ABOUT THE BOOK
A hidden community…
Thirty years ago, in the English countryside, a commune was set up. Led by Uncle Saviour, it was supposed to be a place of love, peace and harmony. But what started out as paradise turned into hell.
A shocking abduction…
Now, two young children have vanished from their home in the middle of the night. Their parents are frantic, the police are at a loss.
A twisting case…
DI Ottoline is leading the search – her only clue a mask found in the woods. Could the key lie in events that took place decades ago, when a dream of a new way of life became something far more sinister?
This is the strangest of stories. The story begins in the present when two young children disappear. Then drops back to a time in the 1980s when a commune was set up.
The cult had just happened and hadn’t seemed planned. Uncle Saviour owned a farm where his brother and his family came to live, then others just wandered in and didn’t leave. It was a calm setting where they all stayed together and helped out. Then it was decided, that they should take new names, hence Uncle Saviour. His niece, six-year-old Zoe, became Love. It is Love that tells the story of how the cult grows, not only in size but its special needs too. What begins as a haven turns into something much more sinister.
In the present-day, two children disappear in the middle of the night, and the body of a dead man is found not far from where the children were last seen. The mum takes charge, flying around trying to interrogate everyone the children know. A nightmare for the police who are trying to solve the case.
The story is shocking, stomach-churning and sickening. There are some very hard chapters to read, which will leave you with haunting images. Child abuse is quite rampant, so if you have such triggers, do be aware. There are distressing scenes because these monsters are real. The story is well written, and it has clever twists that will linger with you for a long time after you put the book down.
I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After gaining a degree in English Literature, Abby taught English and wrote in her spare time. Abby lives in Wiltshire with her husband, daughter and two hilarious cocker spaniels, Tilly and Bilbo. MOTHER LOVES ME is her debut novel. THE CULT is her second book