Definitely, cults make us want to learn more about them. Famous cults ask so many questions that we have to look at ourselves and see how easy it is for us to follow a mesmerizing leader. Stories about cults and extreme beliefs make us think about how far we’d go to be part of a family-like group. In the seven books about cults that are on this list, readers can enjoy the cult experience from a safe distance.
In the Clearing by JP Pomare
This suspenseful book ties together the lives of two women who are living on the edge of the law. Freya is very protective of her young son and dog because she has been through a lot. Amy is fifteen years old and has been living in the Clearing, a cult that has kept her from the outside world. When a young girl becomes the new “daughter” of the family, Amy is shattered by questions about what lies beyond. Freya has also lived a quiet life, but it’s because she wants to be that way. In the Clearing, Frey and Amy’s stories come together in a way that makes your heart ache.
The Children of Red Peak by Craig DiLouie
Three people who live together have a dark secret. As kids, they lived through a religious group’s last days on the mountain Red Peak, where they saw a lot of violence. Many years later, the trauma of what they went through doesn’t feel like it’s far away from them at all.
When a fellow survivor dies, they finally meet up and tell each other their stories. Long-forgotten memories come back, and they don’t make sense or make sense. For no good reason at all, their families went down this dark path. On that last night, what really happened? At Red Peak, the answers are hidden, but you can find them there. But the truth comes with a price, and escaping a second time may be the most important sacrifice.
The Burn by Kathleen Kent
The second book in the Detective Betty Rhyzyk series is a scary police procedural. Soon after a cult called The Family takes her hostage, Betty starts to get better from PTSD. Betty is supposed to work at a desk while she recovers, but she can’t let the beat die. Soon, she goes on a mission to find out who is behind the growing number of drug dealers who have died. Betty flirts with danger as the evidence points to a link between her fellow officers and a Houston drug cartel. She wants to do the right thing. Then, going forward with her own investigation puts her right back on the path to her past and the leader of the Family of the Dead.
Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston
It’s the ninth book in the Pendergast series by Preston and Child, and it’s full of suspense. This time, Special Agent Pendergast has to deal with a powerful adversary.
Security footage shows that the person who killed a well-known reporter and his archaeologist wife was the couple’s neighbor, who had been dead and buried for a few weeks. The police are stumped. An FBI agent and a lieutenant are trying to get into a secret Manhattan cult that no one else has ever seen and lived to tell the tale.
Jackrabbit Smile by Joe R. Lansdale
It’s the 12th book about the detective buddies Hap and Leonard. They get into a case about a radical revivalist cult. A group of Pentecostal white supremacists want Hap and Leonard to investigate the case of Jackrabbit, the beloved daughter of one of their members. As Jackrabbit Smile opens, Hap is about to get married to the love of his life. There have been no sightings of Jackrabbit for a long time. Her mother, Judith, hasn’t given up hope, and no one else has either. There is a group of extremists who believe that Jesus will return to humanity, and they are accompanied by lizard people. When Hap and Leonard hear about it, they reluctantly agree to help. This is just the beginning of their journey with this group of people.
The Three by Sarah Lotz
This page-turning thriller is full of twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat. In just a few hours, four planes crash on different continents. People are shocked by this. The only people left alive are three children. While the rest of the world is trying to figure out what happened, an evangelical pastor says that the children’s miraculous survival is the start of the apocalypse. With officials trying to figure out what happened to the planes, the children get a lot of attention. Meanwhile, each child starts acting in a way that isn’t normal. This prompts a search for answers, which leads to a journey that sheds light on the extremist fringe who might be involved. The Three is written in the form of an author’s report about the so-called Black Thursday events. It can’t be put down.
Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed
In this book, the world has been turned into a desert. Ten men and their families set sail for an island where they could live safely away from the dangers on the continent. This is how it worked: But their new community quickly adopts a system that is very different from the one they used to live in. It is split up by gender and age. Only the original ten men can return to the mainland, and women are supposed to have sex. As for Caitlin Jacob, she should be able to have a carefree summer without having to deal with adults. She is 17 years old. Janey Solomon wants to find out what happened to Caitlin, and she wants to help. Janey is already starving herself to avoid the fate she’ll face as a woman, so she doesn’t have to. Janey and Caitlin work together to look for answers. They find mystery after mystery.