BOOK REVIEW GATHER THE DAUGHTERS BY JENNIE MELAMED

On a small island, cut off from the rest of the world, there’s a community that lives by its own rules. Boys grow up knowing they will one day reign inside and outside the home,while girls know they will be married and pregnant within moments of hitting womanhood. 

But before that time comes,there is an island ritual that offers children an exhilarating  reprieve.  Every summer they are turned out onto their doorsteps to roam wild:they run ,they fight, they sleep on the beach and build Camps in the trees.  They are free. 

It is at the end of one of these summers ,as the first frost laces the ground,that one of the younger girls witnesses something she was never supposed to see. And she returns home ,muddy and terrified, clutching in her small hand a truth that could unravel their carefully constructed island world forever .

Firstly thank you to Caitlin  at headline for my review copy.

This completely  exceeded my expectations. 

I loved it! Beautifully written with some shocking moments .

Tense atmospheric writing which captures the feeling of the young women who know their free days are coming to an end.

I am fascinated by cults and the psychology behind it. How others live their lives etc. 

Intense and chilling in some parts as we see what lengths others go to for their beliefs .

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