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Ome people you can trust and some you must fear And about who her family really is and why her mother ran away from them all those years agoAnd that you can't walk away from a dark past without expecting it to catch up with you. I am a HUGE fan of Alex Marwood s previous books and was thrilled to learn she has a new book being published this month and delighted to get an early copy via Netgalley of THE POISON GARDENTHE POISON GARDEN is a real departure from the authors previous books focusing on the characters and digging deeply into cults brainwashing and the followers apocalyptic beliefs Told through the viewpoint of several main characters the story begins in Wales when two police officers are called to a scene to discover hundreds of dead bodies This begins the multiple narrators Sarah a divorced school administrator who has moved back into her deceased parents house and learns that her sister is one of the dead Romy a young girl who is one of the few survivors of cult and Somer Romy s mother and Sarah s sister who was one of the followers of the cultThis is a much slower pace than her previous books but it still kept me hooked and gripped throughout The details surrounding the cult and the brainwashing of the followers and the enigmatic leader Lucien Blake made the story plausible and realistic There were moments and scenes which were so disturbing and uncomfortable that I had to stop and gather my thoughts before continuing on An interesting and thought provoking story

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Shocking tense and sharply written The Poison Garden is the gripping new novel from the international bestseller and Edgar award winning Alex MarwoodWhere Romy grew up if someone died you never spoke of them againNow 22 she has. I m not sure this is entirely the best reading choice in the current crisis but it s very good The police are called to Plas Golau Wales a property owned by a survivalist cult known as The Ark which is led by Lucien Blake What they find on entering the property is deeply shocking This chilling dystopian tale is partly told by pregnant Romy now in her early twenties and who has lived with the cult since she was taken there as a baby by her mother Somer Romy must now start a new life keep her unborn baby safe but there is a sinister and ambitious cult member in their Scottish Headuarters who could be even dangerous than her new life among The Dead This refers to everyone not inside the cult Romy s aunt Sarah who is not a cult member tells her side of the story as does Somer The most unsettling aspect of the book concerns the cult and their views and it disturbingly shows how one person can control and manipulate so many as they wait for The One to lead them to survival Tensions grow as Lucien ages and there s a terrible power struggle that they all get disastrously caught up in The book is very eerie in places it s unsettling and there are sharp intakes of breathe so shocking are some events It s very well written the plot is excellent the characters are portrayed clearly and it keeps you intrigued throughout I like the end which is unexpected Overall an excellent book from the talented Alex Marwood The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox up if someone died you never spoke of them againNow 22 she has. I m not sure this is entirely the best reading choice in the current crisis but it s very good The police are called to Plas Golau Wales a property owned by a survivalist cult known as The Ark which is led by Lucien Blake What they find on entering the property is deeply shocking This chilling dystopian tale is partly told by pregnant Romy now in her early twenties and who has lived with the cult since she was taken there as a baby by her mother Somer Romy must now start a new life keep her The Illusionists unborn baby safe but there is a sinister and ambitious cult member in their Scottish Headuarters who could be even dangerous than her new life among The Dead This refers to everyone not inside the cult Romy s aunt Sarah who is not a cult member tells her side of the story as does Somer The most Planet of the Bugs unsettling aspect of the book concerns the cult and their views and it disturbingly shows how one person can control and manipulate so many as they wait for The One to lead them to survival Tensions grow as Lucien ages and there s a terrible power struggle that they all get disastrously caught Fishes of the Open Ocean up in The book is very eerie in places it s Out of Bounds (Boundaries, unsettling and there are sharp intakes of breathe so shocking are some events It s very well written the plot is excellent the characters are portrayed clearly and it keeps you intrigued throughout I like the end which is Grass, Sky, Song unexpected Overall an excellent book from the talented Alex Marwood

