ARC Review

An intriguing & Suspenseful Insight into the Mindset of a Cult <3 | ARC Review: The Project by Courtney Summers

Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died, Lo’s sister, Bea, joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there’s more to the group than meets the eye. She’s spent the last six years of her life trying—and failing—to prove it.

When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo sees the perfect opportunity to expose the group and reunite with Bea once and for all. When her investigation puts her in the direct path of its leader, Lev Warren and as Lo delves deeper into The Project, the lives of its members it upends everything she thought she knew about her sister, herself, cults, and the world around her—to the point she can no longer tell what’s real or true. Lo never thought she could afford to believe in Lev Warren . . . but now she doesn’t know if she can afford not to.

The Project was a surprise acceptance on Netgalley – with the kind of hype and love surrounding the author’s previous book – Sadie – which I read and loved, though I still need to update my review of it – but it was an intriguing read.

And I wasn’t expecting anything less than that from The Project as well – two sisters; whose lives take diverging roads after an accident that kills their parents and horrifically traumatises the younger sister.

Lo, is trying very hard to go beyond her job as a secretary to the owner and founder of an independent news paper – she wants to be a writer, one who makes an impact with her words. She took this job, because, for her it was supposed to be just a stepping stone.

And she was trying very hard to be content with it; until one day a man steps into their office to claim that his son was killed by The Unity Project.

“Having a sister is a promise no one but the two of you can make – and no one but the two of you can break.”

The Unity Project is a “cult” that took away her sister, Bea when they lost their parent’s in a car accident and Lo was in the hospital, trying to recover.

And I swear, I would like to tell you more – but it would definitely spoil the intrigue and the actual knowledge of going through the book to understand that the vulnerability of a woman/man; who definitely feels that nothing in their life is under their control.

The Project is an emotional manipulation seated within its pages – it was easy to fall for the words written; even if there was a part of me that understood that it was all lies, but I still could feel being pulled right into those enigmatic words.

In case, you were wondering if this would be a worthy read to put on your TBRs for 2021.


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