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‘Poignant’ Sunday Times
‘Fascinating.’ The Times
‘Enrapturing.’ Red Magazine
Miss Dilys Barltrop is a devoted member of The Panacea Society, a cult populated almost entirely by virtuous single women.
When she strikes up a friendship with Grace – a new recruit – God finally seems to be smiling upon her. But Dilys is wary of her leader’s zealotry, and fearful of those who watch her every move, hoping for a sign of the deep and terrible failings she struggles to keep hidden. Faith is supplanted by doubt, and as both women come to question what is true and fear what is real, Dilys will have to learn the true cost of absolute devotion…
A remarkable story, remarkably told. Peppered with deft one-liners, sharp observations and eccentric characters who feel real. To read The Rapture is to immerse yourself in a complete and curious world where internal passions meet external appearances. I loved it. Claire McGlasson is a brave and brilliant new voice in fiction.
An extremely accomplished debut. I was absolutely fascinated by all the details about The Panacea Society... the narrative voice of Dilys drives the plot beautifully and it is impossible not to feel her fear, joy and anguish. I found Claire’s story gripping, unsettling and ultimately extremely moving. It is a tale beautifully and sensitively told that continues to haunt me.
Intriguing [and] fascinating… impressive.
Poignant and compelling... made all the more remarkable for being rooted in fact. Claire McGlasson portrays beautifully Dilys' struggle to reconcile her newly awakened thoughts and feelings with the beliefs instilled in her by those she has always trusted. In peering into the claustrophobic world of The Panacea Society, we're forced to consider the relationship between dreams and reality; love and obsession; and blind faith and madness. This is a story that will stay with me.
McGlasson has built a compelling portrait of a group of vulnerable souls, devastated by loss and war, looking for a truth that they can believe in… A powerful and thought provoking piece of work… it seeps into your soul.
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