Book Review – The Poison Garden by Alex Marwood

Shocking, tense and sharply written, The Poison Garden is the gripping new novel from the international bestseller and Edgar award-winning Alex Marwood.

Where Romy grew up, if someone died you never spoke of them again.

Now 22, she has recently escaped the toxic confines of the cult she was raised in. But Romy is young, pregnant and completely alone – and if she is to keep herself safe in this new world, she has some important lessons to learn.

Like how there are some people you can trust, and some you must fear. And about who her family really is, and why her mother ran away from them all those years ago.

And that you can’t walk away from a dark past without expecting it to catch up with you…

Published July 2019 by Alex Marwood

~ Review ~


I’ve just been lucky enough to take part in my first read along over on Instagram and what a great book to start with! There was lots of discussion material and some great questions posed by my fellow readalongers. You can check out some of my thoughts in my Instagram story highlights

I’m not really sure what I was expecting with this book and it certainly kept me guessing from beginning to end. Even 3/4 way through, I had no idea where it was going to go. It made for gripping reading!

I’m going to be vague about the plot, because part of the thrill of this book was the unexpected. I found the Cult aspect fascinating and at the same time sinister and uneasy. The characters are flawed and messy and their actions and responses gave me a lot to think about

The Poison Garden, despite appearances, isn’t your run of the mill thriller. In fact it’s more of a character study and exploration of manipulation, conditioning, vulnerability, power and obsession. It’s dark and at times harrowing but always compelling. It does leave some unanswered question and the ending was a little abrupt, however it’s certainly a book that I’ll remember with a chill. I recommend!

Thanks to Tandem Collective and Sphere/Little Brown UK for my gifted copy

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