Synopses & Reviews
Told by a former high-level member of the Peoples Temple and Jonestown survivor, "Seductive Poison" is the "truly unforgettable" ("Kirkus Reviews") story of how one woman was seduced by one of the most notorious cults in recent history and how she found her way back to sanity.
In this haunting and riveting firsthand account, a survivor of Jim Jones's Peoples Temple opens up the shadowy world of cults and shows how anyone can fall under their spell.
A high-level member of Jim Jones's Peoples Temple for seven years, Deborah Layton escaped his infamous commune in the Guyanese jungle, leaving behind her mother, her older brother, and many friends. She returned to the United States with warnings of impending disaster, but her pleas for help fell on skeptical ears, and shortly thereafter, in November 1978, the Jonestown massacre shocked the world. Seductive Poison is both an unflinching historical document and a suspenseful story of intrigue, power, and murder.
About the Author
Deborah Layton was born in 1953 and grew up in Berkeley, California. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where she is raising her daughter.