Creepy, suffocating and with an underlying longing, The Cresswell Plot is the story of a family at a crossroads – one that is guarded by a man who believes he speaks for God – a man who is their father.
How do you know the difference between God’s will, human will, and the Devil whispering in your ear? The Cresswell children have been brought up to believe that their family is pure, more special than anyone else living. They will be rewarded in Heaven, and the three sisters and three brothers will be united in matrimony once there. While on earth, they await their ultimate calling in a huge, ramshackle home in the middle of the forest. Listening to their father’s sermons and reading his book of prophecy, they know that their holy mission keeps them from the Devil’s work.
Castley Cresswell is starting to think that her father doesn’t have everything right. Is God really testing their faith by having them be ridiculed, starving, unhealthy and living in poverty? Are all of their dreams prophecy? Can their father see in their hearts and know when they’ve lied, sinned or allowed in some disbelief? And when he announces that it’s time for their family to leave this earth, should they just follow?
What if the children aren’t ready to go because they’ve realized that they’ve never really lived?
While this topic is fascinating, I wish that the reasons for the father’s religious fervor and his rejection of the world had been delved into. There is no explanation why he and his wife seized onto this behavior. Also it seemed a little unlikely that the condition of the home, the health of the children, and the scarcity of food would not have brought the authorities to their home more than once.
Ultimately story wins and you will find yourself both mesmerized and repulsed by their tale. And as for the “plot?” It could mean any of the many given definitions – and they’d all be correct.
The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass will be published June 7, 2016 by Disney Hyperion. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to the Publisher and the Author.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Thriller
Ages: 13 and up