The project / Courtney Summers.

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      Summary: Lo Denham, wants to expose the Unity Project as a cult and reconnect with her indoctrinated sister, but as she immerses herself in the group with no signs of Bea, Lo begins to question everything she thought was true.
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      Summary: After their parents died, Bea Denham joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there's more to the group than meets the eye. She has spent the last six years of her life trying-- and failing-- to prove it. When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo's investigation puts her in the direct path of its leader, Lev Warren. Delving into The Project and the lives of its members upends everything she thought she knew about her sister, herself, cults, and the world around her.
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Booklist Reviews 2020 December #2

*Starred Review* When a semi-truck slammed into her parents' car and killed them instantly, Lo Denham survived only by the grace of God. Her older sister, Bea, believed that Lo lived because of Lev Warren, a man who claims to be divine. Now, Lo hasn't seen or heard from her sister in almost six years; Bea's been folded into The Unity Project, Lev Warren's charitable organization that, despite cult rumors, remains steadfastly aboveboard. Lo is left with only a scar across her face, a fear of driving, and a thirst for uncovering—and writing—the truth. When The Unity Project intrudes upon her life in a shockingly violent way, Lo seizes the chance to look into the darkest of her suspicions and discover what's happened to her sister during the years when she was missing. But to get close to the Project, she'll have to get close to Lev Warren, and once she enters his orbit, she won't leave unchanged. Summers follows up her smash hit Sadie (2018) with a deeply disconcerting investigative thriller that seems unassuming but worms under the skin and into the mind. Bit by bit, she unspools the threads of her story—Lo narrating in the present, flashes of Bea's history revealed in the past—until, eventually, the brutally tense beginning gives way to the frenzied end. Winding questions of faith and sacrifice into an already fibrous plot, Summers presents a rich offering that lingers even as it shocks. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: If All the Rage (2015) put Summers on the map, Sadie shot her into the stratosphere. This latest, her tightest yet, delivers on every promise. Grades 10-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2021 January #1

Nineteen-year-old Lo Denham's name isn't short for lonely, but it could be: after her parents died in a car accident that scarred Lo and left her near death, her adored older sister Bea joined the Unity Project, an insular Upstate New York religious group that's constantly fighting accusations of culthood. Lo longs to be a writer, but though she's landed a job at a Vice-like magazine, also upstate, she's stuck as its editor's assistant. When she witnesses a suicide that turns out to have links to the Unity Project, she embarks on an investigation of the secretive, seemingly well-meaning group and her sister's whereabouts. By turns driven, vulnerable, and impulsive, Lo gets closer and closer to the Project's charismatic, damaged leader, risking everything to find the truth. Alternating Lo and Bea's viewpoints and moving around in time, Summers (Sadie) makes effective use of each character's limited knowledge, creating a twisty plot that's full of hooks. Ages 13–up. Agent: Faye Bender, the Book Group. (Feb.)

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