The Cresswell Plot, by Eliza Wass

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Eliza Wass is a woman of many talents—and many jobs. The Cresswell Plot, her first novel, hit shelves on June 7th.

The Cresswells live in the woods and keep to themselves. Six children, a handicapped mother, and a strict father who speaks directly to God. And their father says God has very specific rules. Like they can’t associate with anyone other than family. Which means he can’t work or provide for his family. He also tells them that the Cresswells are the only ones good enough to get into heaven.

Castley Cresswell and her siblings slowly start to question their father’s beliefs, but they are still marked as outsiders by their plain clothes, isolation, and unexplained bruising. Then Castley meets George Gray, and her life expands as she glimpses normal life. But she wants to take her siblings with her to freedom, so she starts to plan. And her father makes a chilling pronouncement:  it is time for the Cresswells to return to heaven. Can Castley save her family from her father’s lies, or will they all enter the darkness together?

The Cresswell Plot is a dark, uncomfortable book about one man’s obsessions and delusions, and the havoc it wreaks on his family. It is not a happy book, but it is an emotionally wrenching one that brings the isolation of one family to gut-churning life.

(Galley provided by Disney Book Group via NetGalley.)

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