A spell-bidding tale, which twists and turns keep you on your toes!
“The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.”
Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming. Moonbeam is starting to doubt, though. She’s starting to see the lies behind Father John’s words. She wants him to be found out. What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?
Exploring the way in how cults function, how power and authority take ahold over men and women; After the Fire is inspired by the true-life events of the notorious Waco siege in 1993, which took the lives of 82 members of the Branch division sect and 4 US Government officials in a bloody, firefight.
At first, I was sceptical when I was handed the book by my best mate, who was ranting and raving about how fantastic and mesmerising the wad of paper was. I, personally, don’t usually go for books with any aspect of cult lifestyle, way of life, manner of living… None Of That! No offence, but it sends chills down my spine just thinking about it.
BUT, as soon as I read the first few chapters, I was hooked like a crackhead on cocaine.
It was so…captivating, sinister, addictive…but so moving at the same time. Like I was in Charlie and the chocolate factory eating a Three-Course Dinner Chewing Gum Meal, all the different types of feelings coursing through my veins, resulting in excitement to the max.
I mean, the format of how the talented Mr. Will Hill wrote the book was genius. Never in my years of being a literature junkie have I ever seen this technique been used and if I have, never successfully. The way the after and before chapters flow into each other was beautiful; as if we are in Moonbeam’s brain, living her life, feeling her feelings.
So for those who want to step out of their comfort zone, and follow Moonbeam into the events preceding and following the all-important, mighty fire, I highly recommend this whirlwind tale of a girl searching for the truth.