Author: Kim Purcell
Release date (if applicable): Released
Synopsis: The story of a 17 year old girl, basically kidnapped, to the US by a Russian organized crime ring is placed in a Russian household as, basically, a house slave..with the threat of sexual violence being forced upon her at almost every turn. Will she make it out alive without being forced into a world of sex slavery??
My rating: 5 Stars
My opinion: I was incredibly impressed with this debut fictional novel from Kim Purcell.
In a "world" where we are finally seeing some light shed on the subject of human trafficking, most literature in the literary world, unfortunately is limited to that of sex trafficking. Ms. Purcell shed light on another form of trafficking which is no less inhumane than sex slavery and that is smuggling humans for the purpose of "house staff". Ms. Purcell has written a book which, as a woman far from the YA age, I feel could cross over multiple genres. IMO,the author laid out the manipulations/violence used to keep "slaves" in place without beating the reader over the head with its' "graphicness". Something, that with the target audience being young adults, had the author gone down that path, I would have ripped the book. Sometimes, what is written "below the surface" can be just as scary as what is on the "printed page". Extreme "graphicness" would have been inappropriate and I think that most readers are capable of using their imaginations and going into deep, dark crevices to realize the horror that these victims suffer, especially as the light shines more and more on this crime and cockroaches scatter. Bravo, Ms. Purcell, Bravo!!
Would I recommend? : Yeah, baby for Young Adults and Adults alike!!
Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Stand Alone