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This is the first of a trilogy and therefore must, of course, set the scene for those to come. It is about a cult that uses a beautiful old house on a Swedish island as its centre. The leader is Oswald, naturally unbelievably charismatic. Our heroine is Sofia, a sad lost girl suffering from a broken relationship and looking for a purpose in life. An obvious recruit. Oswald asks her to set up his library, an enticing offer. All goes well until winter sets in and brings the fog of the title. It also makes prisoners of those on the island. Then things get spooky. This is a long, slow read with little action but if you are interested in cults then you will find it fascinating.
When Sofia meets Franz Oswald, the handsome, charming leader of a mysterious New Age movement, she's dazzled and intrigued. Visiting his headquarters on Fog Island, Sofia's struck by the beautiful mansion overlooking the sea, the gardens, the sense of peace and the purposefulness of the people who live there. And she can't ignore the attraction she feels for Franz. So she agrees to stay, just for a while. But as summer gives way to winter, and the dense fog from which the island draws its name sets in, it becomes clear that Franz rules the island with an iron fist. No phones or computers are allowed. Contact with the mainland is severed. Electric fences surround the grounds. And Sofia begins to realize how very alone she is and that no one ever leaves Fog Island... ...
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A fantastic, interesting and tense thriller that I couldn't put down. I'm intrigued to see what happens in the next books. Full review
The story of an intelligent young woman's venture into a cult and how she ends up running for her life from the madman leader. Full review
An eerie psychological thriller set on a remote Swedish island and based on the author's real-life experiences living in a cult. Full review
Sophia Bauman joins ViaTerra full of ideals for the perfect life but is dramatically disillusioned. The inside story of life in a cult where escape is not an option. Full review
How a perfect second chance soon changed into a living nightmare. This had me gripped with the twist of the story and had me staying up late to read the end as I wanted to know what happened. Full review
'I loved it - tense and atmospheric, slowly drawing the reader in to a reality that is utterly terrifying.' - Lisa Hall
Publication date: 24/01/2019
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 24/01/2019
Publisher: Harper Audio
|Publication date:||24th January 2019|
|Publisher:||HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,|
Mariette Lindstein was born and raised in Halmstad on the west coast of Sweden. At the age of 20, she joined the Church of Scientology and worked for the next 25 years at all levels of the organization, including at its international headquarters outside Los Angeles. Mariette left the Church in 2004, and is now married to Dan Koon, an author and artist. They live in a forest outside Halmstad with their three dogs. Fog Island is her debut novel and was first published in Sweden where it won the Best Crime Debut at the Specsavers CrimeTime Awards. Mariette now dedicates her life ...More About Mariette Lindstein