by Jennie Melamed - £8.99 Headline Publishing Group (Tinder Press) (2018)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781472241726 | ISBN 10: 147224172x
For fans of Emma Cline’s The Girls and Emily St John Mandel’s Station 11, this dark, unsettling and hugely compelling story of an isolated island cult will get under your skin.
Gather the Daughters tells the story of an end-of-the-world cult founded years ago when ten men colonised an island. It’s a society in which men reign supreme, breeding is controlled, and knowledge of the outside world is kept to a minimum. Girls are wives-in-training: at the first sign of puberty, they must marry and have children. But until that point, every summer, island tradition dictates that the children live wildly: running free, making camps, sleeping on the beach.
And it is at the end of one such summer that one of the youngest girls sees something so horrifying that life on the island can never be the same again.
(Price & availability last checked: November 2018)