Book Beginnings on Fridays - The Followers by Rebecca Wait
Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this meme is
for you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book
you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the
sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the
opener inspires. Please remember to include the title
of the book and the author's name. There's a linky list on
the website and you can use #BookBeginnings on Twitter.
This week my Book Beginning is The Followers by Rebecca Wait. I'm enjoying it a lot and also loved her first novel The View On The Way Down
In the visitor centre, Judith bundled her satchel and coat into the locker. She added the keys from her pocket and the ham sandwich she'd felt too queasy to finish, wrapped by her grandmother in about nineteen layers of cling film. 'For the road,' Gran had said, as she always did.
On the windswept moors
of northern England, a small religious cult has cut itself off from
society, believing they have found meaning in a purposeless world. Led
by their prophet, Nathaniel, they eagerly await the end times. But when
the prophet brings in Stephanie and her rebellious daughter Judith, the
group’s delicate dynamic is disturbed. Judith is determined to escape,
but her feelings are complicated by a growing friendship with another of
the children, the naive and trusting Moses, who has never experienced
the outside world.
Meanwhile, someone else is having doubts, unleashing a horrifying chain of events that will destroy the followers’ lives.
the aftermath, the survivors struggle to adjust to the real world,
haunted by the same questions: if you’ve been persuaded to surrender
your individual will, are you still responsible for your actions? And is
there any way back?