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The Book of David

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Neglected by her mother, abused by her stepfather, and trapped in an oppressive cult, Willow Sands has lived the past three years with the shadow of her fifteenth birthday hanging over her. That was the day her mother handed her over to David, the son of their leader, promising her a future even more bleak than she’d ever imagined. Now, with her eighteenth birthday and the ...more
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Published March 8th 2019 by Twisted Press, LLC
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Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read quite a few books about the dysfunctionality of cults and the insidious effects they have on the mental and physical well being of many of those attracted to this way of life, without seemingly realising that it could be wrong on so many levels.
The Book of David is a thoughful, considered addition to that genre. It is well written, well paced and brings its isolated world to stark life. The oppression of women, in particular, is a subject which has a huge affect on me and this book
Karen Jelleberg
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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So good!!!

This book was so good!!! I even found myself reading up on cults to find the ones that most matched this story. Read this book!
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kate L Mary's books always have a strong female lead character. Most of them are zombie killers, all of them are strong, smart leaders. This book has taken a small step in a different direction, no zombies, per se, but some things can be worse than zombies. The setting is a cult. It is about everything that you would expect to find in a cult, some of it horrible to read about, but Willow stands out, making you cheer her on, knowing (hoping) that she will survive her intended fate. Wonderfully st ...more
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Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Cranky Stars

Well, this was a shocker. Not what I expected from this author but very good. It also was very upsetting to me but I’m giving it 5 stars because it is so well written. If you can’t handle reading about abuse and cults, don’t try this book. It will trigger.

This story is about a religious cult called the Children of David. David is their leader and they call him Father. Willow is a 15 year old girl born after her mother joined this cult. Her father had died before her birth and her
Stefanie Kral
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
✯✯4 Willow Filled Stars!!!✯✯

Kate L. Mary continues to prove over and over again why she’s one of my favorite authors. All her female characters are fighters. Doesn’t matter if their fighting zombies, post apocalyptic life, weird cult life or men thinking their word is final. They find a way to survive and come out on top.

Right before Willow was born her father and brothers died in a car accident. Her mother couldn’t handle loosing them and she found The Church of David. It’s the only life W
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whoa! This one is a wild ride. A very angsty cult story that pulls you in very quickly and makes you root for a feisty teenager who has to overcome some horrible abuse, but is determined to escape.

The heroine, Willow, is as resilient as the tree she's named after. Strong, bending, but never breaking. Reaching for the sky as she tries to escape the cult she's grown up in.

She begins to have feelings for a young man, Jared, who she is not allowed to have. She's been promised to a real monster, Dav
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I never ever read books like this, but I loved the cover so much, so I thought I give it a try. Normally I read only supernatural books. I started reading and I kept on reading, it was so good, took my breath away. I cried, and at times I was so angry. I love Willow so much, gonna miss her ... This was a very very good book, everyone should read it.
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Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
In The Book Of David, we follow Willow and her journey to break free of the life she was born in. She’s tried to escape before only to be forced back into the cult. She’s given up hope until Jared turns everything upside down. I enjoyed reading about Willow and her strength. There are triggers in this book but are handled with care. I’m not much for cult reads but Willow’s strength and determination really built the story and kept me reading even though it was out of my comfort zone. I enjoy Kat ...more
InD'tale Magazine
“The Book of David,” is a first person look into the life of one young woman’s struggle against violence, misogyny, inequality, and the torturous nature of mental and physical abuse at the hands of those who are supposed to love and protect her.

Read full review in the 2019 April issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Aug 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Listened on Audible. Good narration. The narrator does a clear performance and her voice fits lead character, Willow, well.

I was a bit bored by this. A lot of the book is just cult stuff, and it’s not even an interesting cult. It’s the typical, non-surprising type of cult that men are the rulers and the women are subservient. Girls are raped by their intended when they are 15, and then forced to marry that person when they are 18. Father David is the cult leader that says he talks to God and the
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Willow is beat down by everyone in her life, her mother, her stepfather, her cult leader, and especially his son. She was given no choices and no voice. It made me feel so bad for her at times. She is a fighter and she doesn’t back down easily – at least in her mind. She is a strong person and it is nice to see her stand up for herself when she can.
I really enjoyed watching the friendship and common bond Willow developed with Jared. He had a loving parent in his life – but living in the same cu
Kimberly-Dawn Quinn
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I studied cults in Religious Studies and this was pitch perfect for the isolation, child brides and abuses that abound with leaders who cannot be questioned. The relationships throughout the story are heartbreaking, well developed and very human. The dysfunctional aspects of normal people who are taken in by charismatic leaders is solid. I found myself holding my breath at times. “Marital” rape and trauma are handled truthfully. The resilience and strength of one young Woman in spite of incredib ...more
Ashley Hedden
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Book of David was a good read by Kate L. Mary. Willow has been neglected by her mom, abused by her stepdad, and trapped by a cult. Unfortunately her fifteenth birthday is hanging over her. Her mother handed her over to David, the son of their leader. The day of her eighteenth birthday will also be her wedding day. She never expected to find Jared and find hope in him. She's haunted by the freedom she let slip through her fingers years ago. I enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more by t ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian, fiction
Loved this one!

A young woman, living in fact cult where you are betrothed at 15. And there is the betrothed night which breaks the spirit of the young girls.
Another great story by Kate L. Mary.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This is an incredibly powerful book. Kate L. Mary is not afraid to take on tough subject matter and this book is a perfect example. It deals with incredibly harsh topics and she's handled them amazingly. It will definitely leave you speechless.
Michelle Neal
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was hard to put down!! You never knew what was going to happen next!!
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Willow Sands has been raised her entire life inside of a cult. Desperate to get out, but afraid of what will happen to the only person she loves if she leaves.
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Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of Adult, New Adult, and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance! Her YA book, When We Were Human, was a 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and a 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal winner for Young Adult Science Fiction. ...more

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