This reviewer gave my debut novel 5 stars — the highest ranking possible — because it is “a real eye opener” that “looks into this dark world” of sex trafficking.
She specifically focused on my two main characters. Zoey is “a strong girl (who) wants to defend her sister more than anything in the world, even in the pits of humanity when no one thinks twice about their lives.” Aidan is “an everyday man that helped. He worked to keep his wife and daughter, he never intended to get tangled into a mess so deep and one no one talks about.”
Here’s her full review:
“With 21 million people worldwide being forced into labour and 4.5 million of these forced sex workers it’s still shockingly a secret world. Especially when anyone can become a victim at any moment. It is more prevalent in those who are more vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the fact that there has been a 40% increase in potential victims in the UK alone since 2014.
The Black Lens looks into this dark world.
Two sisters already have a hard life, Zoey desperate to overcome the pain her alcoholic father caused to her and her family. Along with Camille the younger sister with autism. They live in a trailer park in a small town in America.
No one wants to believe one night at a party can change your life for the worse. Which is exactly what happens to Zoey and Camille. One drink can lead to the end of the world you thought you controlled.
I loved the book; I loved how a more vulnerable family was used. Constant worries and struggles is enough to make anyone vulnerable. But it wasn’t like it’s the fact they were poor that caused them to be victims. It was something that could have happened to anyone and it’s all made even easier by our very technological world.
Zoey is a strong girl; she wants to defend her sister more than anything in the world. Even in the pits of humanity when no one thinks twice about their lives, she watches over Camille.
I also loved the fact it was an everyday man that helped. He worked to keep his wife and daughter, he never intended to get tangled into a mess so deep and one no one talks about.
I read the book in one sitting, loving every moment of it. I also love the extra information at the end on the facts of modern day slavery, along with numbers who to contact. Even if they were in the US it was a real eye opener.
I think everyone should read this! a way to get word out and get the message into people it can happen to anyone at any time!”