My thoughts: I am one of those people who isn't really a fan of indie things. Indie movies - I'll pass. Indie music artists - I'd rather listen to Kelly Clarkson. So when I was approached by the author herself to read this book and review it, I was a little nervous and apprehensive. I checked out the book on barnesandnoble.com to read the summary, and I was seriously intrigued! It sounded just like my kind of book.
In a word, this book is haunting. I stayed up way too late two nights in a row to read this beautiful, harrowing book. Chung-Cha is brave beyond all measure, but my heart absolutely broke for her many times over. Alana Terry has weaved a wonderful tale of a place I will fully admit to always being curious about. North Korea holds so many mysteries, and even though this tale is fiction, I can't help but believe this story has absolutely happened. Probably many times over. I highly recommend this book. It is a book I will never forget.
Thanks to Alana Terry for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Here's some additional fun information about this book!
- The audiobook version of Alana's bestselling debut novel is narrated by Kathy Garver, a four-time Audie award winner and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Motion Picture Council. (You might also recognize Kathy as Cissy from the TV show Family Affair.)
- You can purchase a copy of the paperback book here. But could I also recommend you request your local library purchase a copy? This is a great book and if the library purchases a copy, other readers can enjoy this story!
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