Book Review | Cult Insanity by Irene Spencer
Title: Cult Insanity: A Memoir of Polygamy, Prophets, and Blood Atonement
Author: Irene Spencer
About the Book:
Life for Irene Spencer was a series of devastating disappointments and hardships. Irene’s first book, Shattered Dreams, is the staggering chronicle of herstruggle to provide for her children in abject poverty and feelings of abandonment each time her husband left to be with one of his other wives. Irene was raised to believe polygamy was the way of life necessary for her ticket to heaven.
The hard knocks of her environment were just the beginning of Irene’s shocking tale. Insanity ran rampant in her husband’s family and was the source of inconceivable events that unfolded throughout Irene’s adult life. CULT INSANITY takes readers deeper into her story to uncover the outrageous behavior of her brother-in-law Ervil — a self-proclaimed prophet who determined he was called to set the house of God in order — and how he terrorized their colony. Claiming to be God’s avenger and to have a license to kill in the name of God, Ervil ordered the murders of friends and family members, eliminating all those who challenged his authority. For those who were gripped by Shattered Dreams, the rest of the story will blow them away. CULT INSANITY is a riveting, terrifying memoir of polygamist life under the tyranny of a madman.
I have read a number of books about polygamist cults and it is a subject that does fascinate me mainly because it portrays a way of life so different from my own. I had high hopes when I started to read this book, yet I left feeling a tad disappointed. I don’t want to say that I hated this book because I didn’t. It just wasn’t as good as I had expected. I think it was the author’s writing style and the way she told the story of the LeBaron brothers from different people’s viewpoints including her own. It was just a bit choppy to read in certain parts and I had a hard time keeping all the different people straight in my head. I felt that I didn’t really get to know any of the people in the book so I felt a bit of disconnect from the story.
On the plus side, it was interesting to read and learn about the polygamist way of life and I felt bad for the women in the story being forced to marry a man they don’t even love. If this is a subject that interests you, then you should check this book out.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*