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See You In September

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  2,129 ratings  ·  273 reviews
Cassy blew a collective kiss at them. 'See you in September,' she said. A throwaway line. Just words, uttered casually by a young woman in a hurry. And then she'd gone.

It was supposed to be a short trip - a break in New Zealand before her best friend's wedding. But when Cassy waved goodbye to her parents, they never dreamed that it would be years before they'd see her agai
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Allen & Unwin (first published 2017)
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Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
UNPUTDOWNABLE!!! I can't praise "See You In September" by Charity Norman highly enough. I was utterly entranced by it from the very first page and even found myself wanting to continue reading it during the night and I've never done that before. So at three o'clock in the morning, the light was on, tea was made and I was catching up on the final few pages of this superb and suspenseful story.
'Cassy blew a collective kiss at them. "See you in September"' she said......And then she'd gone.' Only i
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just what I like in a thriller. Could. Not. Put. This. Down.

Weekend reading = dirty house. I always do this :(

A lovely English lass embarks on the trip of a lifetime in New Zealand, back pack and boyfriend at the ready. Right on queue, enter fight with boyfriend in pouring rain and a warm van packed with hippies.

A nice addition to this story is the step by step 'Cult Manual' at the beginning of each chapter, which is voiced between Cassy who is immersed in the horrible cult, and the voices from
Rachel Hall
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
See You in September is a top-down exploration of one families experience when their eldest daughter’s planned short break to New Zealand results in her making a life-changing decision to join a idyllic sounding farming collective. When the community swiftly evolves into something far more sinister than simply a shared belief in sustainable living and stewardship of the land it becomes more akin to resembling a brainwashing cult prophesying doomsday with shocking implications to come. In this am ...more
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to fiction and nonfiction, I only need to hear the word ‘cult’ and I'm there.

‘See you in September’ were Cassy Howells' parting words to her parents, younger sister, and best friend as she, and her boyfriend Hamish, waved goodbye at Heathrow Airport. The couple were headed to New Zealand for two months, a sightseeing adventure holiday before their final year of university. But traveling together 24/7 takes its toll, and an argument with Hamish at a petrol station outside Auckland
“Young Diana—along with half the nation—watched her on the news: wild-haired, passionate, dressed in homespun rags and screaming, I want a safe world for our children! as she was dragged away by two burly policemen. The world hadn’t felt any safer for it. Diana hadn’t felt proud of her warrior mother. She’d felt abandoned.”

This is Cassy’s story, but the reason I include this is that she grew up feeling very close to her warrior grandmother, probably closer than to her mother, Diana.

It opens w
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Waving goodbye to her parents, Cassy sets off for a quick trip with her boyfriend, Hamish around New Zealand. Little did they know this could be the last time they see her.

Standing along the side of a highway trying to hitch a ride Cassy and Hamish have an argument and Cassy storms off leaving Hamish behind. Moments later Cassy gets chatting with a friendly crowd of people who suggest she comes back with them to their commune. Cassy takes them up on their offer and once she arrives at their com
As Cassy left her family at Heathrow – “see you in September” - to head overseas on her holiday of a lifetime with her boyfriend, little did anyone know that it would be a very long time until they saw her again. And Cassy would be changed, irrevocably changed, as would the lives of her parents, Diana and Mike, and sister Tara.

New Zealand was their final destination before returning home for a wedding, but it was there that Cassy was invited to stay for a few days at a farming community. Gethsem
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
4.5 stars
Faith, alternative living, family and guiding relationships form the essence of Charity Norman’s 2017 release, See You in September. This is a novel that completely monopolizes your attention so all you can think about is THIS novel. See You in September puts the spotlight on cults and organised religions, through Charity Norman’s in-depth examination into one British young woman’s experiences of Gethsemane, a New Zealand based farming collective.

Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic! One thing all readers can be certain of is that Charity Norman will come up with fresh exciting stories. I have read The Son In Law and The New Woman. In my view See You In September is the best novel that Charity Norman has written. I loved every sentence. About the story Cassy Howells had been with her boyfriend for two years and has called Time on their relationship. Cassy goes of traveling. Cassy finds herself at a cult religious place. She seems to have been brain wash ...more
Something a little bit different for me, but I was tempted to read this on the basis of good reviews from a few trusted GR friends. I found myself totally absorbed in the story, but at the same time acting as a curious bystander, observing my own reactions to the characters and events.

Set in New Zealand, on the shores of remote and ruggedly beautiful Lake Tarawera, this is the story of British backpacker, Cassy, who meets some friendly locals and goes to stay at their sustainable farming collect
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’d put off reading this book. I wondered if a book about a girl joining a cult would be heavy-going or too obviously a cautionary tale of sorts. But, as it happens, it was neither. I actually wrote very few notes as I read it in a night, and the only thing leaping out of my jottings is the phrase ‘surprisingly riveting’ with several exclamation marks for good measure.

