If you are someone who is looking for a cult fiction, look no more. Welcome to my stop for Those Who Prey Book Tour.
TITLE: Those Who Prey
AUTHOR: Jennifer Moffett
PUBLISHER: Atheneum, Simon & Schuster
RELEASING ON: November 10th, 2020
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT FICTION–Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Cults
Disclaimer: I received this book as part of book tour organized by Turn the Page Tours
Sadie meets The Girls in this riveting debut psychological thriller about a lonely college freshman seduced into joining a cult—and her desperate attempt to escape before it’s too late.
College life isn’t what Emily expected.
She expected to spend freshman year strolling through the ivy-covered campus with new friends, finally feeling like she belonged. Instead, she walks the campus alone, still not having found her place or her people so far away from home.
But then the Kingdom finds her.
The Kingdom, an exclusive on-campus group, offers everything Emily expected of college and more: acceptance, friends, a potential boyfriend, and a chance to spend the summer in Italy on a mission trip. But the trip is not what she thought it would be. Emily and the others are stripped of their passports and money. They’re cut off from their families back home. The Kingdom’s practices become increasingly manipulative and dangerous.
And someone ends up dead.
At times unsettling and always riveting, Those Who Prey looks at the allure of cult life, while questioning just how far we’re willing to go to find where we belong.
The first and the last thing I noticed is how terrifying the idea of this book is, and the fact that it could happen to anyone. Emily is lonely during her freshmen year of college, she craves friendship, connection and acceptance. She finally meets Josh, a boy from her region who introduces her to an inner circle on the campus & The Kingdom is everything she wanted.
But she slowly gets swept away in their schedules, prioritizing them over her work or classes. At this point I know she is in trouble, and this is not going to turn out well for anyone. But I can’t stop praising the writing by Jennifer Moffett
Emily is then chosen for an overseas mission and doesn’t hesitate to fly to Italy, where she finally begins to see and feel what the reads have been for a while. But by this time I am paranoid. While I did feel bad for some characters, I didn’t want to trust anyone.
I won’t give details about other characters or what secrets unfold because you are going to want to start guessing those early on because of the synopsis and the mystery vibe. I would just say have fun and ride along the roller-coaster that keeps going up high.
After everything that Emily goes through even death, Jennifer Moffett, gives her an ending full of hope, which is one of the best parts and also very helpful and much needed after all you feel the same these characters do thanks to the vivid writing.
JENNIFER MOFFETT grew up in Arkansas, where she spent her childhood playing in creeks and climbing trees while dreaming up stories about faraway places. A college study abroad program sparked her lifelong passion for travel. After working in children’s television in New York City, she received an MA in Creative Writing and wrote book reviews for regional publications. Her short stories and poems have appeared in various literary journals, including New Orleans Review and descant. She teaches creative writing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where she enjoys kayaking, gardening, reading outdoors, and planning trips to new places (preferably with great local yarn shops and bookstores).
Her debut YA thriller, THOSE WHO PREY (Atheneum, Simon & Schuster), is about a shy college freshman who is seduced into joining a campus cult, leading her on a deadly mission trip to Italy.
– GIVEAWAY INFO –
BLOGS: Up for grabs, we have ONE digital copy (via NetGalley) and ONE physical copy of Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffett. This giveaway will run from November 3rd to November 12th at 11:59 PM CST. Physical copy is only available to win by a US resident. Digital Copy will be available only to INTL. Enter via the rafflecopter link below!