This is a pretty good YA Mystery/Thriller about a young woman’s search for a sister who joined a group that may or may not be a cult.
Bea and Lo are sisters. Lo and their parents were in a terrible car accident when Lo very young and Bea was a teenager. The accident killed their parents and left Lo in critical condition. Bea felt helpless as Lo lay in the hospital clinging to life. After Lev Warren allegedly brings Lo back to life after she supposedly died, Bea join’s Lev’s movement, The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their aunt and cuts off all contact with Lo. Lo tries to contact Bea throughout the years but Bea refuses to see her. After Lo turns 19 she gets an apartment on her own and starts work as a receptionist at a magazine, hoping to become a professional journalist. She continues to investigate the Unity Project and try to contact Bea, to no avail. When Lo finally gains entry to the Unity Project, she gets close to Lev and begins to question whether the group is as evil as she thought it was.
For the most part this was a good book, although I didn’t like Lo very much. She was so closed off and negative the entire book and it was hard to care about her. Even when people tried to break through and be nice to her, she was suspicious, touchy, cranky and took their efforts the wrong way. Perhaps the author wanted to demonstrate just how beguiling leaders of these type of movements can be when they are able to convince even the most jaded skeptic that their intentions are true and their cause just. It was surprising when Lo started to fall under Lev’s sway, but then I thought, was she really, or was it just a great acting job to get further inside the movement to discover the truth? I think everyone will have their own opinion about that.
I wanted to to give this book a higher score because I really liked the author’s previous book and the premise of this book intrigued me, but this book was so dark and Lo was so unlikeable that I often had a hard time picking it up. I can typically read a book like this in a day or two, but it took me quite a bit longer to read this book because I had to be in the right mood to read it. That’s not to say that it’s not well written, I think it has more to do with the subject matter than anything else.
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the complimentary copy of the book. All opinions are my own.