The Last to Burn @willrdean @AtriaBooks #humantrafficking #thelasttoburn #willdean @absltmom

Human trafficking is an enormous problem and as much as many seem to think it is random, statistics prove otherwise. We can think our county, our community, our neighborhood is safe from this heinous crime and yet millions of men, women, and children are trafficked each year. Forced labor, sexual exploitation, forced marriages, and even use of extracted organs can all fall under the heading of human trafficking.

The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean

For Jane, (Thanh Dao), a Vietnamese woman, brought illegally into the country, where she is trafficked initially to a farm but later is sold to a man, Lenn, who becomes her master in all things. He monitors her at all times, videos her every move and should she go against what he desires, he punishes her by removing things that once linked her to her family. He continual lies about her younger sister’s, (Kim-LY) stance as a way to hold Jane in his clutches. She has no way to physically rebel, and yet in her mind she plots and plans every day. Then Jane becomes pregnant and although she thinks she will give birth to a monster like its father, she comes to love the child growing within her. She knows she will do anything possible to protect the daughter she has but there are a number of times when Mary’s life hangs in the balance. Adding to the terror of the situation that Jane has suffered for seven years is the fact that her captor has taken another woman and confined her to the basement composed of dirt and detriment. Forced to come to terms with the horrid reality of what has happened she fosters an escape with the other woman and as they make their way find another surprise awaits them.

This harrowing tale had an aura of authenticity, as one that made the reader feel as if they too, were in the isolated farmhouse with Jane. The author’s depiction of Lenn, the enslaver, was absolutely frightening. He was a man who was so influenced by his now dead mother that he found it easy to travel the road to cruelty and punishment. However, as so many subjugators do, he would sometimes show a spot of kindness and Jane would be grateful and subdued.

This heartrending book was one that had this reader frantic at times as to both the uncertainly and cruelty of Jane’s situation, offering up prayers that she would one day find her way to the freedom she so richly deserved. Although this was a fictitious story, the elements of it were true. For more on the facts of human trafficking…

Thank you to Will Dean, Atria Books, and NetGalley for a copy of this story due out April 20, 2021.

and here’s the author:

Will Dean, with Bernie the St Bernard, at his home in Sweden.

Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands, living in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. He was a bookish, daydreaming kid who found comfort in stories and nature (and he still does). After studying Law at the LSE, and working in London, he settled in rural Sweden. He built a wooden house in a boggy clearing at the centre of a vast elk forest, and it’s from this base that he compulsively reads and writes. He is the author of Dark Pines.

6 thoughts on “The Last to Burn @willrdean @AtriaBooks #humantrafficking #thelasttoburn #willdean @absltmom

  1. First of all, I’m loving your new site design. It’s fresh and cheery…just in time for spring. Well done💜

    Years ago during a Washington, DC trip to visit our NY delegation, my colleague and I met with an advocate who was educating lawmakers on the growing issue of human trafficking. That was when I learned the realities of the issue. This was during the whole national attention on Alabama teen Natalee Holloway’s disappearance in Aruba. He was suggesting that it was definitely a possibility she could have been a victim of trafficking and explained how. Now, here we are 16 years later and his predictions materialized.

    Excellent review, Marialyce💜 I’m going to try and get this one as the topic is one close to my heart. It’s a bigger issue than we think as very powerful men control the system.

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  2. It seems like this topic, of severe concern, is brushed under the carpet and doesn’t get the attention it so deserves. I agree, there are powerful people behind this as it is a huge money producer and I am sure we would be shocked by the names behind this. Yes, some very powerful men indeed! These are the times I take a huge blow to my vision of our world.
    Thanks, Jo!

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  3. Wow, such a heartbreaking story and even worse that these things happen all the time. I have read several stories and seen news reports dealing with human trafficking but it still does not get the coverage, support and money to fight it that it needs. I think I need to read this one. Great review Mackey.

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  4. This sounds like quite an emotional read. I already sympathize with the MC and strongly dislike the man who held her captive. I wish these kind of stories were purely fictitious but its sad to know that they are inspired by real events. Great review.

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