Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the People's Temple

Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the People's Temple

by Deborah Layton
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Seductive Poison 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Deborah Layton has quite possibly lead one of the most unique lives of anyone on this planet today. She unviels her true skills as a writer in this masterpiece. If you enjoy a phsycological thriller, this book is for you. Layton goes into the most intimate details of her trully intimate life with the notorious Jim Jones. She was one of his most trusted companions, and thusly we get the pleasure of hearing nearly the entire story. One of my favorite aspects of this novel was the fact that Layton showed no regret as she wrote of her loyalty and faith in Jones. It allows the reader to feel what it was like to be entranced by the spell of Jim Jones. I know that throughout several parts of the chilling story, I certainly could have seen myself being seduced by the man had i been alive during the tradgedy. Once again, for those that enjoy having their minds temporarily warped by the books they read, this one is for you. One of the few downfalls of the book ( and something that I'm sure will depress some of the action hunters out there) is the fact that Layton made her escape before the ultimate fall of Jonestown. However morbid it may seem, I know that i for one would have loved a first hand account of what really happened on that fateful day. However, rest assured that there were many other strange happenings and tense moments that will keep you on the edge of your couch until the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hats off and hearts out to Deborah for her courage and bravery to escape that madness!! She has clinched it for me that Jim Jones was just another Hitler and Jonestown was nothing but a concentration camp. Everyone who is curious about the inside workings of this so-called church organization should read this book!!!
Adaptoid More than 1 year ago
The fact that this is a true story compounded the emotional response I had to this work. Most autobiographies don't rise to this level of quality writing and self-exposure. The last several chapters were more intense than any thriller I've read. This is unfortunate. I can only say that I'm happy that Deborah made it out alive and can enjoy her freedom with her daughter. The Jonestown murder-suicide occurred two days before my fifteenth birthday and has always stayed with me. This insightful book is highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This work was amazing she drew you in constantly until the bittersweet end. She is an amazing writer and I'm glad I read the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Exceptional writing. I felt like I was right there with the author during her years with the Peoples Temple. I felt her anxiety when she was planning her escape, and her pain of leaving her mother. While it seems impossible to understand how people can get involved in a cult, I thought the author did a good job explaining what life was like and how the brain washing occurred.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a lot of courage it took you to write that book. I am an ex member & my Son is a survivor. I wish I could contact you to find another person who is alive also. It sure was a bad experience & I am so proud of you to write this book. Thanks, Judy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The conditions under which the people sucked into Jones' deceit lived are disturbing, but nearly more-so is the dismissive response Deborah received when she finally had the courage (and opportunity) to speak up. Were that the ambassadors and consulates who did not take action paid off? And had those in government who later heard Deborah's testimony in received money from Jones? I am also outraged regarding Larry's imprisonment. Deborah's story speaks to many issues: the human condition to accept abuse in sacrifice for a firmly held belief, and the danger of demigods; the use of mind-control and group-think by cults; barriers within the system to protect those in harm, including political finance laws--which allowed Jones to buy power and blind acceptance from those who may have been able to stop his abuse; and the ability for those with freedom, food, and safety to ignore the reality of those without--to be in denial, or even to blame the victim, when exposed to their suffering. Thank you, Deborah Layton, for having the courage to tell your story. It is only with light that darkness can be fought.
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MK2 More than 1 year ago
This whole thing continues to fascinate me. Jim Jones was a freak-show that gave good people empty promises. It breaks my heart that although this was deemed as a mass-suicide, from what Deborah Layton and another survivor says this was mass-murder. I'm sure some of these people DID sacrifice themselves willing, but I saw a documentary about how one survivor talked about how people were being held down and injected with cyanide. This book is amazing and heart-breaking, and those who don't understand the whole cult thing need to read this in order to understand what these people went for - fellowship through their higher power and love for the community they hoped to create.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot begin to explain how powerful and breath taking this book is. It reads like a 'Best Seller' I read the book in one day, into the wee hours of the morning, because it captured my soul. I could not believe how everything just seemed to flow. Deborah had such a difficult adolescence period, then reading on you could see how easy it was for her to become so involved with Peoples Temple. She wrote the book so that each thread unraveled in sequence. I know in the end it seemed as though this would all end for Deborah, but here I am writing a review; however, I have never been so emotionally swept up by a book (a true story at that). I cried for her, the victims, Mama, her brother...what an experience. She must have healed some since then, but she can only imagine how many people she has healed. Her book, her life, her experience is so amazing, I am so thankful she lived to share it with society. I commend her on her bravery, her strength, and her honesty to share her past with her daughter. Deborah has made a wise decision by being honest with her daughter in sharing her tragedy, she will only be honored to have that connection they will possess. 'We never know who we are till we are called to rise; And, then if we are true to plan Our statues touch the skies.' --Emily Dickinson Yes, Deborah's statue has definately reached the skies!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Deborah Layton is lucky to be alive, after spending years in the grips of madman/late 'Reverend' Jim W. Jones and his People's temple. Her memoir of how life really was behind closed doors will leave you breathless and thankful that the madness that was the Temple is gone. Unfortunatley, 978 other followeres of Jones were lured to their own demise in Guyana, and the poignant style that Layton uses to describe her comrades really makes you feel that they were real people, not the lifeless corpses the news barraged the public with. Overall, a great read
Guest More than 1 year ago
un grande libro su una storia sconvolgente. un libro che ti fa riflettere,e apprezzare la propria liberta'. ammiro DEBORAH LAYTON,come scrittrice e come persona per il suo grande coraggio