Told by a former high-level member of the Peoples Temple and Jonestown survivor, Seductive Poison is the "truly unforgettable" (Kirkus Review) story of how one woman was seduced by one of the most notorious cults in recent memory and how she found her way back to sanity.
From Waco to Heaven's Gate, the late 20th century saw its share of cult tragedies. But none was quite so dramatic or compelling as the Jonestown massacre of 1978, in which the Reverend Jim Jones and 913 of his disciples perished. Deborah Layton had been a member of the Peoples Temple for seven years when she departed for Jonestown, Guyana, the promised land nestled deep in the South American jungle.
When she arrived, however, Layton saw that something was seriously wrong. Jones constantly spoke of a revolutionary mass suicide, and Layton knew only too well that he had enough control over the minds of the Jonestown residents to carry it out. But her pleas for help - and her sworn affidavit to the U.S. government - fell on skeptical ears.
In this very personal account, Layton opens up the shadowy world of cults and shows how anyone can fall under their spell. Seductive Poison is both an unflinching historical document and a riveting story of intrigue, power, and murder.
©1999 Deborah Layton (P)2013 Random House Audio
"A suspenseful tale of escape that reads like a satisfying thriller, Layton's account is the most important personal testimony to emerge from the Jonestown tragedy." (The Chicago Tribune)
"A fascinating account of a debacle that continues to resonate" (Entertainment Weekly)
"A chilling account... Truly unforgettable" (Kirkus Review, starred review)
It's all about real people and real, very real, proclivities we have for "being saved".
The Author, of course. She writes with incredible insight into herself, as she was, as a young, desperate, person.
This story delves into the heart of the nature of human existence. If you're not interested in that, don't go there. But do anyway ...
A story of innocence, courage & a strong sense of ‘Self’ triumphing over evil...
My book group read Layton's affecting memoir a while ago. It was compelling then but with this remarkable new audio version what I missed while reading is made far more real and powerful.
Hearing the author read her open the recording transported me immediately into the story. Although most is narrated by the wonderful Kathe Mazur, the author’s voice set the tone, creating a haunting sense of urgency.
Filled with innocent yearnings, Layton's gradual realization that she was used and misled and might die for her naiveté propels this story into its heart pounding, edge of your seat escape.
In the end, our seemingly unsophisticated protagonist outwits the warped megalomaniacal psychopath in the jungle and wins her freedom, though at a terrible cost
Layton’s lovely voice returns to read her last two chapters. Unlike the book, the Audible version has a new Afterword which brings the story full circle.
An honest, beautifully written & Essential Audible Listen.
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