Sofia has just finished university and ended a troubled relationship when she attends a lecture about a New Age movement, Via Terra. Its leader is Franz Oswald, young, good-looking, urbane and mesmerizing.
When Sofia meets Franz Oswald, the handsome, charming leader of a mysterious New Age movement, she’s dazzled and intrigued. Visiting his headquarters on Fog Island, Sofia’s struck by the beautiful mansion overlooking the sea, the gardens, the sense of peace and the purposefulness of the people who live there. And she can’t ignore the attraction she feels for Franz.
So she agrees to stay, just for a while. But as summer gives way to winter, and the dense fog from which the island draws its name sets in, it becomes clear that Franz rules the island with an iron fist. No phones or computers are allowed. Contact with the mainland is severed. Electric fences surround the grounds. And Sofia begins to realize how very alone she is and that no one ever leaves Fog Island…
Flowers in the Attic meets The Girls, Fog Island is a gripping combination of fear, sexual tension and lethal fascination.
What a read! I thoroughly enjoyed the journey as I hurried through this book and it was an epic one at that. From the moment Sophia met Frank at a university talk, I had my guard up. Mariette’s writing was so atmospheric, I could feel the density of the fog and I could smell the earth, the woodland and the salty sea.
Setting the story on an island was genius. It not only felt as though everyone was trapped, they were trapped, by water and rocks. The location was a fantastic antagonist in its own right. The whole story develops into something claustrophobic and nail-bitingly tense.
There was a duel timeline going on. The first gave us Sophia in the present and there was a timeline set in the past which was delivered by an unknown narrator. These chapters were short, dark and sinister which propelled the story along at speed.
I loved how all the links came together; the islands past and the people. Then there was a highly exciting run to the end.
The cult theme was definitely captivating and it sent a lot of shivers down my spine. Loved it totally. It’s scary, had my heart racing and really got me thinking! If you’re after a tale of betrayal, cruelty and a lot of OMG moments, this is your book. Brilliant!
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