To my surprise, I received an email from the publishing house, A.W Bruna. It was a chance to read another review copy! A secret cult, an unknown island, and a mysterious man; this definitely seems to be an exciting book … Of course, I took this opportunity immediately. Within a few weeks I received a package, and I immediately started reading this super exciting thriller.
On a small island on the Swedish coast, a New Age movement has set itself. Their charismatic leader, Franz Oswald, developed the Doctrine ViaTerra, which has an irresistible appeal to celebrities and leading politicians. Sofia Bauman -recently graduated from the university, is fascinated by ViaTerra’s teaching. She is charmed by Oswald and accepts the job he offers her.
When the idyllic summer ends and an impermeable fog opens the island, Sofia asks if ViaTerra is such a noble movement as she thought initially. However, there seems to be no way back to her old life. Because no one could ever leave ViaTerra.
When I read the blurb, I already got goosebumps! The story of ‘The Cult on Fog Island’ is obsessive and you just can’t just put the book down. I could not stop turning the pages! I have read the last part in the hollow of the night so I could know how the story of Sofie ended ;).
Mariette Lindstein has written the story so well; all I read was tension. As you sink further and further in the book, it is getting more and more exciting. Because I hope everything goes well with Sofia, I just kept reading. The story brings some surprising developments, although there is definitely some part which was pretty predictable. With some twists, you will find out piece by piece about that secret cult on a small Swedish island.
Mariette Lindstein does not stop talking about the Scientology and has as an experienced expert- twenty years of Scientology movement, the right to speak as a former Scientologist. For outsiders it seems so simple: you voluntarily join a cult and if you leave, you just leave whenever you want. Lindstein makes it clear that “just escaping” not works. In various TV items and articles about cults you can see and read that as well, but this book is so concrete that it feels real. In writing, Mariette Lindstein did it perfectly because you get a peek inside the cult with Sofie. Thus it’s written by an insider. I think this is a very interesting perspective to tell such a story, which in my opinion keep the story a page-turner.
Unfortunately, this book is only available in Swedish and Dutch. This gave me some inspiration to peek on the internet! I came across an article, telling me that the book will soon be published in English! The translation is available on May 18, 2018, that’s just a short time waiting for Mariette Lindstein’s book :).
For the Dutch reader, it is almost time for the second part of the ViaTerra series. This book will appear on February 20, 2018 (also my birthday!). I am very curious about how it ends with Sofie. I can not really imagine what exactly is going to happen to Sofie, because ‘The Cult on Fog Island’ had a kind of dead end for my feelings. What does Mariette Lindstein have more to say? Or will it be the same? We will see…
Did I like it? I really enjoyed this mysterious atmosphere of this book!
Did I love it? It’s real page-turner.
Would I reread it? Yes.
Who would I recommend it to? If you’re interested in some mysterious cult, you should definitely read it!
How many stars? 4/5
My name is Julia and I am a freshman journalism student at the University of Utrecht. On this blog, you can read about everything in my life, mainly about my reading and studying adventures. Have fun!
The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”