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The Last Thing to Burn
by Will Dean
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Loved it! One of the best books I've read in a long time. Couldn't put it down. ( )
I almost decided to stop reading this book early on, because of its difficult, disturbing story. But, it is so well done that I can fully recommend it, although with a warning that it may not be for everyone because of the nature of the story. The depiction of the protagonist's force of will was enough to keep me going throughout the book.
What a Fantastic Book. It’s a real page turner. Be prepared to read in one sitting it’s that Good.
A very quick, but emotionally draining read, about a woman kept prisoner by a man for seven years. Thanh Dao, a Vietnamese woman, has been kept against her will by Lenn. He calls her Jane, after his mother and first wife. "Jane" wants to escape, but is waiting until her sister, Kim-Ly can pay off her own debts, plus her foot is badly deformed and she has trouble walking. When she becomes pregnant, "Jane" is desperate to protect her baby at all costs.
This book is painful to read, but an important read. It details the danger of people trafficked and enslaved. It is frightening, but I rooted for "Jane" to overcome her situation. The writing makes you feel the anguish and desperation "Jane" feels.
I went through this in one day because I just had to know what happened to Jane aka “Thanh”. Born in Vietnam, Thanh and her younger sister are brought to the UK for a so called better life. Their family has been wooed into believing that they will receive the best the world has to offer. That is not the fate that awaits them. Like so many vulnerable people in their position, Thanh and her sister are trafficked. For seven years Thanh has lived on the isolated, rural farm of a man she knows as Lenn. For seven years she is dehumanized and emotionally destroyed piece by piece. This story is simultaneously a nightmare and a triumph of the power of the human spirit. The author does a great job here of walking a fine line between telling an awful tale while pushing us forward through Thanh’s perseverance. Despite the obviously dark subject matter, I loved the story. Thank you to Netgalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review.
"On an isolated farm in the United Kingdom, a woman is trapped by the monster who kidnapped her seven years ago. When she discovers she is pregnant, she resolves to protect her child no matter the cost, and starts to meticulously plan her escape. But when another woman is brought into the fold on the farm, her plans go awry. Can she save herself, her child, and this innocent woman at the same time? Or is she doomed to spend the remainder of her life captive on this farm?"--
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)823.92Literature English & Old English literatures English fiction Modern Period 2000-
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