Best of the Book Nook: Seductive Poison, by Deborah Layton
In November of 1978 the Reverend Jim Jones instigated the mass suicide of over 900 of his followers at Jonestown in the remote jungles of Guyana in South America. Twenty years later Deborah Layton who had been a member of the cult leader's inner circle published a memoir about her experiences in the People's Temple.
Written in the present tense so that readers feel like they are experiencing events as they happened, this powerful story captures the madness and the horror of that epic tragedy. Layton escaped from Jonestown before Reverend Jones forced his followers to consume cyanide. Her first person account is chilling.
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