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Feb 5, 2014
The Redemption of Caralynne HaymanThe Redemption of Caralynne Hayman by Carole Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Manipulative, vile, twisted... all good descriptions of the mindset of those who lead a cult. This book is a gritty - not for the faint of heart - look inside. Adult subject matter prevails, and although it is all "off screen," much of it involves sex with underage girls. This is presented as the abominable act it is, but still not for the younger reader. There are also scenes depicting graphic violence against women.

So why read it?

This isn't past history. These groups exists now. Today. In the United States and around the world. Eye-opening and disturbing, stories like this need to be told. This is fiction, but it's fiction taken off the newspaper pages.

Caralynne Hayman was married to a man she didn't love, a man she didn't want, a man who abused her horribly... at the age of 15. Years later, she finds herself in a fight for her life and the lives of her two surviving daughters. Can a man of God, a man raised in the same cult but educated outside, bring hope back into her life? Will the community's eyes be opened? Will the atrocities stop? Or will Caralynne have to take matters into her own hands. Again.

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