Books

Weekend Reading

I have some really good books waiting to be read this weekend! Let’s get started…

Hidden In Plain Sight by Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco centers on a heavy topic that I didn’t know much about. Human trafficking is not just something that goes on in other countries like Haiti as I mistakenly thought. It’s happening right here across America. It’s scary and shocking.

In this book, the author delves into this topic and sheds a lot of light on this criminal enterprise.

 

What types of human trafficking crimes are being committed here in the United States? Who are the victims of traffickers? How do we all unknowingly consume the services and products of slavery? And why are human traffickers able to maintain their illicit operations with relative impunity–indeed, with less than .01 percent of human traffickers ever being held accountable for their crimes?

Hidden in Plain Sight: America’s Slaves of the New Millennium documents how human trafficking and its byproducts touch every community in America, from impoverished inner-city neighborhoods to middle-class suburbs and alcoves of wealthy estates. It presents information derived from narrative accounts of real-life trafficking cases, interviews with convicted human traffickers, empirical research, and criminal case files to expose the grim realities of human trafficking in America, perpetrated by Americans.

Pimp-controlled sex workers, exploited migrants, domestic servants, and sex trafficking of runaway and homeless youth are just a few of the many forms of sex trafficking and labor trafficking going on all around the world―including in the United States. This book exposes both well-known and more obscure forms of human trafficking, documenting how these heinous crimes are encountered in our daily lives.

I want to learn more and am looking forward to diving into the book but I’m a little nervous because I am a worrier by nature. Still, its good to be aware and be educated so I have a feeling this is going to be an important book for people to read.

 

 

I love the cover of this book, it caught my eye right away. I wasn’t sure if the author, Krysten Ritter was the same person as the actress who played Jane from Breaking Bad. Remember her dying in the bed while Walter White watched? Yes, it’s the same actress. I am super excited to read this mystery!

Here’s what you need to know:

It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.  
 
But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town’s most high-profile company, and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.
 
Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations, and lives, of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.
 
With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question, can you ever outrun your past?

This sounds like it has the potential to be one of those books that you don’t want to put down until every last question is answered. Those on Goodreads have been raving about this novel and praising Krysten for being not only a great actress but great writer too!

 

 

Outstanding! Excellent! Awesome! Strong writing! Those are just a few of the praises being heaped upon Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna. And if there is one thing I love, its a book that I can’t put down, so with those glowing reviews, I know I am going to love this story!

When two young sisters disappear from a strip mall parking lot in a small Pennsylvania town, their devastated mother hires an enigmatic bounty hunter, Alice Vega, to help find the girls. Immediately shut out by a local police department already stretched thin by budget cuts and the growing OxyContin and meth epidemic, Vega enlists the help of a disgraced former cop, Max Caplan.

Cap is a man trying to put the scandal of his past behind him and move on, but Vega needs his help to find the girls, and she will not be denied.  With little to go on, Vega and Cap will go to extraordinary lengths to untangle a dangerous web of lies, false leads, and complex relationships to find the girls before time runs out, and they are gone forever.

The story being a thriller and a psychological suspense makes me very eager to blow off my responsibilities and start reading right now!