Continuing this series on suggested Christmas presents, today’s suggestion is Children of the Folded Valley – by far my most successful novel to date.
Intended Readership: Adults.
Children of the Folded Valley was shortlisted by the SpaSpa Book Awards in 2014, coming third in the fantasy category, though I personally think of it more as a coming of age memoir set against a “light” science fiction backdrop.
Here is the blurb from the back of the book:
During a journey to visit his estranged sister, James Harper recalls his childhood growing up in a mysterious valley cut off from the outside world, as part of a cult called the Folded Valley Fellowship.
In this seemingly idyllic world, the charismatic Benjamin Smiley claimed to be protecting his followers from an impending nuclear apocalypse.
But the valley concealed a terrifying secret.
A secret that would change Smiley’s followers forever.
A sample of the many rave reviews:
“I don’t usually leave reviews but I felt so strongly about encouraging people to read this fantastic book. It had me captured from start to finish. At one stage in the book I actually thought it was a true story.” – Paul, Amazon.
“The use of re-written religious doctrine to control, govern and frighten is particularly chilling… Full marks to Simon Dillon for this creative and highly readable novel.” – Around Robin, Amazon.
“Creepy and unnerving. Kept me gripped the whole way through.” – Lucyboo, Amazon.
“I couldn’t put it down.” – Bukky, Amazon.
“I had so much adrenaline flowing by the end that I couldn’t get to sleep!” – Hells Thomas, Goodreads.
“Well thought through, compassionate… Full of empathy.” – Over, Amazon.
“So well written, you could believe it was a memoir.” – Shelley, Amazon.
“A perturbing and very original story… The ending is magnificent.” – Joan, Goodreads.