/ Key title The devastating account of three sisters, torn apart and forced to suffer abuse and exploitation at the hands of a community that robbed them of their childhood. They reveal three lives, separate but entwined, that have experienced unspeakable horror, unrelenting loyalty and unforgettable courage. / Inspirational memoirs have a wide readership and frequently top the best-sellers list. This book combines the 'misery memoir' phenomenon with the fear and anticipation of a thriller. / Unique view-point of three sisters. / A story of this calibre will attract wide-scale media attention on publication. The authors will give interviews and publicise, and are highly promotable. / Serial and publicity in both major tabloids and broadsheets anticipated. / Competition: Little Prisoner by Jane Elliot (978-0-00-720893-7 pb); Don't Tell Mummy by Toni Maguire (978-0-00-722374-9 hb); One Child by Torey Hayden (978-0-00-719905-1 pb)
Kristina, Celeste and Julianna were all born into the cult The Children of God to the same father, David Jones, who remains a member of the organisation. Kristina and Celeste share the same mother. The three girls were separated from each other and their mothers at an early age and lived in various missions throughout the world under the 'care' of various foster parents. Both Kristina and Celeste were eventually able to escape the cult and study psychology at university. Julianna remained in the cult until well into her twenties, when falling pregnant provided the catalyst to make her escape. Julianna now works in Uganda, where she remains in contact with her remaining siblings in the cult.