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As a great fan of Mr.Adler's work, I had been very much looking forward to this book. He is a wonderful wordsmith. But Cult just did not have the impact for me that his other books have had, be they thrillers or spy, comedy or historical.
As always, the character drawing is superb and the reader is given clear pictures of the aspirations of the protagonists. A young mother leaves her four years old child and her older, rather overbearing husband to join her sister in a closed community, a cult known as the Glories. She essentially signed away her life to be with them, cutting all communication with her family and the rest of the world. Her husband, Barnie, wants her back. He persuades an old girl friend, a human rights activist still just a little in love with him, to help him try to see his wife and bring her home. Intrigued, but against her better judgement, Naomie agrees and comes up against the legal barriers of access to someone who is in the grip of a group which has taken control, even though that same group might be suspect. The law is on their side and there is nothing legally that can be done.
Frustration, anger, violence both physical and psychological ensue. And the vassilation of Naomie over who is right and who wrong, is played out in her indecisions and actions which bring consequences which are disastrous. It is an interesting questioning of the concepts of personal choice, individual rights and the influences of others but the characters as portrayed failed to obtain a reality after the earlier chapters, especially Naomie, whose decisions to stay with Barnie well after her possible influence had ended, were at best bizarre (although her reasonings did give a further glimpse into how so many pressures can have influence on our decisions and who we are or become).
The narration was unfortunate, with Toni Lewis providing a scattergun speech, sounding almost mechanical, and slow - better when the speed was increased to 1.20. The voicing of the characters, however, was good.in dialogue.
Not one of Mr.Adler's best books, but even so, far better than that of many other writers' best. Recommended if what the reader is looking for is a spring board into ideas about personality and the rights of the individual, and how far our choices are our own.
I enjoyed this book... really caught my attention and left me thinking! Great Narrator, really gave each character their own voice! I definitely recommend this book! I found myself arguing with Naomi a lot because of her views and beliefs! Very Intense!
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