“Once upon a time, in a far-off land, I was kidnapped by a gang of fearless yet terrified young men with so much impossible hope beating inside their bodies it burned their very skin and strengthened their will right through their bones,” is the opening sentence of this powerful novel. Mireille Duval Jameson, a stubborn, quick-tempered daughter of Haitian immigrants who’s a mother to a baby boy and wife to a handsome, all-American husband. One ordinary morning, on the way to the beach with her family, while visiting her wealthy parents’ home back in their native Haiti, she is kidnapped and held for ransom — an unfortunately all-too-common occurrence in country marked by staggering inequality. But despite his vast, self-made fortune, Mireille’s proud father refuses to pay her captors. Her father believes that if he pays the million dollar ransom then the rest of his family will be more at risk from fortune seakers. It is then the torture begins. Her captures spend the next thirteen days subjecting her to gruesome acts of sexual violence and torture. When she is finally release she feels completely and utterly dead inside; she has such a sever case of PTSD. The novel is quite a page turner.


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