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Recently escaped the toxic confines of the cult she was raised in But Romy is young pregnant and completely alone and if she is to keep herself safe in this new world she has some important lessons to learnLike how there are s. The Poison Garden was my first time reading a book by Alex Marwood but it definitely won t be my last Even though I ended up giving it a 35 rating I really enjoyed her writing style and so much I just couldn t bring myself to do a 4This book is almost impossible for me to wrap my head around and I had a hard time rating it so this review won t be any easier I really liked the multiple viewpoints and the dark themes but there was just something missing for me and I can t uite put my finger on it The Poison Garden has a great disturbing start but I felt slightly let down by the rest of it like it wasn t living up to the beginning Don t get me wrong though a lot of people are going to love it especially if you are a fan of books about cults Books that involve cults are a little hit or miss for me and I found myself pretty frustrated by the second half of this novel The Poison Garden is DARK and there are a couple of scenes that are downright gory so I think it is good to be aware of that I don t want to touch on too much of the plot since I think it s better not to talk about the details but I really like to see evil characters get their comeuppance in books and there just wasn t enough of that for me hereFinal Thought If you like dark books and are a fan of cults you will have to make The Poison Garden a must read I would still recommend this to a lot of people it just didn t fully hit the mark for me However I am still glad I read it and I m very happy that Marwood is on my radar now I look forward to checking out her other books and I already put 3 on hold at the library Thank you to The Book Drop and the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book all opinions and thoughts are my own


10 thoughts on “The Poison Garden

  1. says:

    Alex Marwood takes the reader into the toxic tragic and unwaveringly bleak territory of the dangerous world of cults and communes as she immerses the reader into the horrors of their ways of living A multilayered narrative provides us with insights and observations of life before during and the repercussions that follow in the aftermath of the cult with its different timelines and characters A young vulnerable and pregnant Romy

  2. says:

    I’m not sure this is entirely the best reading choice in the current crisis but it’s very good The police are called to Plas Golau Wales a property owned by a survivalist cult known as The Ark which is led by Lucien Blake What they find on entering the property is deeply shocking This chilling dystopian tale

  3. says:

    This is a novel I’ve been waiting for and it was worth every second of that wait nobody engages me with thought provoking characters and stories like Alex Marwood and The Poison Garden is tense beautiful and utterly grippingThe thing about this book is it is full of layers Romy is unforgettable and her life experience and how it defines her sets the anchor for the wider story This is a dark dark tale indeed edgy and unpredictable the c

  4. says:

    I have previously read 'The Darkest Secret' by Alex Marwood and enjoyed it a lot but for some reason I just couldn't connect with this book I love the writing style but this particular book didn't do it for meIn this story Romy escapes the cult she was raised in and the only world she has ever known But when she enters 'normal' life it does not hold the excitement you would expect Now twenty two she has recently escaped the toxi

  5. says:

    This is the fourth novel by Alex Marwood that I’ve read I loved The Wicked Girls The Killer Next Door and the Darkest Se

  6. says:

    The Poison Garden was my first time reading a book by Alex Marwood but it definitely won't be my last Even though I ended up giving it a 35 rating I really enjoyed her writing style and so much I just couldn't bring myself to do a 4This book is almost impossible for me to wrap my head around and I had a hard time rating i

  7. says:

    I really like Alex Marwood's style of writing and this had me hooked from the first chapter a young pregnant woman is found alive inside the grounds of a sprawling rural property owned by a cult where everyone else appears to be dead I became totally engrossed in this thought provoking character driven story I found it dark and gripping and not uite what I was expecting The characters were fascinating the differing time lines really helped

  8. says:

    I am a HUGE fan of Alex Marwood's previous books and was thrilled to learn she has a new book being published this month and delighted to get an early copy via Netgalley of THE POISON GARDENTHE POISON GARDEN is a real departure from the authors previous books focusing on the characters and digging deeply into cults brainwashing and the followers apocalyptic beliefs Told through the viewpoint of several main characters the story

  9. says:

    The Poison Garden by Alex Marwood is a psychological thriller First let me thank Edelweiss the publisher Penguin Books and of course the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my ownMy Synopsis  No major reveals but if concerned skip to My OpinionsAfter growing up in a su

  10. says:

    I have always been fascinated with cults and Alex Marwood brings to life the grim reality of what it is like to

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