Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: November 2012
Category: Contemporary Women, War, Pakistan
Source: Susan Schwartzman Publicity
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.
This book highlights the horrors of human trafficking. Fast paced. Humorous.
Predictable romance. (Boy meets girl. Boy and girl immediately dislike each other. Until suddenly...they're in love!) Clueless protagonist. Unrealistic. Simple.
The Ugly: By focusing on a love story and barely scraping the surface of human trafficking Gately missed the opportunity to educate her readers on a very real issue.
Though I wasn't a giant fan of this book I do have high hopes for the author. With a bit of polish I think she'll have better luck with future endeavors.
If you read the article above you'll learn that Gately has experience as a nurse and humanitarian aid worker. I wonder if I would like a nonfiction account of her time in 3rd world war zones better than I liked The Bracelet? Perhaps.