As a successful D.C. lawyer, Tatia’s mission in life was to destroy the sex trafficking trade in small-town America. She knew where to find it. She’d been there. With only apathetic foster parents to protect her, she fell prey to the local pimp. Trapped in the sordid underbelly of a small Texas town, she survived by sheer will. Her friendship with her fellow victim Cindy was the only light of humanity in the darkness until she saw a familiar face. Would Mrs. G, a mama bear of an attorney, still think she had strength and potential? Would Jesse, the young Christian tattoo artist and biker, still look at her with a twinkle in his eyes? Or would they both see only the mark of shame Eric had etched onto her forearm?
FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS
This was a bit of an emotional roller-coaster to get through. We all hear about sex trafficking, but to have it brought alive like this made for a very difficult read. Thankfully, there is no graphic detail because I’m not sure I could have handled it. Tatia is a young orphan (barely 12 years old) who becomes the target of a monster. It’s easy to see (though sad) how she could be pulled into this nightmare experience, how her pimp worked to groom her and then stole her innocence. I’m not sure I can say anything more without giving away too much. Definitely a book everyone needs to read, if for no other reason than to educate yourself. Though it has tough parts to get through, this is also a story about faith, redemption, and standing up to the monsters in the world. I highly recommend it and can easily see this being made into a movie.