Author: Courtney Summers

Publication Date: February 2, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Description

Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died, Lo’s sister, Bea, joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there’s more to the group than meets the eye. She’s spent the last six years of her life trying—and failing—to prove it.

When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo sees the perfect opportunity to expose the group and reunite with Bea once and for all. When her investigation puts her in the direct path of its leader, Lev Warren and as Lo delves deeper into The Project, the lives of its members it upends everything she thought she knew about her sister, herself, cults, and the world around her—to the point she can no longer tell what’s real or true. Lo never thought she could afford to believe in Lev Warren . . . but now she doesn’t know if she can afford not to. 

Book Review

The Project by Courtney Summers is an interesting book about sisters and a cult.

A car accident killed their parents and injured Lo. Bea decides to join The Unity project leaving Lo to be raised by a great aunt they’ve never met. The Unity Project is well known for helping people, but Lo believes there is a darker side to the project. Lo works to try to expose The Unity Project. During Lo’s research she gets deeper into The Unity Project than she ever imagined. Lo discovers many things about her sister and cults that she never imagined. All Lo wants is to expose The Unity Project and be reunited with her sister. Will Lo succeed?

I enjoyed The Project. I find books about cults fascinating especially when the reader gets inside cult member’s heads. The Project is told in present day from the perspective of Lo and the past in the perspective of Bea. I enjoyed discovering how the sisters reacted to different situations and how they felt about each other. The reader knows how Bea feels and what she is thinking before she joins The Unity Project. Her opinions change throughout the book. Lo has spent years trying to figure out how to expose The Unity Project so she can be reunited with her sister that she never stopped loving. Both sisters love each other but are unsure how the other feels about them. Bea has many secrets that Lo uncovers. Some of these secrets cause Lo to wonder about Bea. The story starts out from Bea’s perspective and caused me to instantly feel sorry for Bea. It was interesting to hear about Bea making questionable decisions. I always liked Lo and liked how she fought to find answers.

Thank you Wednesday Books, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for The Project.

About the Author

Courtney Summers is a New York Times bestselling author of several novels. Her career in writing began in 2008, when she was 22. Her work has been released to critical acclaim and multiple starred reviews, receiving numerous awards and honors—including the Edgar Award, the John Spray Mystery Award, the Cybils Award, the White Pine award, the Odyssey Award and the Audie Award—and has enjoyed recognition on many library, state, ‘Best Of’ and Readers’ Choice lists. Courtney has reviewed for The New York Times, is the founder of 2015 worldwide trending hashttag #ToTheGirls, and in 2016, she was named one of Flare Magazine’s 60 under 30.

She lives and writes in Canada.

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