Genre: fiction (drama)
Blurb: (from Goodreads) When a tsunami rages through their coastal town in India, 17-year-old Ahalya Ghai and her 15-year-old sister Sita are left orphaned and homeless. With almost everyone they know suddenly erased from the face of the earth, the girls set out for the convent where they attend school. They are abducted almost immediately and sold to a Mumbai brothel owner, beginning a hellish descent into the bowels of the sex trade.
Halfway across the world, Washington, D.C., attorney Thomas Clarke faces his own personal and professional crisis-and makes the fateful decision to pursue a pro bono sabbatical working in India for an NGO that prosecutes the subcontinent’s human traffickers. There, his conscience awakens as he sees firsthand the horrors of the trade in human flesh, and the corrupt judicial system that fosters it. Learning of the fate of Ahalya and Sita, Clarke makes it his personal mission to rescue them, setting the stage for a riveting showdown with an international network of ruthless criminals.
What I liked: Overall, it was a good story. It’s hard not want to find out what is happening with the two young girls after they are captured, and the back story of Clarke and his wife is somewhat interesting as well. The loss of his own daughter makes it more plausible that he would be jetting around to try and find Sita. It’s sad to know that things like this happen to young girls every day and books like this are good to remind people of that fact. The author also gives you opportunities to get involved if you so desire.
What I didn’t like: The beginning is a bit slow, or slowly written. It’s odd to say this since it begins with the family being overtaken by a tsunami but I think the trauma of that situation was not brought out well. The writing gets better, though, and there isn’t much of the slow stuff (the water comes in, the girls find dead family, they walk here, they get taken there…) so if you hang in there a bit, it gets better.