Title: See You in September
Authors: Norman, Charity
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 424
Year: 2017
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Language: English
Description: It starts off so innocently ... a group of friendly and helpful people, an idyllic valley near Rotorua, a chance to take stock. Before she knows it, young Englishwoman Cassy Howell's plans for a short holiday in New Zealand have been ditched and she opts to stay permanently, especially now that she has her unborn child to consider. The Gethsemane community is everything she could have ever wanted, but over time their leader Justin's claims that they are in the 'Last Days' raise all sorts of questions - just where will his faith take them all?

Fast-paced and gripping, this is an exciting story of a community in thrall to its charismatic leader.
Categories: Fiction NZ, Community, Contemporary, Morals/Ethics, Social commentary/perspectives, Light read, 2019 Titles, Group favourites


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By: NEWP 018 2021-10-11 12:05:43
Very engaging book. Our club has quite a large age difference and it captured all of us. It generated a lot of discussion with the conclusion that we were all astonished by. How easily any of us could be 'lured' into a cult situation. Very believable.

By: CHCH 240 2021-04-26 10:33:19
This book opened a great discussion and everyone loved reading it. Intriguing as to how someone could get 'sucked' into a cult, with many making comparisons to a 'group' here in NZ. Some found it disturbing learning about 'brain manipulation' but thought it compelling reading. All felt for the family and what they went through, asking "what would we have done....?"

By: AUCK 255 2020-08-19 12:19:07
Stimulated a lot of discussion about manipulating people by diminishing or embellishing their self-worth. We particularly liked the excerpts from the cult leaders' manual.

By: PAIHIA 003 2019-06-19 12:13:29
Well-written. We felt that the author showed a good understanding of cults and the devastating effect that losing a child in this way would have on a family. Very believable.

By: ASHB 027 2019-05-14 10:53:57
Most of us enjoyed this as a good yarn and wanted to see how it turned out. The snippets of 'how to run a cult' were fascinating and it was nice to read about a NZ setting. We had a lot of discussion around cult vs religion, how believable it would be in an area like this was set in. Some of us felt the characterization was a bit lacking and it was difficult to gain a mental picture of characters because of this and their names within the cult. We recommend it with conditions.

By: HAMIL 029 2019-05-09 09:59:29
We all found this a very readable book, well-written with plenty of tension. We liked the way the techniques for bringing new members into the cult were laid out, explaining so much about how a cult works. The characters are rather stereotyped and lightly drawn but the book certainly holds the reader's attention.

By: HAMIL 063 2019-04-16 21:21:22
This led to lots of discussion about cults, and cults in New Zealand. Some of us thought it was a bit slow to start but great when you got into it and it seemed to end quickly. We did wonder if there was a sequel coming? Lots of characters to keep track of, but overall an enjoyable read that we would recommend to others.

By: WANAK 008 2019-04-15 10:03:43
We rated 'See You in September highly, and it generated a great deal of discussion.

By: CHCH 468 2019-04-15 10:02:34
All members of the group enjoyed this book. The Cult Leader's manual at the beginning of every 2nd(?)chapter explained how a cult works and was very readable. It was a sign of a good read that we couldn't put it down.

By: TIMAR 020 2019-04-03 15:02:02
Led to lots of discussion. One of those "could not put it down" books. People in the group have already enjoyed Charity Norman books before and since.

By: WANAK 008 2019-04-02 18:34:04
We all gave this book the thumbs up although several found it somewhat disturbing. We thought the story was told in a very clever way that drew you in quite quickly. It provoked a lot of discussion about religious cults, travel, personality and family dynamics. We liked the New Zealand setting for the story.

By: NELS 043 2019-02-18 13:28:28
Our group collectively really enjoyed this book. We felt it was very well-written, very realistic and riveting. Highly recommended.

By: HAST 007 2019-02-18 13:26:51
A great read - loved by all.

By: CHCH 317 2019-02-18 13:25:52
This book provoked a lot of discussion. It was a significant insight into mind manipulation and how these cults develop and survive. The discussion involved cults around in NZ today. Most of the group found it disturbing but informative, and once into the body of the story, we found it hard to put down.

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