In The Clearing by J.P. Pomare. (2020).
**5 out of 5 stars**
Amy has only ever known life in the Clearing and knows what’s expected of her. But then a new girl joins the group and she isn’t fitting in; she wants to go home. What happens next will turn life as Amy knows it on its head. Freya has gone to great effort to feel like a ‘normal person’ and if you saw her with her young son you’d think she was an everyday mum. But then a girl goes missing and someone from her past arrives in town. As the secrets of the past bubble up yup the surface, this small town’s dark underbelly will be exposed and lives destroyed.
I’ve said it before and I’ve said it again, give this girl a great storyline around a cult and I’m going to be a happy reader haha. This one was fantastic in my opinion! We alternate sections between Amy, a teenage girl who lives in a cult, and Freya, a middle-aged mother who is fiercely protective of her son and clearly has a troubling past. I was honestly hooked from page one and didn’t want to put it down. There is a line in the book about how you can never escape a cult and it just sounds so true (and terrifying!). This book was so suspenseful and it’ll have you racing through the pages for sure. I’d highly recommend this one for those that enjoy psychological/suspense thrillers; make sure you put it on your list of books to read ASAP!