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The Bracelet by Roberta Gately

Sunday, December 9, 2012
The Bracelet

Humanitarian aid Abby Howell and reporter Nick Sinclair find themselves in the middle of a human trafficking ring in Pakistan. When Abby realizes she may have witnessed a murder by a high-ranking official, she and Nick must break the story before she becomes its next casualty.

Goodreads Summary

Abby Howell needs to figure out her life. A relationship ended and she needs something to distract herself. She decides to list in the UN and is sent to Pakistan. Personally, I believe that’s scary. They’re currently brewing a war with India and I wouldn’t want to be there for that. She arrives and witnesses a murder she wasn’t supposed to see. Not only that, but there’s a “lost” wall that shows children that are missing. We then get into the topic of human trafficking. If you don’t know what human trafficking is, it’s when people (usually younger ages) are sold to slavery. It’s an actual thing, so you’ll learn more about that subject if you’re interested. Abby also has a trusty companion, Nick Sinclair, who’s a New York Times reporter.

At first I was wary about this book because of the subject. Human Trafficking is horrible, and I thought I was going to bawl my eyes out. That didn’t happen. I felt like we needed to know more about the characters. It didn’t know any real backgrounds and I would have liked to dig deeper. The side characters’ stories were heartbreaking; what families have to go through is hard… I couldn’t imagine my brothers being sold. The writing was clear and understandable. Nothing was confusing or made you scratch your head. Gately tells you about towns that are poor and have to cope in awful conditions, she describes the scenes vividly. The ending was disappointing to me. I felt like it was rushed and little thought was put into it… I’m more into endings that don’t tie up in a few paragraphs. It might be okay to some people, but that’s not my cup of tea. All around this was an interesting book. I have to agree with people on Goodreads when they say the book is something you can read on an airplane.

3 Stars

*Reviewed by Rachel*

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  1. I always love books which are rich in history and societal conflicts. I like to be aware of what's happening in other countries and a glimpse of that in this book makes me eager to leaf through it.