Today I have two reviews on the blog tour for The Brotherhood & The Refuge by Jo Fenton – these are brilliant psychological thrillers!

the blurb

When a young woman becomes pregnant in a religious sect, how far will she go to escape the abusive leader and save the people she loves?

The Brotherhood – safe haven or prison?

After her parents’ sudden death, a grieving Melissa falls back on her faith and into the welcoming arms of a religious sect. Captivated by their leader, Dominic, she leaves her old life behind and moves to the countryside to join them.

But life in The Brotherhood is not as safe as it first appeared. When engineer Mark joins The Brotherhood, Melissa finds herself conflicted between her growing feelings for him and her crush on Dominic. With their leader’s initial encouragement, Melissa and Mark grow close.

But as her haven becomes a prison, Melissa’s newfound happiness is destroyed by Dominic’s jealousy. How can she escape and save the ones she loves?

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my review

This is a fantastic psychological thriller that had me completely sucked in and thoroughly engrossed from start to finish.

Melissa lost her parents in a plane crash a few months ago, and Dominic, caring and loving religious leader has been helping her get through the trauma.  After meeting Dominic for a coffee, her ex who has accepted their break-up kicks off, and when she returns to her room, comes across a grusome discover.  Wanting to get as far away as she can, Dominic offers to take her to the community where he lives known as The Brotherhood – there she will be safe from her ex……

All is well but then a few things happen that cause her to raise her eyebrows…..things that aren’t normal in a ‘safe, caring and loving community’.  She also doesn’t understand why she doesn’t get to see or speak to Dominic and why he blows hot and cold with her……Then a new resident arrives in the form of Mark and their relationship develops.  But despite Dominic’s initial approval, he becomes jealous and Melissa world turns into one of horror…..But will she survive it? Why are the things that happen at The Brotherhood allowed to take place? And is it really a safe refuge for people?

The storyline is fantastic! I’ve watched quite a few documentaries on cults and sadly, some of this stuff has happened in real life.  This will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions and will have you completely and utterly gripped.  Fenton does a brilliant job of drawing out your emotions and pulling at your heart strings, and gives us characters that you will truly come to love (and others you will certainly hate!). I was just glad that I had number 2 to get into straight away!

There should be a trigger warning that the story does have some quite graphic scenes of violence and rape.



about the author

Jo Fenton grew up in Hertfordshire. She devoured books from an early age, particularly enjoying adventure books, school stories and fantasy. She wanted to be a scientist from aged six after being given a wonderful book titled “Science Can Be Fun”. At eleven, she discovered Agatha Christie and Georgette Heyer, and now has an eclectic and much loved book collection cluttering her home office.

Jo combines an exciting career in Clinical Research with an equally exciting but very different career as a writer of psychological thrillers.

When not working, she runs (very slowly), and chats to lots of people. She lives in Manchester with her husband, two sons, a Corgi and a tankful of tropical fish. She is an active and enthusiastic member of two writing groups and a reading group.

Where to find Jo online: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter

Internation Giveaway

Win 3 x E-copies of The Brotherhood and The Refuge 

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As always, please go and check out the other fabulous bloggers too!

Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to Jo and the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review.  All views are my own and are unbiased.

Thanks for reading and good luck with the competition!

Chelle x

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