There’s nothing new about the genre of socially conscious fiction, Charles Dickens wrote many in Victorian England, bringing to the attention of the reading public the plight of the lower classes.
He was criticised for selling people’s stories because he earned money from it, even though the works were simply a product of his imagination. It is now widely recognised that the true to life scenes and images Dickens books conjured up helped people understand the issues more fully and resulted in changes in society that made it more compassionate to the poor.
A well-researched novel is an excellent way to get a taste of a subject in a way that a text book can never duplicate. The vivid detail a good author creates helps the reader understand emotionally an issue in a way a textbook can never duplicate.
One such story is this. True crime meets fiction in this here. Two teenage sisters lose everything they know and love when a tsunami kills their parents. Friends and relatives are no more and everything they had is simply washed away. They travel to a convent, where they know people will care for them, but sadly they are kidnapped and sold into the slave trade.
On the other side of the world a lawyer struggles with the death of his child and the break-up of his marriage. At first there seems no way the characters can come together yet they do, and it sets in motion a train of events that takes some months to unravel. The ending is a tense and pacey as any thriller yet it ends happily. The journey is emotional, it takes the reader from the terror of captivity to the relief of freedom.
I loved this book because of its emotional detail. Others did the same, judging by their reviews on Amazon and totally recommend it for a really engrossing read. I couldn’t put it down.
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