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After the Fire 

By Will Hill


Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Genre: Young Adult/Teen, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Cults, Physical/Emotional Abuse


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.



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Author Bio:


Before quitting his job in publishing to write full time, Will Hill worked as a bartender, a bookseller and a door-to-door charity worker. He grew up in the north-east of England, is scared of spiders, and lives in east London with his girlfriend. He is a big fan of cats. 

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Review & Wrap-Up:

After the Fire is a gripping and hopefully-tragic story loosely based on true-life events. From the start of the tale you are wondering what Moonbeam (the main character and narrator of the story) is hiding and why. It is a a tough and raw telling of life inside a religious cult, and the lies that are told to keep those there, in; and those not, out.

In the beginning I was confused as to what had happened and what was going on. There is very little detail when you begin the book as to the answers to these questions. But as the story unfolds and different pieces are told, you get sucked into the story and the cult life.

My qualms with the story: 1) It was rather difficult to understand in the beginning. It is definitely one that will be very difficult to ‘read’ in audio form without some changes. 2) Once the initial confusion subsides, it was very easy to determine what the end results were going to be. It was like the author went from one extreme to the next when it came to the secrets of the book.

All in all, I found After the Fire to be extremely enjoyable and I believe this psychological exposé of cult life is a must read for teens and adults alike!


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Dani's Score out of 5: 📚📚📚📚🔖

(A bookmark:🔖, is a half a stack of books. i.e: 📚📚🔖 = a score of 2.5) 


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