Hvad kan jeg sige? det er jo en fantastisk fortælling. Jeg tror det er meget svært for de fleste at forstå hvorfor hun ikke går, hvorfor hun finder sig i hans vanvittige adfærd. Men jeg synes at bogen så fint skildrer at det jo ikke er noget der sker på en uge, det er den hjernevask der foregår over mange år – den der udsletter dig som menneske og efterlader en pleaser, en brandslukker.
Og det er lige præcist derfor jeg synes at den bog er så fantastisk, at den formår at skildre det som er så svært at forklare.
Altså, jeg husker hende godt da hun var Lydia – jeg har mødt hende flere gange, hvor jeg i hendes optik var fjenden, en af de der vrede unge mennesker fra Jagtvej. Jeg ville have haft total respekt for denne fortælling, som på mange planer er skræmmende og frygtelig, og en usikkerhed som jeg selv kender til. Men jeg tabte illusionen om troværdigheden var da hun beskrev en situation som jeg personligt var en del af, og hendes beskrivelse som er fremført som fakta – passer simpelthen ikke, det er aldrig sket. Hvilket så får mig til at overveje hvor meget andet der er opspind for dramatisk effekt. Eller om det er der narrativ som har eksisteret i kirken og det derfor er blevet den kollektive opfattelse og hun derfor husker det gennem et filter, det skal jeg ikke kunne sige – men det gør mig simpelthen så skide skuffet. Jeg ved at forfatteren senere har været med til at skabe et exit program for folk fanget i sekteriske grupper, hvilket jeg har alt mulig respekt for. Jeg har mødt mange af de mennesker hun skriver om, som Ruth og Christina, jeg har set den kulde der kommer fra begge – og hørt det religiøse vanvid der kommer fra deres munde. Det var svært at tage seriøst dengang som nu, men jeg er ikke et sekund i tvivl om at Ruth er en farlig kvinde, en mester manipulator. Så tak til forfatteren for at sætte fokus på hjernevask og skadelige sekter, og fortsæt endeligt dit gode arbejde, du er uden tvivl en dygtig mentor med meget erfaring, men forfatter blir du aldrig, sorry not sorry.
[I remember her from she was Lydia – I met her on several occations where I, in her world were the enemy – one of those angry young people from Jagtvej. I would have had nothing but respect for this story, which is super unnerving and scary on many levels. But I lost the illusion of credability when she described a situation where I was there in person, and her account in regards to what was facts – is simply not true, it never happened that way. Which in turn makes me wonder how much of her tale is just that, a tale spun for readers. Or if it was the narrative which existed within the church and therefore she remebers it through that filter of brainwashing, I don’t know – but it is very disappointing. I know the author later was the driving force behing making a Danish exit program for people caught up in cults, and I do respect that.
I met many of the people she describes in her book, like Ruth and Christina, and I have felt the cold from them both, and I have heard their religious nonsense. It was as difficult to take seriously back then as it is now, but there is no doubt in my mind that Ruth is a dangerous woman, a master manipulator. So thank you to the author for making aware of the brainwashing going on inside the Danish cults, and please do continue the good work of helping -I am sure you are a good mentor with lots of experience – But you will never be an author, sorry not sorry.]
I actually really enjoyed this book, it’s a facinating tale, and a facinating place. But this book really drags out – and that is the reason for the low rating, it gets insanely long winded by the end. But if you enjoy a these type books I’d absolutely recommend you this if it’s below 2 quid.
very disjointed, jumbled and feels unfinished somehow. Also I was crossing my fingers for no weird alien/UFO theories, didn’t work, and that was the nail in the coffin. The cases are most of them slightly interesting, some are very intersting – but not enough of them to save this book.
I admit that I never read anything from this author, and therefor does not know anything about his authorship. I love dark documentaries and it was on this basis I bought his book. It was however in my opinion way too detailed, to a point where it read like the islandic sagas. Too much introduced at one time.. And it is something of a stretch to claim in the tagine that cannibalism is involved, it’s mentioned once and it’s a presumption. Is it a tale of child abuse, most definitely. I found the meticulous documentation boring, like reading a textbook at college, even if the over all theme is really so bizarre that you keep reading.
there was a few really well composed casefiles, and they earned all the stars. sadly it is in general just incredibly uninteresting and repetitive.
I feel like I should add that it sounds like I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I claim that thorough retelling of cases is boring. Problem is the book rarely takes a different take than any other book, it doesn’t bring anything new to the table.
If i wanted to read an essay, I would have bought me a collection of essays.
Such a damn shame, because I really, really wanted to like this book.
So this book was so mediocre that I apparently didn’t even bother writing something when I finished. I do love true crime stories and theories (more or less sane) about cold cases… but this book did not bring anything new to the table, and as far as I can see he wrote like a fuckton of these – I honestly reads like a wiki copypaste thing – just don’t bother.