Sunday, September 15, 2019

Five of fiction's most chilling extreme religion believers

Lizzy Barber studied English at Cambridge University. Having previously dabbled in acting and film development, she has spent the last ten years as head of marketing for a restaurant group.

Her first novel, A Girl Named Anna, won the Daily Mail and Random House First Novel Prize 2017.

Barber lives in London with her husband, a food writer.

At CrimeReads she tagged five favorite novels featuring extreme religion believers, including:
Children of Paradise, by Fred D’Aguiar

Also inspired by reality, Fred D’Aguiar’s mesmerizing psychological thriller turns to the People’s Temple for inspiration. In a South American commune, a young girl is singled out by the cult’s omnipotent leader, leading the girl’s mother, Joyce, to call her faith and everything she has known into question. A thrilling re-imagining of the horrific Jonestown massacre, Children of Paradise examines the tragic consequences of obsession and religious fanaticism.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue