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The Family Reviews

The Family by Louise Jensen

The Family

Louise Jensen

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1 review

Imprint: HQ
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 23 Sep 2019
ISBN: 9780008330101
3 stars out of 5
Laura Wilson
26 Sep 2019

"Although the cult itself is not entirely convincing, the novel is a very good study of vulnerability, and how our best intentions can often lead us astray"

In July it was the 50th anniversary of the murders of Sharon Tate and her friends by the followers of Charles Manson and cult lit seems to be having a moment. In The Family by Louise Jensen, widow Laura is left emotionally and financially bereft after the sudden death of husband Gavan, and when the members of an organic food cooperative who live nearby offer her and her 17-year-old daughter Tilly a home, she accepts gratefully. It soon becomes clear that their new “family” isn’t what it seems – clues include the white clothing, charismatic leader and emphasis on security. Although the cult itself is not entirely convincing, the novel is a very good study of vulnerability, and how our best intentions can often lead us astray.

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