The Cresswell Plot

The Cresswell Plot

by Eliza Wass


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ISBN-13: 9781484730430
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,330,721
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Eliza Wass is a freelance writer, editor and journalist. She comes from Southern California where she was one of nine perfect children with two perfect parents. She has thousands of friends, all of whom either come in a dust jacket or post obsessively on Twitter. Eliza spent seven years in London with the most amazing man in the world, her late husband Alan Wass of Alan Wass and the Tourniquet, who inspired her to pursue her dreams and live every day of her life. Visit her website at and follow her on Twitter @lovefaithmagic.

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The Cresswell Plot 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
This book is slow at first but i love it. Its different and i like different
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From: The Cresswell Plot shows the reader an insight of what is like to live under a controlling father who is also a religious fanatic, not a very good combination. Due to this you cannot expect regular characters. The Creswell family is definitely odd and hard to relate to if you haven’t live in a situation like theirs, but still is easy to feel some empathy towards them. They all have strange fears and attitudes that their father has imposed on them. For what I’ve read about the author, she lived in a similar situation in which her family was part of a religious sect and was very strict, she didn’t notice this behavior wasn’t normal until she was a teenager and decided to leave their living style. The main character is Castella, who longs the life of a regular high school girl, her siblings don’t have a major role in the story, just to be rebel with her or to tell her to stop disobeying their father. From the outside world, I totally despised the characters, everyone was extremely rude with the Cresswell kids for being odd, but they never tried to help them in any way when it’s pretty obvious there is something off in their house. They are malnourished, wear old clothes, skip school for days, also one of the kids, Jerusalem, the youngest, doesn’t even speak, not because she can’t, but because she doesn’t want to and none at school does something to investigate why. The only likeable or decent character from school was George, Castella’s theater partner, they get really close but then the author decided to turn him into a douche too, this near the end of the book. The book keeps a mysterious vibe all the time, and portrays the father as an almighty being that you don’t know when could appear out of nowhere or how bad can he react or act, is the type of person you must be careful with. He is a very interesting character, because it seems he started this odd religion/cult that only involves his family, wife and children, and he proclaims to be a messiah and that God speaks to him and he writes everything in a book which he imposes to his family to obey, it doesn’t matter if the words make zero sense. He is a negligent father, doesn’t work, only sells old stuff he repairs and his family is literally starving, he punishes everyone who distrust him or disobey him in very cruel ways, he is a completely crazy character you don’t know what to expect from him. The plot is not clear until nearly the end of the book, for most of it, it follows the everyday life of the Cresswell family, it’s until nearly the end that something shocking is reveled and it’s when Castella has to try her best to help her family to break free from their father. The book is short but still engaging and interesting, something a bit different of usual YA books, mysterious, kind of stressful, and touches topics like bullying, domestic violence, religious fanaticism and incest, this because the father wants his children to marry between them, he already decided the couples. I would preferred a better development in characters or a bit of more info about how their father got into that religion, or what happens with him in the end, but still is an enjoyable and mysterious read. If you are in the mood for an unconventional YA story, with almost no romance but interesting setting and a different type of characters, you might want to read this one. Tanya C. [Bois de Merveilles]
SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
The Cresswell Plot drew me in right from the start. The story is atmospheric and mysterious. Born into a family full of secrets, hidden by their father’s intense homegrown faith and lack of trust in the general public, Castella, known as Castley, reminded me of myself as a teenager. She has this innate desire to know more, and break free from the ties that bind her to all that she has ever known. However, Castley is strongly bonded with her siblings and spends most of the book walking that fine line that many of us have had to walk in our lives—honoring our families and honoring ourselves. My heart ached for Castley and her brothers and sisters. Looking in from the outside, I could see what those outside the family saw when looking that them. I wanted to help them, but as Wass draws you into the story, you start to understand why, perhaps, it isn’t as easy to leave if you are living on the inside. When the big family secret is revealed, I was as shocked as Castley’s siblings to learn the truth. I was so wrapped up in their struggle that the reveal knocked me upside the head in an expected fashion. I would definitely recommend The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass. Wass is able to create a world that is fascinating, mystical and heart breaking. The truth behind the grit and grime shines bright in an unexpected way in this debut novel.
manduhpaigereads More than 1 year ago
