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Book review: When she returns by Lucinda Berry

Plot: (From Amazon) Kate Bennett vanished from a parking lot eleven years ago, leaving behind her husband and young daughter. When she shows up at a Montana gas station, clutching an infant and screaming for help, investigators believe she may have been abducted by a cult.

Kate’s return flips her family’s world upside down—her husband is remarried, and her daughter barely remembers her. Kate herself doesn’t look or act like she did before.

While the family tries to help Kate reintegrate into society, they discover truths they’ve been hiding from each other about their own relationships. But they aren’t the only ones with secrets. As the family unravels what happened to Kate, a series of shocking revelations shows that Kate’s return is more sinister than any of them could have imagined.

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 5/5

My verdict: This book is fast paced and each chapter there’s another shocking twist and turn. If you’ve ever wonder what it’s like to be brain washed and inducted into a cult, read this book. This book isn’t as straight forward as it seems, it makes you question everything you thought you knew about cults and organised religion. It’s perfect that Berry is a physiologist because she goes right into to the human mind to find out if we’re born evil or wether are choices and circumstances shape our personalities. Think return to Armish and sister wives but much darker and more sinister. It’ll make you question wether you can truly know a person. Readers be warned of the sadistic actions that happen throughout all under the pretence of being ‘soldiers of God’ (May offend those who seek comfort in a religion.)

At times it’s heartbreaking and then spine tingling. This is Berry’s best book. I highly recommend this read as well as Berry’s other publications.

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