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There, disenfranchised teens would supposedly learn such virtues as discipline and respect; all while enjoying lives of quiet reflection and servitude. Over the years, however, it became an abusive prison-like establishment run by the corrupt 'Sisters'.

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In the early years of the establishment, the Sisters designed an exercise creating a fantasy world for the patients designed to instill terror to control them. Although it quickly got out of hand, they pursued it ultimately by creating Gryphons and Gargoyles, a game 'born of madness'.

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During Prohibition , the Sisters ran a distillery in the basement and used to smuggle booze out to Sweetwater River via a tunnel running under the facility. The tunnel was also used by gay boys admitted to the facility's program to sneak out and to hook-up with other young men in Fox Forest. The Sisters helped cover up the assumed murder of a man who had killed Mr.

Svenson's family and later the fact that the man killed may not have been the actual killer. As a child, Penelope Blossom was raised by the Sisters of Quiet Mercy and was taught by Sister Woodhouse everything she knows about poisons. At a young age, she was given up for adoption to the Blossoms to be a young Clifford Blossom's sister and a child bride. It is unclear how much of their plan if any, the sisters knew about.

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During her high school years, Alice Cooper admitted herself to the facility to quietly give birth to her baby boy who was later given up for adoption. However, Polly had no intention of doing so and ran away a few months later.

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  8. In , the Sisters of Quiet Mercy was one of the few places in the country that still did conversion therapy , although off the books due to it being an abhorrent practice and illegal in most jurisdictions. These patients were forcibly injected with chemicals, made to do brutal manual labour, beaten and forced to watch disturbing anti-gay videos. Cheryl Blossom was admitted into the group-home by her mother, Penelope and uncle, Claudius who claimed that Cheryl started exhibiting strange, deviant behavior and was mentally ill.

    The Sisters make a deal with Hiram allowing him to use their patients as test subjects in exchange for money.

    He supplies the sisters with fizzle rocks which they forcibly give their inmates. The fizzle rocks make the girls hallucinate that a statue of a large gargoyle in the basement is the fictitious Gargoyle King and terrify them into a brainwashed obedience. Alex has seen some gruesome crimes committed in New York, but the barbarity of this latest discovery leaves her nauseous. With NYPD cop Mike Chapman, Alex begins to investigate, but before long another woman is slaughtered and found on the steps of a Catholic church in Little Italy; her throat slashed and her tongue cut out.

    It becomes clear there is a zealous serial killer on the loose.

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    Now Alex and Mike must keep one step ahead of a religious fanatic bent on silencing the women he believes are bringing shame to his beliefs - before he kills anyone else. Linda Fairstein is a former prosecutor and one of America's foremost legal experts on crimes of violence against women and children.

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    Her Alexandra Cooper novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have debuted on the Sunday Times and the New York Times bestseller lists, among others. She lives in Manhattan and on Martha's Vineyard. Self's Punishment. The World According to Anna. The Abyssinian Proof. The Camel Bookmobile. The Light of Evening.


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