Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass

The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass -- Castley's family is different. Her father believes, and teaches his family, that he is the recipient of divine revelation, and in consequence, only he and his family are going to heaven -- and only if they follow him with complete obedience. Castley and her five siblings live with their parents in a ramshackle house, selling junk their father finds on the side of the road in order to make enough money to buy food. They are alternately feared and ridiculed by the townspeople, and lately Castley has started wondering if their father's doctrine is really true, or if there's another way to live. What would it be like, to live like normal people? But she can't leave without her family, especially not without Caspar, the brother her father says she will be bound to for all eternity. As circumstances grow worse for the Cresswells, tension mounts. Their father declares that, perhaps soon, it will be time for them to go on to their eternal reward. Castley's not ready for heaven -- not yet. She's only just started exploring the possibilities of life in this world, and she's not ready to give it all up.

This chilling portrayal of a deeply dysfunctional and abusive family is a gripping read. I'm not sure the title quite matches up with the content (what plot?), and the ending left me with a few questions. Still, this is definitely a compelling and well-written book. I'd recommend it to V.C. Andrews fans.

(Reviewed from an advance copy, courtesy of the publisher.)

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