This book was staring at me for weeks! I really loved the cover, but all I heard was ‘something something Manson’. As a true chicken shit I was afraid to start this book because of the Manson reference, but boy, was I wrong!
Emma Cline had me from the first page (well, the cover actually). It was like a train wreck about to happen; you have to look! It’s thrilling, because you know something really bad is coming, and you’re just a bystander.
The young Evie is fourteen years old and lives in the late 60’s. She lives with her mum and is bored with her teenage life. Then she sees Suzanne. A mesmerizing young woman that takes no crap from nobody, she get’s intrigued.
Evie gets sucked in the lives of the girls that surround Suzanne and discovers where they live: a ranch up in the hills where they all live in a community guided by their leader. They smoke, and drink, have bonfires and wear each other’s long hippie dresses.
For the young Evie this place is heaven, that’s why I wasn’t surprised it took her a while before she comes to the realization this ranch isn’t the dream she thought it was…
I read this book in just a few days (which is quick for me 😉 ).
It just wouldn’t let me go!
I caught myself thinking about Evie and Suzanne during the day, and wanting to get back into that world between the pages as soon as I could, to find out what would happen next.
The book is written with a lot of melancholy which I loved. The one thing I didn’t really like were the bits Evie is older, but I guess it was necessary to make the flashbacks even more dramatic and realistic.
This book was one of the best I read in 2016 (just at the last moment!) and I discovered I’m really intrigued with anything cult-related. So I guess I can add My Favourite Manson Girl by Alison Umminger to my TBR pile of 2017!
What do you think about cults? Obviously not something you want to participate in, but the psychological aspect is so interesting!
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