"The Unity Project saved my life."
Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died, Lo's sister, Bea, joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there's more to the group than meets the eye. She's spent the last six years of her life trying--and failing--to prove it.
"The Unity Project murdered my son."
When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo sees the perfect opportunity to expose the group and reunite with Bea once and for all. When her investigation puts her in the direct path of its charismatic and mysterious leader, Lev Warren, he proposes a deal: if she can prove the worst of her suspicions about The Unity Project, she may expose them. If she can't, she must finally leave them alone.
But as Lo delves deeper into The Project, the lives of its members, and spends more time with Lev, it upends everything she thought she knew about her sister, herself, cults, and the world around her--to the point she can no longer tell what's real or true. Lo never thought she could afford to believe in Lev Warren . . . but now she doesn't know if she can afford not to.
Welcome to The Unity Project.
The Project by Courtney Summers
Heavy with atmosphere, dark, edgy and that “haunting” feel, THE PROJECT by Courtney Summers is a tale of manipulation, determination and the bond between sisters that has been stretched and pulled almost to its breaking point. It is a tale of how far one will go to save a sister lost in the world of a charismatic cult leader and his flock.
Don’t expect to be drawn into a story that will let you relax. This is brutal, raw storytelling that will stay with you long after that last page is turned. Can Lo save her long missing sister, her last living relative from the clutches of a cruel monster? Can she find her before Bea is lost forever? The Unity Project has many followers, both within its folds and from the peripheral edges of the society around it.
One young journalist will make it her mission to uncover the ugly truths at any cost, but first she must find her older sister, or what’s left of her.
Courtney Summers tells this tale in a stark and bold manner and it is spellbinding in its own horrific way.
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Wednesday Books! This is my honest and voluntary review.