Our elder daughter gave my husband a Michael Robotham book for his birthday last year and my husband enjoyed the book so much he decided to read another by the author. This one was a real bargain at $5, originally bought for $32.95. Books are so expensive in Australia. I tend to buy most of my books on the internet or at secondhand bookstores. My favourite bookstore is Cantys at Fyshwick in Canberra.
This is the first Robotham book that I have read and it will certainly not be the last. It was demolished in double quick time. I guess it is what they call a page turner. It was indeed a heart-breaking book but it kept me enthralled throughout. I recommend that you try it.
From the cover:
“When a murder suspect broke her back across a brick wall, Alisha Barba’s dream of being a detective were shattered. Now on her feet again, but with her career and private life in limbo, she receives a message from an old schoolfriend, Cate, who is eight months pregnant and in trouble.
On the night they arrange to meet, Cate is mown down by a car that kills her husband instantly. As paramedics fight to save her life they uncover the first in a series of haunting and elaborate deceptions. This is the trigger for a dangerous quest that will take Alisha from the East End of London to Amsterdam’s red-light district and into a murky underworld of sex trafficking, slavery and exploitation that stretches from the desolate hillsides of Afghanistan to the comfortable middle-class suburbs of London.
As the shadows across her landscape deepen, Alisha and her old boss, Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz, must confront their own prejudices and will come to question the very laws they have sworn to uphold.”