Book Review – The Cult on Fog Island by Mariette Lindstein

The Cult on Fog Island

This was a book that was originally published in Sweden and was translated into English by Rachel Willson-Broyles.

Sophia attends an event where the leader of a new age movement, Franz Oswald, is giving a speech promoting a new life style at his compound on Fog Island.  She is being harassed by an ex-boyfriend and has no ties other than her parents so a girlfriend and her decide to take a day trip out to Fog Island to be a guest at the compound.  Of course, the best face is put on for all guests and it doesn’t take long and Sophia is sucked into the idea of living an idyllic lifestyle.  She is offered a position as the librarian at the compound with her first job being to get a library set up so that the residents can start using it and she accepts.

Shortly after Sophia moves to Fog Island, things start to change at the compound.  First, all electronics including cell phones and laptops are to be turned in, outgoing mail is monitored and censored, and electric fences around the perimeter are installed.  By the time that Sophia realizes that she has made a drastic error in judgement in coming to Fog Island, it is too late.

I enjoyed this book and gave it 3.5 stars.  I liked the writing style and the pace kept me interested in the book.  I found it very interesting that the author was a Scientologist and had joined the organization at the age of 20 and worked there for 25 years.  In the afterward, she remarks about how easily it is to get caught up in a cult but that it is never too late to get out so it sounds like this book was written from a voice of experience.


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