Newly heartbroken and searching for purpose in her life, Abby Monroe is determined to make her mark as a UN worker in one of the world's most unstable cities: Peshawar, Pakistan. But after witnessing the brutal murder of a woman thrown from a building, she is haunted by the memory of an intricate and sparkling bracelet that adorned the victim's wrist.
At a local women's shelter, Abby meets former sex slaves who have miraculously escaped their captors. As she gains the girls' trust and documents their horrifying accounts of unspeakable pain and betrayal, she joins forces with a dashing New York Times reporter who believes he can incriminate the shadowy leader of the vicious human trafficking ring. Inspired by the women's remarkable bravery, and the mysterious reappearance of the bracelet, the duo traces evidence that spreads from remote villages of South Asia to the most powerful corners of the West, risking their lives to offer a voice to the countless innocents in bondage.
After her boyfriend abandons her and moves across the country, 30-year-old Abby Howell, a nurse in Boston, decides to make a radical life change and accept a job in Pakistan compiling nursing statistics for the U.N. En route, she witnesses a murder in Geneva, and though she's shaken, she thrusts it out of her mind and pushes on to her final destination. Upon arrival in Pakistan, she meets Nick, a brazen journalist for the New York Times, who reveals that he's working on a story about human trafficking. As Abby gets involved with Nick, she learns more about this lucrative and cruel black market, and begins to draw connections between the murder victim, an international trafficking ring, and her new acquaintances. Gately, a nurse and humanitarian worker, has a keen understanding of conflict zones and human trafficking, and the resultant detail is vibrantly deployed throughout her newest novel (after Lipstick in Afghanistan). Unfortunately, transparent plot twists and underdeveloped characters fail to mask what is, at heart, a dramatized humanitarian treatise. Agent: Judy Hansen, Hansen Literary, and Cynthia Manson, Cynthia Manson Literary. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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November 05, 2012
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