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Sunday, 15 September 2013

"Two Worlds Collide. Three Destinies Entwined" MUMBAI, PARIS, USA

A Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison, set in India, Paris and USA

I don’t think I will look at a gated house or small lane with restaurants in the same way again after reading this book.

It is a debut novel for Corban Addison who is a legal professional with a particular interest in international human rights. The story involves two very different cultures and crosses three continents, with a common theme uniting them. Two sisters have the course of their lives abruptly and tragically changed by a tsunami that hits their home. What follows you could not imagine. Who can you trust?

In a country far away a 10 year old girl is snatched in broad daylight from a busy place from under her mother’s nose. This is witnessed by lawyer, Thomas Clarke, who is struggling to cope and come to terms with his own personal family tragedies. Because of this and a failed legal case he makes a decision to take a job with a non-governmental organisation in Bombay which is involved with anti-trafficking. Thomas becomes highly committed to helping the two sisters and his tenacious characteristics and network are highly valuable in exposing criminals and securing safety for vulnerable young women.

This book is set in Paris, Bombay (now Mumbai) and the USA. If you know Paris you will recognise the restaurant areas and the names of places. But this is not a book about location per se. It is about an activity that is illegal, degrading and in my view modern day slavery.

I tussled with this book. It is a page turner, but I didn’t want to turn the page because I was not sure I wanted to know what happened next. But I did. It hugely raised my awareness on human trafficking and abuse.

It is also an extraordinary story of touching relationships, effective friendships and family resolution. It all comes together, three stories interlinked.

Does it have a happy outcome for everyone?  Is there relief? Is there justice? Read it to find out.

What is happening behind that high, secure gate? Who is working in the kitchen of that popular restaurant? Who is in that car with blacked out windows? A novel that leaves you thinking and wondering....

Ann and the TripFiction Team

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  1. This sounds like a powerful book. I don't do well with books that focus on children in danger, because I find them so disturbing. But I'm glad this worked for you!

  2. It is a powerful read and it won't be for everyone - thank you so much for posting your comment. It's always lovely to engage with our visitors and readers!