A vivid account of a british teenager trapped in a family who are commited to a religeous sect. The leaders of the sect have quite extreme rules and harsh punishments, and the girl - Caroline - has what is considered "free thinking views". She is seen as a threat to the spiritual learning of the other students and is constantly and severly punished for it, her parents turning a blind eye.
It jumps back and forth from past to present so you see not only the child's view of struggling to cope with her life and how she tries to escape but also how the adult copes later and dealing with and confronting the past.
I found it quite horrifying and confronting, and even more upsetting when i found out it was based on the author's own childhood.
But ... excellent book!