*I read this book while I was on my blogging break but I thought I would still share it now. Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
Title: After the Fire
Author: Will Hill
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Suspense
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: October 1, 2018
The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.
Before, she lived inside the fence. Before, she was never allowed to leave the property, never allowed to talk to Outsiders, never allowed to speak her mind. Because Father John controlled everything—and Father John liked rules. Disobeying Father John came with terrible consequences.
But there are lies behind Father John’s words. Outside, there are different truths.
Then came the fire.
I have mentioned before that I really enjoy true crime but more specifically I am very interested in cults. I watch pretty much every documentary on them and I have read quite a few non fiction books so when I found this on Netgalley I couldn’t pass it up.
This book is told in retrospect since the main character, Moonbeam, has been rescued from the cult already. The book is inspired by the events of Waco, so if you are familiar with that then you already have an idea of what kind of a rescue this was.
This story had great pacing and the author, Hill, did a good job building up the suspense by going back in forth in the timeline. Hill perfectly matched up the current and past storyline which kept me captivated while reading. There were so many horrific events that Moonbeam went through and witnessed that it was hard to read at times. This book was equal parts heartbreaking, inspiring, thrilling, and sad.
It is so important to keep in mind that the stuff happening in this book actually happens in real life. I find cults so fascinating because it is the complete letting go of your power and sense of self to another person who you are just believing is good, honest and everything they say they are. The characters do such a great job of showing this to be true and showing how devastating the results are. I think anyone would like this book but obviously if you have an interest in cults than this is one you definitely need to pick up. If you are just a fan of contemporaries than I still suggest this book to you as well because it is a beautifully done story.