This was an interesting book, but it’s a tough one for me to review. Based on the blurb I expected something more focused, and based on facts and research. Instead, a lot of the book is based on the author’s personal anecdotes and opinions. These were distracting, as they didn’t necessarily support or expand on the topic at hand.
I’ve never been necessarily fascinated with cults, but do enjoy learning about people. I chose this book because I wanted to learn more about cults and the power of language when it comes to motivating individuals to join and remain in one. While I didn’t fully buy into everything in this book (some opinions were too biased or lacked depth), I still appreciated the author’s thoughts and insights about cultish groups.
Overall, I’m glad I read this book. It wasn’t what I expected, but I still learned a few things in general. This is my first book by Amanda Montell, and I’m glad I tried a new-to-me author.