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Undercliff - Mark Brend

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"Seek The Truth, Then Doubt It"


It's the summer of 1972, and 30-something divorcee Martyn returns to London after some years away.

He joins the Olive Grove, a religious community, where he forms a relationship with Amelia.

Over time Martyn becomes suspicious of the Olive Grove's leaders, a pair of apparently ordinary men who can speak in perfect unison, known as the Two.

A sequence of ambiguous events might indicate that the Two have malign purposes, though Martyn cannot be sure.

These suspicions come to a head when Amelia breaks off with Martyn and appears to vanish. He travels to Devon, where the Olive Grove has a retreat house, in search of Amelia and the truth about the organisation.

There, events take several disturbing and unexpected turns.

My Review

I really enjoyed this dark psychological story and I really did like that main character Martyn.

his story developed so well as I read, this book was a slow start but this added I believe to the build up of the cults behaviour.

At the start Martyn find been part of a community like family peaceful and just what he was looking for.

but it like part of him can just not settle he can is unable not to question things and his instinct against the cult kick in.

As Martyn discovers more this urges him to question more and fight for what he believes, more so when his love Amelia disappears, and what finally remains of Martyn belief disappears

He fights for the truth but is he ready for what he will find? Martyn must not only fight himself and his own belief but he must fight for his life.

I loved the twist and turns in the book, I do like a cult book but only those which provide a good history and are believeable which this was, I could see how people were fooled.

Undercliff is a fantastic tale of cults and the power behind them and how people survive them.

Author Bio

Mark Brend is a writer and a musician based in Devon.

He has written several books about music and has released six albums under various artist names.

Undercliff is Mark’s first novel.

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Thank you to the Publisher and Author for sending me an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this novel and for the opportunity to review these works.

All reviews are my own unbiased opinion.

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