Book Babble Review- The Project by Courtney Summers
This book totally surprised me with how much a loved it. It was a little bit of a slower start but once I was in, I could not put it down! There were so many little twists and turns that added to the story and really drew you in and left you wanting the answers yourself. I really enjoyed the main character about 80% of the time, there was a point where I was seriously questioning her decisions. Even though the book does revolve on a cult, so her decisions help to show how someone could easily get drawn into a cult and its smooth-talking leader.
Synopsis: Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died, Lo's sister, Bea, joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there's more to the group than meets the eye. She's spent the last six years of her life trying—and failing—to prove it. When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo sees the perfect opportunity to expose the group and reunite with Bea once and for all. When her investigation puts her in the direct path of its leader, Lev Warren and as Lo delves deeper into The Project, the lives of its members it upends everything she thought she knew about her sister, herself, cults, and the world around her—to the point she can no longer tell what's real or true. Lo never thought she could afford to believe in Lev Warren . . . but now she doesn't know if she can afford not to.
· I think that the author did a wonderful job dealing with the cult element of the story. She presented the cult not as a typical “lunatics worshipping their leader” but as how someone who entered willing could get drawn in. She also showed the survivors deal/dealt with the aftermath of leaving a dangerous cult, and she shows both sides of someone leaving a cult by showing the leader and the survivors’ side. If cults were something that interested, you and you want a new take on them I would highly recommend this book. I plan on picking up some of the authors other works now. While they sounded interesting before now that I have read one of her books, I have a feeling I am going to enjoy her others as well!
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· **I hope you guys enjoyed my review of this book. For transparency, I do want to let you know that I did receive this book as an ARC for review but that had no influence on my opinion.**