Book Review: Gather the Daughters (Jennie Melamed)

Screen Shot 2017-10-27 at 2.53.59 PM.pngWhen I first read the synopsis for Gather the Daughters, the debut novel by Jennie Melamed, I was instantly intrigued. I am a sucker for anything that surrounds a cult or had any cult vibes, so, based on other reviews, I figured this would be right up my alley. Although this novel ended up being quite different from what I was expecting when I began, I ended up really enjoying Gather the Daughters.

Set on an isolated island, where ten men and their families built a society of controlled breeding and domination. Taking part in ritualistic behaviour, the daughters of the island take part in scenarios that drag them from adolescence into adulthood before their teenage years are over. However, after one daughter sees something she cannot forget, she must share it with the others and suffer the consequences. Told in alternating chapters between different daughters of the island, this dark debut will leave you disturbed and bewildered.

The first thing that stuck out to me was the tone of the novel. This one read like a mix between Lord of the Flies and the Handmaid’s Tale. I thought this was really interesting. The language choice of Melamed makes it feel like a classic and, due to the content of the novel, I felt like this was a really smart choice. It made the time period of the novel feel ambiguous and, I feel, it added another layer of unrest and eeriness to the text.
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Blog Tour: The Revelation Room (Mark Tilbury) @MTilburyAuthor @Bloodhoundbook ‏

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Welcome to my stop on The Revelation Room, by Mark Tilbury, blog tour!

I had read a Mark Tilbury novel before (I LOVED The Abattoir of Dreams, you can check out my review for that one here) so I knew that this author was capable of writing a novel that would be fantastically written and chilling to the bone, a novel that would sit with you long after you have turned the final page.  I am pleased to say, The Revelation Room did just that!

The first novel in a new series of psychological mystery thrillers! Part thriller and part twist on the police procedural novel, The Revelation Room provided a dark, fast paced, tension filled plot fueled with the inner-workings of a cult, completely messed up characters (like, seriously messed up) and dynamic prose to create one stellar, unputdownable read. I devoured this in a sitting.

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