This book actually opens with Cassy’s mother Diana at the site of her daughter’s former home-cum-haven and she’s seeing first-han
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 STARS.
A mesmerizing look inside a cult- how they recruit a person and draw them in; how they manipulate you into believing what they wish you to believe. This book was utterly terrifying but utterly believable.
We meet Cassy, who goes on vacation with her boyfriend. They have an argument and go their separate ways. She receives an invitation to a isolated farming community which seems too good to pass up on. There she becomes totally enraptured with their life and philosophy.
We also meet Dian
Mandy Radley
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book from local author Charity Norman. We've been waiting a while for this and I read it over three evenings and now can't wait for her next book. This book is set in New Zealand and we follow Cassy who with her boyfriend are backpacking around New Zealand. While trying to hitch a lift from Auckland down to Taupo she tells him she's pregnant. Obviously this doesn't go down well with Hamish and he doesn't want anything to do with it. Tired, cold and wet, Cassy accepts a lift fro ...more
Dale Harcombe
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars
Before she returns for her best friend’s wedding, Cassy plans a short break in New Zealand with her boyfriend Hamish. So they catch their plane but plans have a habit of changing as they both find out. After an argument with Hamish Cassy accepts a lift from a van of happy, friendly people. They invite her to stay at their farming collective called Gethsemane. Everyone seems to be so happy and get along so well that a short stay becomes longer. The longer she stays the more
It's a scenario that plenty of families deal with every day. Teenager's off to spend their gap year travelling in far flung locations - in this case British backpacker Cassy heading to New Zealand with her boyfriend for a short break before returning to her best friend's wedding, study and a normal life. When Cassy gets to New Zealand, however, normality becomes a split with her boyfriend, a chance encounter with some very welcoming people in a van, and years away from home, a life in the midst ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whilst on holiday in New Zealand, Cassy has a row with her boyfriend, Hamish. After abandoning him, she hitches a ride with a group of people who persuade her to join them in Gethsemane, a rural community which lies within the volcanic shadow of Mount Tarawera.

Living a sustainable existence in such an idyllic location is an attractive proposition to Cassy and even though she knows should return to her family in London, she is entranced by the group's ideology and decides to make her home with t
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Novel set near Rotorua, New Zealand.
This review first appeared on our blog where the author also talks about locale:

I have always enjoyed Charity Norman’s novels and she always chooses an interesting subject for each book. See you in September is no exception.

Cassy’s family waves her and her boyfriend, Hamish, off for a Summer trip to New Zealand. She is part way through her law degree and is having a few doubts about the course her life is taking. Does s
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a huge fan of Charity Norman ever since I read & adored 'Freeing Grace' so I was really looking forward to the arrival of 'See You In September' on my Kindle.

'See You In September' is the story of Cassie. When travelling in New Zealand she has an argument with her boyfriend & travelling companion and ends up taking a lift from a happy bunch of people who invite her back to their community. She is enthralled by the atmosphere created by these caring people and decides to stay a while.
Melissa Kirkman
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved loved loved this book!! Read it over a 5 hour period as I couldn't put it down.

I loved the insight into how cults prey on the vulnerable and how they so easily seem to brainwash people. I loved how real world events were incorporated into the story and how truthful and realistic the book was.

The characters were all believable and honest and I especially enjoyed seeing things from the view of the parents as well as Cassie and how such a seemingly innocent life decision can impact so many
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So so good! Read this in 2 days, couldn’t put it down, and didn’t want it to end.
A real eye opener about cults and how they can convince a smart law student into never leaving, not by forcing them to stay but just by using gentle persuasion....also a great story with realistic events.
set in New Zealand next to a lake in beautiful peaceful surroundings easy to immerse yourself into why you wouldn’t want to leave!
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an absolutely brilliant, deep and fantastic story.

Cassie goes backpacking in New Zealand with her boyfriend Hamish before resuming her studies in law.

Whilst over there, they end up breaking up on the side of the road when Cassie tells him she suspects she's pregnant with his child. She hitches a lift to Rotorua in a van with people who are warm, caring and kind. They tell her to come back with them to their self sufficient community in Gethsemane.

So she does. And never quite gets round to
I was hooked from the first page as the author took me on an gripping journey with Cassy and her family. The setting of the community was idyllic, and I even though it's a fictional community I could see why Cassy was drawn to it. The descriptions of the farm along with the initial acceptance and positivity from the members sounded the perfect place to escape modern life and it's technological entrapments.

As a mother of a teenager I really felt for Cassy's family back home in London and complete
Ally McCudden
I have never read a book like this one.
Bree T
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I find cults really fascinating to read about – I’ve read a few books centred around some before, but mostly non-fiction accounts of Jonestown and the like. I think that tackling a cult in a fiction novel can be quite difficult because it’s hard to portray the true charisma and power of a leader. So much of it relies on atmosphere, emotions, sheer numbers of people all claiming to experience the same thing. It’s really hard to make that believable on paper.

Cassy was supposed to be travelling for
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-read
This book literally haunted me – I dreamt about its plot last night! Beautiful, bittersweet and thought-provoking, with characters I truly felt for and cared about.
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A really interesting story about how a normal, rational young adult could be sucked into a cult from seemingly benign beginnings.
Another great story from Charity Norman. This lady is a natural storyteller.

The book is about family reacts when one member joins a cult. It is told from the POV of a mother and daughter. It is balanced and non-judgmental.

I really enjoyed the narration by Scarlett Mack.
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow , loved this book ! Couldn’t put it down ! Was written with elequance , a true reflection of human devotion at its best and worst.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Charity Norman's writing for a long time. Her writing is powerful, she tackles difficult and often controversial subjects, but does it so very well.

I've always had a fascination for cults, and really enjoy fiction that looks at how cults are formed, and how people become part of them. In See You In September, this extremely talented author has taken apart the whole process of how an ordinary young girl from London could wave goodbye to her family at Heathrow as she sets off o
Sue Andrews
When I was asked to review this book by Lovereadinguk, I didn't realise the content, only that it was by one of my favourite authors. The story starts with Cassy and Hamish hitchhiking around New Zealand during a summer university break. They split up after an argument and Cassy is picked up by a very happy group of people and taken to a remote area where the people live in a commune called Gethsemane. Slowly she is inducted into, what turns out to be, a cult. Justin is the charismatic leader wh ...more
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Charity was born in Uganda, brought up in draughty vicarages in Yorkshire and Birmingham, met her future husband under a lorry in the Sahara and was a barrister in York Chambers, until - realising that her three children had barely met her - she moved with her family to New Zealand and began to write.

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