The Poison Garden

The Poison Garden - bibliophile reviewThe cult’s den was found too late. Most adults were already dead inside. Most. But Romy survived.

22 and alone in a world their “Father” use to call “dead”, Romy is desperately searching for a why to come in contact with the “Father’s” son, a way to get back to the only family she knows. She has more than her life to take care of now; she has another one growing inside her. But in order to be accepted back, she needs to finish all the tasks that are given to her. And they’re neither simple, nor innocent.

The Poison Garden portrays successfully the deeply disturbing inside life and notions of cults, and imagines some of the results that come with the choice to be part of one. The glimpse Marwood gives us into the mind and soul of Romy is astounding. And, if nothing else, it definitely shows a tremendous research on the author’s part.

We follow Romy along from the point she was rescued from the cult and onward, but the story is full of flashbacks that, little by little, help us to complete the puzzle of hows and whys.

All in all, it was an incredibly well-constructed story, with smart characters and a good plot. What was lacking, however, was a faster pace and a more justified ending.┬áBut, overall, this was a very interesting book to read, definitely worth the reader’s time.