‘Abby looked up and saw the bus. On its back was an advert for the Course. The cool, smiling eyes of David Nightingale, and, in bright red letters: Shouldn’t there be more to life than this? She signed up the following day and, like her friends, watched as her old life dropped away.’
Four university friends looking for meaning in a directionless world are drawn into the Course, a religious movement led by a charismatic priest. It seems to offer everything they are searching for: a close-knit group of bright, thoughtful, beautiful people. But behind the happy smiles lie dark desires, terrible secrets. As the four fall deeper into the Course, their beliefs and their lives are suddenly in grave danger . . .
A heartstoppingly gripping novel about what happens when a movement becomes more important than the lives of its followers.
“A very gripping story… A strange and compulsively readable tale of City slickers seduced by a promise of spiritual awakening… I was electrified by the oddity of all the characters. At times – especially when they are all together on the retreat – I thought of Iris Murdoch’s 1958 novel The Bell, about a collection of religious … Read More