Title: In the Clearing
Authors: Pomare, JP
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 328
Year: 2019
Publisher: Hachette New Zealand
Language: English
Description: What happens in the Clearing, stays in the Clearing ... but is it really possible to walk away from a cult? Adrienne has a vision to lead twelve perfect children into the future, but it involves a commitment and determination that affects the different members of the community to varying degrees. But it is too much for Amy who flees to the 'outside'. And just where does Freya Heywood fit in, with her son Billy and her normal, everyday life?

Told through Amy and Freya's intertwining stories, this chilling fast-moving contemporary psychological thriller, set in the Victorian bushland, echoes real-life events from 1960s and 70s Australia.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"This book is hugely suspenseful!"

"Even when the reader believes that the solution is becoming evident, another twist reveals another possible outcome!"

"Definitely a 'read-till-you-finish' story. While it is dark and at times disturbing, there is hope for the heroine."

"A challenge as it's a scary story."

"A real page turner. An interesting premise and very believable. Very dark."

"Excellent topic for discussion."

"There's lots of plot twists and it's fast moving. Great read!"

"I found this a contrived plot and didn't enjoy it. I don't like such stories."

Categories: Fiction - New Zealand, Community, Contemporary, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Suspense/Thriller, Tragedy/disaster, 2022 Titles


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