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Corban Addison leads readers on a chilling, eye-opening journey into Mumbai's seedy underworld--and the nightmare of two orphaned girls swept into the international sex trade.
When a tsunami rages through their coastal town in India, 17-year-old Ahalya Ghai and her 15-year-old sister Sita are left orphaned and homeless. With almost everyone they know suddenly erased from the face of the earth, the girls set out for the convent where they attend school. They are abducted almost immediately and sold to a Mumbai brothel owner, beginning a hellish descent into the bowels of the sex trade.
Halfway across the world, Washington, D.C., attorney Thomas Clarke faces his own personal and professional crisis-and makes the fateful decision to pursue a pro bono sabbatical working in India for an NGO that prosecutes the subcontinent's human traffickers. There, his conscience awakens as he sees firsthand the horrors of the trade in human flesh, and the corrupt judicial system that fosters it. Learning of the fate of Ahalya and Sita, Clarke makes it his personal mission to rescue them, setting the stage for a riveting showdown with an international network of ruthless criminals.
This was a difficult book to read for me because it dealt with the horrible but very real world of exploitation in its worst form; the rape of young girls and women. This despicable act isn't just relegated to the farest reaches of our planet but happens every single day in our own backyards.
A Walk Across the Sun is the story of two sisters who lose their family to a tsunami and then are kidnapped in broad daylight and sold into the sex slave industry.Read more ›
Couldn't put the book down and have since shared this book with so many friends and family.
The story deals with the money business of children slavery for all things as diverse as work and sex. This story shares a universal problem, that is extremely hard to stop, and the author does a good job of telling how futile the authorities job is and as well how rewarding it is when there are rescues.
Throughout; the central characters have their own stories, which makes up the balance of the novel.
I liked that the author did not over sensationalize this issue with graphic details, as knowing it is a reality is already horrific enough.
There were too many cliches. There was too much telling, not enough showing. There were many passages that would have been more satisfying written in dialogue rather than long passages of description. Very little character development.
I had no sympathy for the lawyer character. I don't identify with beautiful, rich people. I would have found him more palatable if he had a beer gut or club foot or a stutter.
Don't waste your time reading this. It reads like someone who's done a lot of research about India but is not Indian. And he spoon feeds us all his research by explaining religion and translating words in a condescending way that tells me the author thinks his readers are all idiots.
Most recent customer reviews
Loved the book. Once I started couldn't put it down. The storyline of the sex trade was totally mind boggling and makes you stop and think about the world we live in.Published 2 months ago by Karen Collins
A walk across the sun
A fascinating story. I could not put the book down. The book gives you an inside of the corruption and sex exploitation of young girls in India in... Read more
The story is well written. I found the events touching and was inspired by the personal journeys of the characters.Published 3 months ago by Pen
Surprisingly captivating while at the same bringing up a heart-rending age-old issue that I wish could be solved. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Acacia Grove
This book has multiple blank pages starting at the beginning. Completely blank. One page trends from dark print to "too light to read" by the bottom of the page. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this for book club and it definitely had plenty for us to discuss so ideally suited for book clubs. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Diane M. Schuller