Friday 7 June 2019

BLOG TOUR: The Rapture By Claire McGlasson - Faber & Faber Books

Hello! Today I'll be reviewing The Rapture By Claire McGlasson published by Faber & Faber Books on 6th June. I'm so happy to be part of this blog tour and a HUGE THANK YOU to the publisher for kindly sending me a gorgeous finished copy. 

Onto the review!

The Blurb

Dilys is a devoted member of a terribly English cult: The Panacea Society, populated almost entirely by virtuous single ladies.

When she strikes up a friendship with Grace, a new recruit, God finally seems to be smiling upon her. The friends become closer as they wait for the Lord to return to their very own Garden of Eden, and Dilys feels she has found the right path at last.
But Dilys is wary of their leader's zealotry and suspicious of those who would seem to influence her for their own ends. As her feelings for Grace bud and bloom, the Society around her begins to crumble. Faith is supplanted by doubt as both women come to question what is true and fear what is real.

My Thoughts

Okay firstly, how pretty is this cover? Literally in LOVE with the wallpaper in the back. 

My Rating:  4.5 / 5  STARS  🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Rapture is a novel about a real-life English religious cult and I can say that I raced through it. What drew me instantly is that it's historical fiction (my favourite genre if you don't already know) based on a strange cult.

So, The Panacea Society was founded in 1919 and was led by Mabel Barltrop, aka Octavia, who claimed to be the Daughter of God. Almost all the members were single women who lived across a number of houses in Bedford under the direction of their zealous leader, Octavia who rules with an iron fist. Dilys, the protagonist, was one of them. 
When Dilys meets Grace, a new recruit to the society, it feels as if God has brought them together. As the society prepares for the moment of their salvation, and Dilys' feelings for Grace deepen, Dilys must attempt to find the truth and protect herself from the others and her own mind. Dilys, the protagonist, was one of them. 

The author's writing was very descriptive, rich and evocative. The characters were fascinating, and I love that the details are drawn from real-life accounts from the society. The amount of research done by the author is clearly evident. This just made the story much more intriguing and informative as I hadn't really heard about this weird cult. 

The Rapture was a delight to read from start to finish. I definitely want to visit the Panacea Museum in Bedford and I also read that the book is in the talks for a TV Adaptation which makes me very eager to see how the story is portrayed on screen. 

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book if you're looking for something a bit different or if you're looking to get out of a reading slump!

Grab your copy of The Rapture here


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