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. This book left me so horrified at what I had just read that I had a nightmare that night inspired by this story. In the Cresswell Plot, we follow a family who is more of a cult than an actual family unit. The father is a religious fanatic and absolutely terrifying and the mother was beyond infuriating. I could not help but fear for all of the children in this story, and there are six of them (3 boys and 3 girls), all of high school age. Our main character is Castella. She is a triplet and a junior in high school, and she seems to be the only one of her siblings that has doubts about their father. These characters were all so well done. Each child has something they are struggling with that goes against their father's beliefs. The things that these characters are put through because of their father broke my heart. The father punishes these kids by abusing them, and then telling them it's "the will of God". The mother is bed ridden and has absolutely nothing to do with her children. And then there is school, where they are basically social outcasts, except one brother who is the school's football star. They are not allowed to participate in any school activities, except the one kid who plays football, and they aren't supposed to socialize with anybody who isn't a Cresswell, especially someone of the opposite sex. As you can guess, most of these teenagers are having a hard time dealing with this. Did I mention that each of the Cresswell kids are paired off to each other to be "married"? Yes, the father believes this is the only way they can all be together in heaven. This book absolutely horrified me, but captivated me from the very first page. I just could not, and did not, want to put it down. I feared for these characters safety through the whole book, and I absolutely loved our main character. If we had followed any other Cresswell I would not have enjoyed this book because they were all brain washed! I just kept rooting for Castella and hoping she would get through to her siblings. My only compliant is that I felt the end of this novel was cut way too short. It felt very abrupt, like I was missing a few chapters. There were answers I needed that I didn't get, which left me feeling a bit unsatisfied. Eliza Wass' writing was fantastic in this. It just captured your attention from the first sentence and did not let go until the last page. I really enjoyed the writing style and will absolutely pick up another book from this author in the future. The Cresswell Plot is marketed as a mystery/thriller but I think it's more of a survival story.If you're looking to be thoroughly creeped out, and if you like books that deal with cults or religious fanatics, definitely check this book out.
Samantha05 More than 1 year ago
Castella “Castley” Cresswell is part of a big family dedicated to God. Her and her five siblings live with their patriarchal father and injured and quiet mother deep in the woods. Though they attend school, they are bullied for their lifestyle and their clothes, while their bruises are ignored. When Castley is assigned her favorite class without any of her siblings, she slowly starts to see that perhaps she could make her own choices and that, just maybe, her father is wrong, especially as he hints their time on Earth won’t be too much longer. What I Loved: THE CRESSWELL PLOT brims with suspense and a creepy tension that can only bring chaos by the end. The premise of the cult family is intriguing, and readers will quickly sympathize with the siblings as the father’s psychotic methods are unraveled. As Castley and some of her siblings start to recognize the mind games, the pages won’t be able to turn quick enough, and the story flies by as trust is broken, relationships are destroyed, and the safety of Castley becomes more and more unlikely. What Left Me Wanting More: Though each character is interesting, the character arcs are a bit lacking. Castley’s rebellions are more jagged in development than smooth, and her siblings often fall a little flat. Likewise, while there are attempts to show how the father could have gotten to where he is in the story, readers are left with more questions than answers on how things got so bad, making him more of a one-dimensional villain. However, he is still scary, and the climax will inspire more than a few gasps. Final Verdict: Though the characterization leaves something to be desired, fans of a good cult suspense will devour THE CRESSWELL PLOT.
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
Okay...let me start out by saying that I almosted DNF'd this book... Why? Because I was scared it was going to go places that I just morally didn't want to read about. Because I was scared it was going to take me places mentally that I just did not have the power to go. Because I was scared of it. But I persevered. And I pushed through. And OMG! I am so happy that I didn't allow myself to DNF. I would have missed out on such a fantastic, beautiful read. So saying all that, I bet you may be wondering what The Cresswell Plot is about huh? Well, it is mostly about Castley Cresswell as it is told from her point of view. She is just one of a whole group of siblings. But the Cresswell's aren't your normal family. They make their own clothes, live out in the woods in a huge run down house. They don't go to the doctors when they are sick. They only go to school because their parents were forced by the authorities to put them there. They also have their own religion. One that their father is in charge of. He has written a book that they all study and pray over. Father is the one to fear. He is the one who delivers the punishments. Mother is just there, in the background not to be bothered. Their religion is a huge focal point of the whole story. The children have been raised believing that they are the only ones who are going to be allowed into heaven. And that the person they are supposed to marry is one of their siblings. In fact, father has already decided which child is to marry which... The Cresswell siblings didn't know any of this was a little off until they were sent to school... This description is poor and only touches the surface of The Cresswell Plot. The story is so much more with so much more involved. Once I was finally able to get over my fears about the story I was able to enjoy it so much! And I am so glad that I finished it and didn't let myself get in the way! This book could have been so much longer though. There was so much I would have loved to learn more about, but I guess we are going to be left hanging :( Also, this is a story I wouldn't mind reading from the point of views of the other children, not just of Castley. The Cresswell Plot shows you one side, but each one of these characters has their own story behind them and I just wish I could know it. This is also a book that is going to cause you to have emotions. I've already told you about how I experienced fear...but I also experienced anger, disgust, and more. This is a book that needs to be read. My Rating 4 Stars Find more of my reviews here: This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher through Irish Banana Blog Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review.