The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade.
Before, she lived inside the fence. Before, she was never allowed to leave the property, never allowed to talk to Outsiders, never allowed to speak her mind. Because Father John controlled everything—and Father John liked rules. Disobeying Father John came with terrible consequences.
But there are lies behind Father John’s words. Outside, there are different truths.
Then came the fire.
"An astonishing saga of suffering and joy, guilt, evil, redemption and truth." -Kirkus, starred review
"A fascinating look at emotional manipulation, calculated lies, and physical intimidation and punishment...Hill treats his story, based on the true events of the Branch Davidian religious sect near Waco, Texas, with respect and dignity." -Booklist
“Thrilling and spellbinding.” –Patrick Ness, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Monster Calls
"It's intense, evocative and deserves to have Hollywood producers sniffing around to put it on screen.” Evening Standard “Best Summer Holiday Beach Reads”
“Masterfully written and gripping fiction based in fact.” -Sunday Post