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Rescuing Hope by Susan Norris

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Every two minutes, evil strips innocence from a child and sells her into slavery for sex. Not in a third-world country, but in the United States of America. Before you take another breath, the next victim will be tricked or taken from her family by a profit-hungry criminal.

She could be a neighbor. A friend.Your sister. Your daughter. You.

At fourteen, Hope Ellis is the all-American girl with a good life—until the day she tries to help her mom with their cross-town move by supervising the movers. When they finish, one of the men returns to the house and rapes her. Held silent by his threats, darkness begins to engulf her. But the rape proves to be the least of Hope’s troubles. In a gasping attempt at normalcy, she succumbs to the attention of a smooth-talking man on the subway. He promises acceptance. He declares his love. He lures her out from under the shelter of her suburban life.

Hope’s disappearance sets a community in motion. She’s one of their own. They determine to find Hope, whatever the cost, before she’s lost forever.

Will you?

Goodreads Summary

If you're looking for a book that will make you sit straight up in your chair, look no further.  Rescuing Hope is a book filled with brutal truths and harsh realities.  Hope, the main character, had a normal life before finding herself in the sex trafficking business.  She knows logically how she got to that point, but doesn't fully understand why.  Hope is a girl who goes to church and attends school; she listens to adults.  It was scary to read that she listens to adults almost unquestionably; Hope really believes what they tell her...a negative trait that hurts her in the book.  

The role of sex trafficking in the United States is not underplayed at all.  The reader will come away from this book understanding that even first world countries are affected and that this is a present problem.  The author  maintains a blunt and clear "voice" during the book.  There were some portions of the book that felt like they had not been finished, but otherwise the writing was smooth and made for a good story.  This is not a book that glosses over life's issues; there is plenty of graphic scenes and large amounts of profanity.  This book is recommended to adult readers that wish to learn more about a relatively unknown part of their world.


  1. Really need this one.

  1. Diana said...:

    Thanks for the post! Great review :)

    - Diana @amalia_chartres

  1. bn100 said...:

    Sounds emotional and scary

  1. Susan T. said...:

    An important topic, but too emotionally draining for me!