Book synopsis(via Goodreads):
Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.
***Many thanks to Net Galley and Random House for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. ***
This insomniac's opinion:
Have you ever wondered how a young person could get sucked into a cult? I know that I have. This novel takes us inside the head of Evie Boyd, a girl desperate to be loved. The novel is so gritty that there were times that I wished it were a movie so that I could hide under a blanket until the scene was over. It is dark and real and stomach-churning. The fact that the author shows the life of Evie during the time in the cult and as a grown adult made the story much more palatable, though and gives the reader a break from the darkness of her teen years.
Worth staying up all night to read?
Yes, but be warned- it's not a heart-warming read by any stretch.