The Brotherhood (The Abbey Series Book 1) by Jo Fenton @jl_fenton @rararesources #psychologicalthriller

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ABOUT THE BROTHERHOOD

When a young woman becomes pregnant in a religious sect, how far will she go to escape the abusive leader and save the people she loves?

The Brotherhood–safe haven or prison?

After her parents’ sudden death, a grieving Melissa falls back on her faith and into the welcoming arms of a religious sect. Captivated by their leader, Dominic, she leaves her old life behind and moves to the countryside to join them.

But life in The Brotherhood is not as safe as it first appeared. When engineer Mark joins The Brotherhood, Melissa finds herself conflicted between her growing feelings for him and her crush on Dominic. With their leader’s initial encouragement, Melissa and Mark grow close.

But as her haven becomes a prison, Melissa’s newfound happiness is destroyed by Dominic’s jealousy. How can she escape and save the ones she loves?

I am reviewing the first of the series, The Brotherhood.

The last few weeks–ever since I got the news about Mum and Dad–have been cold and dark. Locked into a nightmare of logistics with no one to help me, no one to advise, and no shoulder to cry on. Except for this stranger who appeared out of the darkness to guide me. Who allowed me to talk. And who is now offering me a home.

Melissa is alone and vulnerable with a sadistic ex-boyfriend who is stalking her and threatening to harm her so when Dominic offers his protection and a place to stay far away from her ex, she jumps at the chance.  However, The Brotherhood, a religious community located in an old Abbey, holds horrible secrets that could cost her her life.

I want to curl up in a ball and hide away, but Jimmy’s distant cry of pain intrudes and drags me back from the precipice. How can they punish him for killing an insect?

This is a dark and disturbing look at a cult that includes a messiah, torture and murder. The manipulation of the followers is creepy and shocking with a bizarre plot twist. The book is fast-paced and not what I was expecting. A great debut novel!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jo FentonJo Fenton grew up in Hertfordshire. She devoured books from an early age, particularly enjoying adventure books, school stories, and fantasy. She wanted to be a scientist from aged six after being given a wonderful book titled “Science Can Be Fun”. At eleven, she discovered Agatha Christie and Georgette Heyer and now has an eclectic and much-loved book collection cluttering her home office.

Jo combines an exciting career in Clinical Research with an equally exciting but very different career as a writer of psychological thrillers.

When not working, she runs (very slowly), and chats to lots of people. She lives in Manchester with her husband, two sons, a Corgi and a tankful of tropical fish. She is an active and enthusiastic member of two writing groups and a reading group.

Visit Ms. Fenton at her website, Twitter, and Facebook.

ABOUT THE REFUGE

Following the death of The Brotherhood’s charismatic but sinister leader, Dominic, Melissa and her husband Mark resolve to turn the Abbey into a refuge for victims of domestic abuse. But when Melissa’s long-lost sister, Jess, turns up at the Abbey, new complications arise.

The Abbey residents welcome the new arrival but find it hard to cope with the after-effects of her past. As Jess struggles to come to terms with what she’s been through, her sudden freedom brings unforeseen difficulties. The appearance of a stalker–who bears a striking resemblance to the man who kept her prisoner for nine years–leads to serious problems for Jess.

Meanwhile, Mark also finds that his past is coming back to haunt him. When a mother and daughter venture from the Abbey into the local town for a shopping trip, there are dreadful consequences.

A build-up of tension, a poorly baby and a well-planned trap lead Mel, Jess and their family into a terrifying situation.

Can Jess overcome the traumas of her past to rescue her sister?

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