Cult Following

Robin Winter's Tales: Book 2

Young Adult - Paranormal
186 Pages
Reviewed on 02/11/2023
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Author Biography

J. Treacy Cole is the author of the series Robin Winter's Tales; creator of Chippy and the Pink Balloon (an animated short film); screenwriter of Consumed, Modern Persecution, Helen Hires a Hitman (with Elizabeth Hawes), and Ubiquitous Indignities. She is anti-cult and pro-Ukraine.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rolanda Lyles for Readers' Favorite

Join Robin Winter and her friends in J. Treacy Cole's Cult Following: Book 2 in Robin Winter's Tales. Robin Winter is a seer. She sometimes sees glimpses of the future; at other times it's just a glimpse into people to reveal if they are good and kind-hearted or if they have inner turmoil. Her father has been missing for a while, and years after the police closed his case, Robin is still wondering what happened to him. She knows that he was researching a cult group called the Truth Seekers. In a quest to find her father, Robin enlists the help of Jonas, the town drunk who is also a seer. Robin and her friend David go to the Truth Seekers' camp to dig for information that will help find out what happened to her dad. Her father's investigation of the cult may have revealed secrets the group would like to remain secret and Robin has come to reopen the case. The more Robin learns about the Truth Seekers, the more she knows she is close to finding the answers she's been looking for, but everything comes at a price.

J. Treacy Cole's Cult Following is a fast-paced paranormal thriller that is sure to keep you on your toes. As soon as the story begins, we are catapulted into Robin's world with her wondering about what happened to her father. Cole's writing is graphic and imaginative with a real-world depiction offering a glimpse into the cult world. The author is very vivid in depicting the dangers that Robin faces when she goes off on her own to find the cult and then joins them. The cult's rituals for "cleansing" were compelling. I could see when Robin struggled to remember her beliefs due to the torment she endured and the conflict in some of the characters as they saw the results of their work on her. Robin's journey ultimately questioned her beliefs, and values, and tested her will to survive. This mystery is full of surprises, twists, and turns. This is one for readers who enjoy action, suspense, mystery, and a little bit of the supernatural.

Barbara Cottrell

Robin Winter is a young woman on a mission.

She is determined to find out the truth about her father, who disappeared while investigating a cult called the Truth Seekers. When the Seekers hold a summer youth camp in her community, she infiltrates the group. Robin is well-suited for going undercover. She is psychic and uses her powers to “see” things others can’t. Mentored by a more experienced psychic, Robin delves deeper into the group, which is led by a charismatic leader named Jesse. Her search takes her to England and to a confrontation that pushes her to her limits, both physically and psychically.

I don’t normally read young adult fiction. For me, the genre can be a little too alienating. I often find myself struggling to connect, to find a common ground with the characters. I had none of these problems with Cult Following. Robin Winter is an amazing character. Smart, compassionate, and sensitive, she is someone I would want as a friend. Every step she takes in her journey rings true. And I cared about her. I kept thinking about her (and worrying about her), even when I wasn’t reading the book.

Robin isn’t the only strong presence in the book. Cult Following has a great ensemble cast. Her mother, Virginia, is a complicated, loving parent. I really admired her for reaching out and trying to understand her daughter’s abilities. And I was fascinated by Jonas, the older psychic. A broken alcoholic with a troubled past, he serves as a warning of what might happen if Robin doesn’t learn to control her powers. Especially since she has been reaching out to a spirit that may not be what it seems...

In a nutshell, this is YA that has something for everyone.

I noticed that Cult Following is the second book in a series. I plan to read the first installment, Wiccan Child. I look forward to learning more about the incredible Robin Winter.