BOOK REVIEW: The Poison Garden by Alex Marwood


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Publisher: Penguin Books

Release Date: January 14, 2020

Genre: Adult Fiction / Psychological Thriller


Goodreads Blurb:

Where Romy grew up, if someone died you never spoke of them again.

Now 22, she has recently escaped the toxic confines of the cult she was raised in. But Romy is young, pregnant and completely alone – and if she is to keep herself safe in this new world, she has some important lessons to learn.

Like how there are some people you can trust, and some you must fear. And about who her family really is, and why her mother ran away from them all those years ago.

And that you can’t walk away from a dark past without expecting it to catch up with you…

My Thoughts:

The Poison Garden was my first time reading a book by Alex Marwood, but it definitely won’t be my last. Even though I ended up giving it a 3/5 rating, I really enjoyed her writing style and so much more, I just couldn’t bring myself to do a 4.

This book is almost impossible for me to wrap my head around and I had a hard time rating it, so this review won’t be any easier. I really liked the multiple viewpoints and the dark themes, but there was just something missing for me and I can’t quite put my finger on it. The Poison Garden has a great, disturbing start but I felt slightly let down by the rest of it like it wasn’t living up to the beginning. Don’t get me wrong though, a lot of people are going to love it, especially if you are a fan of books about cults. Books that involve cults are a little hit or miss for me, and I found myself pretty frustrated by the second half of this novel.

The Poison Garden is DARK, and there are a couple of scenes that are downright gory, so I think it is good to be aware of that. I don’t want to touch on too much of the plot since I think it’s better not to talk about the details, but I really like to see evil characters get their comeuppance in books and there just wasn’t enough of that for me here.

Final Thought: If you like dark books and are a fan of cults, you will have to make The Poison Garden a must read. I would still recommend this to a lot of people, it just didn’t fully hit the mark for me. However, I am still glad I read it and I’m very happy that Marwood is on my radar now. I look forward to checking out her other books and I already put 3 on hold at the library!

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

Thank you to The Book Drop and the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

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