The Girl from Jonestown by Sharon Maas
Published: June 23, 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction
KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.
Sharon Maas was born into a prominent political family in Georgetown, Guyana, in 1951. She was educated in England, Guyana, and, later, Germany. After leaving school, she worked as a trainee reporter with the Guyana Graphic in Georgetown and later wrote feature articles for the Sunday Chronicle as a staff journalist.
“My pen was the sword with which I’d conquer evil.”
Zoe has come home after traveling in an attempt to outrun her grief. And home is everything she longed for until she hears about the strange Americans who have set up a compound near her home. The recordings that play at all hours, running in time with the jaguars and mosquitos. The investigative journalist inside Zoe is interested, despite everyone telling her to stay away. That only fuels her curiosity. When Jonestown is your neighbor, how can you not want to know what’s happening?
I really enjoyed this novel. I loved the mix of historical facts with fiction, and found the story engaging and exciting.
I loved the complexity of the characters, and the emotional turmoil that surrounded the plot. I think the plot of this book was well done.
Taking a well known tragedy and making it the center of a fictional story was brilliant, and I enjoyed the story as it was unfolded.
The manic was captured beautifully, and the fear was well represented. Sharon Maas took the tragedy of Jonestown and added her own fictional spin to it, and it worked.
This was such a powerful novel, filled with fear, corruption, power, and hope. I found Maas taking facts, like Jim Jones being shot in the head, and working that into her story and giving characters that power well done.
This was a well researched, beautifully written book. The balance between fact and Fiction were choreographed and executed to well. This book mixed true crime and a dynamic plot to bring a beautifully devastating novel to life.