I received an ARC of Those Who Prey from Turn the Pages and Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) as part of my participation in this tour.
– BOOK INFO –
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
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.
Content Warnings: grooming and recruiting for a cult, ritualistic practices, murder by overdose, murder by venom, bulimia, forced food restriction and sleep deprivation, alcohol and drug abuse, disturbing death of an animal, suicide, and mentions of conversion therapy.
5 reasons to read Those Who Prey!
1. Cult fiction!
This chilling debut is a deep look at just how easily one could fall victim to a fanatical group.
2. Hits all the right points!
Beautiful writing, captivating voice and characters, engrossing story, and intense emotional impact, all in a fresh and unique plot.
3. Feels like a memoir!
It’s as if this is a real person telling her story, and you see how it could happen to anyone.
Chilling to read, Moffett’s prose walks you through what it’s like to be recruited and fully entered into a cult, in a way that’s easy to see all the warning signs as an outsider, but easy to fall for them if put in Emily’s position.
5. The cover!
That’s it. That’s the tweet.
I stare at my paint-splattered desk and try to imagine the place I’ll spend every weekday after college. I wish I could picture it, but I just can’t. This is why I’m here. And it’s why I stay.Jennifer Moffett, Those Who Prey (2020)
“I said ‘yes, ma’am’ to my psych professor. In class. By the way, don’t say ‘ma’am’ to a female professor — or any female north of Nashville.”Jennifer Moffett, Those Who Prey (2020)
Back home, churches always felt like an exclusive validation of preexisting social circles full of people who were already alike. This is the opposite. It’s like a multicultural Benetton ad for God- a place where everyone is not just welcomed, but also celebrated.Jennifer Moffett, Those Who Prey (2020)
God, I wish I could add more but they feel kinda spoilery so READ THE BOOK!
Thank you Turn the Pages and Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) for the ARC!
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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.