There is a simple naiveté at the root of Seductive Poison. Layton's own youthful innocence, foremost, but also the desire to trust another person, the need for belonging and meaning, which led so many perfectly normal Americans to place their faith in a suicidal madman. Far from confirming the simplistically monstrous Jones of the public imagination, Layton paints the man as a dark, twisted shaman, by turns soothing, then suddenly malevolent and petty, with a hugely sadistic streak that belied his perfectly coifed hair, expensive suits, and impressive political connections. The scenes in which she describes her escape and flight to safety are wrenching, her last-minute conversation with Jones and his seductive appeal for her to return home to Jonestown are chilling, and her fear and indecision are still palpable on the printed page. For Layton to recount tales this personal and horrifying must have been tremendously difficult. For her to lift those recollections above the bargain-basement freak-show reputation the People's Temple has achieved in the popular imagination and depict them with the power of great tragedy is nothing but extraordinary. --Tjames Madison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I found this to be incredible. I didn't believe the account recited by the author. To me, this was nothing more than self serving rationalization for conduct bereft of explanation. Read morePublished 3 months ago by vermont reader
This is an uneven book written by a woman who was in Jim Jones's inner circle--and escaped to tell the world about it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by psychologist and mom
For some reason, I really could not get into this book. I bought it because of the 4.7-star total rating, so I am obviously in the minority. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alice A
Well written. I am obsessed with the Jonestown tragedy. How people blindly followed their leader into the jungle and ultimately to their death. Read morePublished 6 months ago by OK RACH
This is a detailed (too much for my tastes in the beginning where the writer describes her childhood) account of what led up to and what happened in Jonestown,Published 7 months ago by Belle Haup
If I had to sum up Ms. Layton's book in a word: GRIPPING. This book is absolutely phenomenal. I've always been intrigued by cults, and I was familiar with the Jonestown tragedy... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Natalie Hoover