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This is the first book I've read by this author. I thought it was entertaining, but not great. There was a lot of unnecessary repetition and the sheer number of characters was a little confusing. I didn't feel an attachment to the main character, which I feel is necessary to make it a page turner. The end was definitely more exciting than the beginning. I never got a clear picture in my mind of the characters which makes me feel like there wasn't enough development of them. But overall it was a good read and an interesting insight into mind control and cults.
The writing is good,the story is different. I found it nerve racking and frightening to read about how badly people can treat other people. I was molified when the cult got taken down in the end. Not a book I would want to read again.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 1, 2019
I liked the plot and enjoyed the storyline. Well, it was pretty disturbing and scary to think about cults played out in real life but it was an engaging story and a good page-turner. I'm not sure if I will read any more of his books though as it had quite a bit of swearing that I'd rather do without. Disappointing because other than some of the language I think I would enjoy his other books.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 21, 2017
I was going to rate this a 2, but near the near the end it finally got better. Hurwitz is a good writer, it's just too bad that he has so much trouble fleshing out a plot without so much blather. So far I can only recommend The Nowhere Man and Orphan X as completely readable.