Sunday, June 26, 2022

Review: The Girl From Jonestown by Sharon Maas

The Girl From Jonestown
by Sharon Maas

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 417
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When journalist Zoe Quint loses her husband and child in a tragic accident, she returns home to Guyana to grieve. But when she hears cries and music floating through the trees, her curiosity compels her to learn more about the Americans who have set up camp in a run-down village nearby. Their leader, Jim Jones, dark eyed and charismatic, claims to be a peaceful man who has promised his followers paradise.

But everything changes when Zoe meets one of his followers, a young woman called Lucy, in a ramshackle grocery store. Lucy grabs Zoe’s arm, raw terror in her eyes, and passes her a note with a phone number, begging her to call her mother in America.

Zoe is determined to help Lucy, but locals warn her to stay away from the camp, and as sirens and gunshots echo through the jungle at nightfall, she knows they are right. But she can’t shake the frightened woman’s face from her mind, and when she discovers that there are young children kept in the camp, she has to act fast.

Zoe’s only route to the lost people is to get close to their leader, Jim Jones. But if she is accepted, will she be able to persuade the frightened followers to risk their lives and embark on a perilous escape under the cover of darkness? And when Jim Jones hears of her plans, could she pay the highest price of all?

Kritters Thoughts:  Zoe is a journalist who has returned to Guyana after traveling the globe trying to escape a tragedy from her past.  As she is staying with her aunt and uncle, there are weird noises at night and she comes to find out that the group called Jonestown is next door and many people are wondering what is going on, but don't want to intrude as this is a live and let live situation.  

What I wanted more in this book was more moments from Lucy's point of view from within Jonestown.  Without spoiling, there were definitely a lot of moments in the back quarter of the book that took place within Jonestown, but I would have loved more in the build up before Zoe arrives on property.  This was my only criticism of the book - I wanted more!    

I loved that while reading this book, I kept wondering where fact and fiction where and what was historical truth.  This book also made me want to read more, whether it be fiction or non fiction around Jonestown and that is always a positive feeling when I finish a historical fiction book.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2022 Challenge: 48 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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