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  • 12/2014
  • 9781503192980 1503192989
  • 280 pages
  • $
Jared Garrett
Author, Contributor
Beyond the Cabin
Born into a controlling, abusive cult and betrayed by those he trusted, Josh hungers for freedom from the Fundamental Faith in God. After his first escape attempt fails, Josh takes even more solace in a rustic cabin he and his oldest brother made, finding peace in isolation. After unspeakable tragedy strikes, Josh flounders for hope and anything that will soften the grief threatening to destroy him. Determined to escape the cult that offers only heartbreak and loneliness, he's stunned by an unexpected connection with one of the other kids in the cult orphanage. That doesn't stop him and he continues to prepare for a final escape. But when the other kids in the cult need him to protect them and be part of their family, is Josh betraying them by trying to get away?
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"Beyond the Cabin" captured feelings and reminded me of childhood events that I had long forgotten about for years. The feelings of anger, happiness, disappointment, wonder, shock, and sadness echoed parts of my own upbringing and resurfaced fond memories that I smile about from time to time, as well as those that I had kept filed away, desperately hoping that I would never need to access those dark archives ever again.

But I didn't grow up in a cult.
In fact, I lead a relatively happy/normal nuclear childhood all things considered.

Despite this, Jared's Nathan Garrett's narrative draws from emotions that everyone can relate to, regardless of background and circumstance.
My only irk is that it wasn't longer and more detailed but I understand that writing a story based on harrowing true events like this would be emotionally tolling for anyone. Furthermore, I respect the author's decision to refrain from using his novel for revenge - a tough call given the level of depravity that these kids faced in their youth.

All in all, "Beyond the Cabin" is a beautifully written and gripping page-turner that explores the full spectrum of emotions of "growing up" - for better and for worse.

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 12/2014
  • 9781503192980 1503192989
  • 280 pages
  • $

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