Cults Curated

A selection of books about cults, both fiction and non.
Updated September 19, 2022
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The Girls
Emma Cline
THE INSTANT BESTSELLER * An indelible portrait of girls, the women they become, and that moment in life when everything can go horribly wrong ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The Washington Post, NPR, The Guardian, Entertainment Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle,...
The Project
Courtney Summers
"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...
The incendiaries
R. O. Kwon
Phoebe and Will meet in their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who blames herself for her mother's death. Will is a misfit who transfers to Edwards from Bible college, waiting tables in secret to get by. What he knows for sure is that he loves Phoebe....
The Lightness
Emily Temple
"A teen thriller in the vein of the '90s horror movie The Craft . . . A beautiful meditation on meditation . . . Frequently hilarious, and thoughtful throughout."  --The New York Times Book Review "The Lightness could be the love child of Donna Tartt and Tana...
The Marriage Pact
Michelle Richmond
How far is too far when it comes to protecting your marriage? Find out in this relentlessly paced novel of psychological suspense for anyone who loved The Couple Next Door. "Ranks with The Stepford Wives and Gone Girl as a terrifying look at...
The Line Between
Tosca Lee
In this frighteningly believable thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee, an extinct disease re-emerges from the melting Alaskan permafrost to cause madness in its victims. For recent apocalyptic cult escapee Wynter Roth, it's the end she'd always been told was coming.<...
Sorrowland
Rivers Solomon
A TIME 100 Must-Read Book of 2021 A New York Times Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Book of 2021 The Stonewall Book Award winner of 2022 Named a Best Book of 2021 by NPR, The New York Public Library, Publishers Weekly<...
Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the People's Temple
Deborah Layton
Twenty years ago, on November 18, 1978 in Jonestown, a commune in the depths of the Guyanese jungle, 913 followers of the Reverend Jim Jones obeyed his orders to take their own lives, dutifully swallowing fruit-flavored punch laced with cyanide. It was the worst mass suicide in modern history. The...
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
Vincent Bugliosi
A national bestseller--over 7 million copies sold. "[A] social document of rare importance."--The New Republic. Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the twentieth...
Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People
Tim Reiterman
The basis for the upcoming HBO miniseries and the "definitive account of the Jonestown massacre" (Rolling Stone) -- now available for the first time in paperback. Tim Reiterman's Raven provides the seminal history of the Rev. Jim Jones, the Peoples Temple, and the...
Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints
Sam Brower
"A remarkable man on many levels, Sam Brower is the real deal. Readers are apt to find his firsthand account of bringing Warren Jeffs to justice both extremely disturbing and absolutely riveting."-Jon Krakauer, from the foreword From the private investigator who cracked open the case that led...
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
Lawrence Wright
National Book Award Finalist A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda's 9/11 attack. Based on more than two hundred personal...
A Place Called Waco: A Survivor's Story
David Thibodeau
Not Without My Sister
Kristina Jones
The bestselling, devastating account of three sisters torn apart, abused and exploited at the hands of a community that robbed them of their childhood. It reveals three lives, separate but entwined, that have experienced unspeakable horror, unrelenting loyalty and unforgettable courage. ...
Slonim Woods 9: A Memoir
Daniel Barban Levin
An "extraordinary" (Nylon) firsthand account of the creation of a modern cult and the costs paid by its young victims- a group of college roommates "Intense . . . a tale of hard-won survival, and creating a life after the unimaginable."-Salon ...

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