychological thrillers.
When not working, she runs (very slowly), and chats to lots of people. She lives in Manchester with her husband, two sons, a Corgi and a tankful of tropical fish. She is an active and enthusiastic member of two writing groups and a reading group.
‘The Brotherhood’ and ‘The Refuge’ by Jo Fenton really just caught my eye by their covers.
As I’m normally not the kind to only read books by how they look, I definitely hoped for a great storyline.
After reading only a couple of words like ‘religious sect’ and ‘charismatic but sinister leader’ I was intrigued.
I’ve always had a fascination for them, not to join them, but to find out how people can be so mesmerized by a person and do everything they ask.
So when I started to read I was chuffed, it definitely depicted how I see these cults.
A very creepy read, which gives you a great insight in the manipulative ways of a leader.
Very life-like and relatable written by the author.
She really knows how to depict her characters, from naive ones to the more sinister ones.
‘The Brotherhood’ got me hooked from the beginning till the end and I was glad I had the other book too.
‘The Refuge’ starts where the other book stopped and when you thought the worse was over, think again!
Another fast, but disturbing read set in the aftermath of the other book.
I again loved it, but I must say it felt a bit the same in structure.
It needed some fresh elements in my opinion or maybe I needed to have left more time between the reading?
Anyway, it was another compelling triller and I recommend them both hugely.
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