Those Who Prey

Jennifer Moffett

fiction mystery thriller young adult
dark mysterious slow-paced

402 pages | first published 2020

Sadie meets The Girls in this riveting debut psychological thriller about a lonely college freshman seduced into joining a cult—and her desperate attempt to escape before it's too late.

College life isn’t what Emily expected.

She expected to spend freshman year strolling through the ivy-covered campus with new friends, finally feeling like she belonged. Instead, she walks the campus alone, still not having found her place or her people so far away from home.

But then the Kingdom finds her.

The Kingdom, an exclusive on-campus group, offers everything Emily expected of college and more: acceptance, friends, a potential boyfriend, and a chance to spend the summer in Italy on a mission trip. But the trip is not what she thought it would be. Emily and the others are stripped of their passports and money. They’re cut off from their families back home. The Kingdom’s practices become increasingly manipulative and dangerous.

And someone ends up dead.

At times unsettling and always riveting, Those Who Prey looks at the allure of cult life, while questioning just how far we’re willing to go to find where we belong.

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dark 75%
tense 66%
mysterious 50%
challenging 25%
informative 25%
emotional 16%
reflective 16%
adventurous 8%
sad 8%


medium 38%
slow 30%
fast 30%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 66% | Plot: 33%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 45% | Yes: 45% | No: 9%

Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

No: 81% | Yes: 18%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 22% | No: 11%

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