I liked this suspenseful novel once it got going. It took me a while to get into the plot. It was well over half way before I would describe it as a page turner. Then the last third or so of the book captured me. Give this book a chance because reading it will be worth it in the end.
The plot centers around human trafficking. Bradley includes an author's note at the end about the trafficking. It is estimated that the profits from human trafficking in the U.S. is over $150 billion each year. This is heartbreaking. Bradley gives some good suggestions for readers who want to be active in helping.
I appreciate Bradley drawing attention to this practice. I would suggest reading this novel just on the basis of the plot subject. We really get a sense of the pain and insecurity of a woman trafficked, especially when she has once escaped and been returned to her captor by a policeman. I do wish the timeline had been tighter as some sixteen years are involved. There are multiple points of view and I found that a little disconcerting for this kind of mystery and suspense novel. And the romance aspect for both the couples involved seemed a little forced and odd to me.
All that being said, this is a novel to read because of the subject matter. It may be hard to read at times. I found it so, not wanting to believe humans can treat others as they do in deceiving women into modern day slavery.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Patricia Bradley is the author of the Justice series and the Logan Point series. She has won an Inspirational Reader's Choice Award in Suspense, was a finalist for the Genesis Award, won a Daphne du Maurier Award and a Touched by Love Award. She is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., and is a member of ACFW and RWA. She lives in Mississippi. You can find out more at www.ptbradley.com.
Revell, 368 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.