The woods were insane in the dark, terrifying and magical at the same time. But best of all were the stars, which trumpeted their light into the misty dark.
Castella Cresswell and her five siblings—Hannan, Caspar, Mortimer, Delvive, and Jerusalem—know what it’s like to be different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle family home deep in the woods of upstate New York. They abide by the strict rule of God, whose messages come directly from their father.
Slowly, Castley and her siblings start to test the boundaries of the laws that bind them. But, at school, they’re still the freaks they’ve always been to the outside world. Marked by their plain clothing. Unexplained bruising. Utter isolation from their classmates. That is, until Castley is forced to partner with the totally irritating, totally normal George Gray, who offers her a glimpse of a life filled with freedom and choice.
Castley’s world rapidly expands beyond the woods she knows so well and the beliefs she once thought were the only truths. There is a future waiting for her if she can escape her father’s grasp, but Castley refuses to leave her siblings behind. Just as she begins to form a plan, her father makes a chilling announcement: the Cresswells will soon return to their home in heaven. With time running out on all of their lives, Castley must expose the depth of her father’s lies. The forest has buried the truth in darkness for far too long. Castley might be their last hope for salvation.
Are you looking for a super creepy read to start off your summer? Because The Cresswell Plot takes creepy to a whole new level. I'm not talking about monsters and ghosts. This is all too real scary, the kind that keeps you up at night because it isn't supernatural. Castley and her five siblings are confined by their very strict religion. When their father (who believes he receives messages from God) tells them that the family's time to go to heaven is near, a race against the clock ensues.
How twisted is that? If that doesn't give you nightmares then I don't know what will. This novel is as dark as it sounds. I would even use the word disturbing to describe it because the stuff that takes place...Eliza Wass definitely takes a risk and it pays off. While the end felt rushed and anticlimactic, I loved the journey. The Cresswell Plot is a very tiny book that holds a lot of feels so be prepared for some serious binge-reading.
This one will definitely stick around in my mind for a while. It is dark and very disturbing but it is also so unique that I'm sure you haven't read anything like it. Give it a shot so I'm not the only one sleeping with a nightlight.
ABOUT ELIZA WASS:
Eliza Wass is a freelance writer, editor and journalist. She comes from Southern California, where she was one of nine perfect children with two perfect parents. She has thousands of friends, all of whom either arrive inside dust jackets or post obsessively on Twitter.
Eliza spent 7 years in London with the most amazing man in the world, her late husband, Alan Wass of Alan Wass and The Tourniquet, who inspired her to pursue her dreams and live every day of her life.
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