The Brotherhood by Jo Fenton

May 31, 2019 - 5:17 am 1 Comment

I am on the blog tour for a new to me author Jo Fenton. The Brotherhood is the first in The Abbey series, a psychological thriller. At the end of my review, there is a competition to win E-Copies of both The Brotherhood and The Refuge.    

 The Brotherhood

When a young woman becomes pregnant in a religious sect, how far will she go to escape the abusive leader and save the people she loves?

The Brotherhood – safe haven or prison?

After her parents’ sudden death, a grieving Melissa falls back on her faith and into the welcoming arms of a religious sect. Captivated by their leader, Dominic, she leaves her old life behind and moves to the countryside to join them.

But life in The Brotherhood is not as safe as it first appeared. When engineer Mark joins The Brotherhood, Melissa finds herself conflicted between her growing feelings for him and her crush on Dominic. With their leader’s initial encouragement, Melissa and Mark grow close.

But as her haven becomes a prison, Melissa’s newfound happiness is destroyed by Dominic’s jealousy. How can she escape and save the ones she loves?

My review                                                                  

The  Brotherhood

Published by Crooked Cat Books on 25th July 2018

255 pages

Melissa is a trainee nurse, grieving over the death of her parents, has a missing sister and being stalked by a possessive ex-boyfriend.  Once I knew that about her, I was not surprised that she wanted to escape life and move to the abbey, a retreat for damaged souls.

As I started reading this story, alarm bells were going off in my head and I could tell straight away that there was something dodgy going on in the Abbey. Whilst Dominic was a charismatic character there was something sinister about him. He was egotistical and at times had an evil streak. As he preached at his congregation, he reminded me of a wild animal playing with his prey. 

The story was compelling as I wanted to find out more about the Brotherhood. Being a busy commune, there were quite a few characters, but the story concentrated mainly on a handful. The detailed description of the characters enables you to decide fairly quickly whether they to be on Team Melissa or Team Dominic. As you read the story, you soon learn some of the character’s history and the reasons why they joined the group.

The story is written from Melissa’s point of view, making you feel you are emotionally involved in the story. There are some scenes that may disturb some readers involving torture and rape, but these scenes just made Melissa stronger and determined. This was fast paced and the twist at the end just made me want to read faster to find out everyone was OK. There is also a touch of romance to break up the tension, but on the whole, this was a great psychological thriller. Looking forward to reading The Refuge.      

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About the author

Jo Fenton grew up in Hertfordshire. She devoured books from an early age, particularly enjoying adventure books, school stories and fantasy. She wanted to be a scientist from aged six after being given a wonderful book titled “Science Can Be Fun”. At eleven, she discovered Agatha Christie and Georgette Heyer, and now has an eclectic and much loved book collection cluttering her home office.

Jo combines an exciting career in Clinical Research with an equally exciting but very different career as a writer of psychological thrillers.

When not working, she runs (very slowly), and chats to lots of people. She lives in Manchester with her husband, two sons, a Corgi and a tankful of tropical fish. She is an active and enthusiastic member of two writing groups and a reading group.

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