Article Title



Lisa Packard


Excellent, Young Adult, Natasha Preston, Cults, Memories, Family, Love

Document Type

Book Review


Scarlett Garner remembers nothing before the age of four. As she tries to move on from what her family tells her is PTSD from a fire, she meets a new boy in school. Noah is everything she ever wanted; he's so sweet and kind. She trusts him with everything and he'll do anything for her. Noah is conflicted because of the task he is ordered to do. He must make Scarlett fall in love with him so that he can bring her back to her birth parents and the cult, Eternal Light. As Scarlett is traveling home from a trip, she gets into a car wreck with her family and she starts to remember her past. Her parents and brother don't want to talk about it and when they do, Scarlett knows they are lying. The only relief she gets from them and her memories is when she is with Noah. Eventually Scarletts' parents tell her they took her away from a cult that was going to sacrifice her. She doesn't understand it all and is so confused. Noah convinces her to go on a trip with him to forget about it for a while. Little does Scarlett know that Noah is leading her to her death. Scarlett becomes trapped in Eternal Light and is trying to find a way to escape. Noah feels guilty for tricking her and starts to doubt his beliefs. Noah comes to realize that he loves Scarlett more than following his beliefs and runs away with her to keep her safe. They find their way back to a city and report Eternal Light to the police, where they capture all the followers and Scarlett becomes safe again.