I really liked the premise of this book. (A woman is seduced into traveling to Pakistan by a charming man who tells her that she will be saving the life of a young girl.) This kind of thing does happen, so I was intrigued. Let me first say that this was a good story and I enjoyed it. Mallory, the heroine, is motivated by a desire to help someone in a sad situation. Several characters who are of the Muslim faith are portrayed very well. (My favorite character was Mallory’s Muslim friend Soraya.) Often discussions about faith in books like this one are stilted and forced, but Mallory and Soraya’s conversations felt real and honest.
Having said all that, I still felt like Mallory was crazy! I’m not skeptical of the situation and I don’t want to judge anyone who’s made those choices, (this book is based on a true story) but I didn’t feel that there was enough motivation for Mallory to make the choices that she did. I think that’s on the author, but maybe it’s just me. I was ready and willing to be convinced and I just couldn’t quite get there.
I hate to say it, but I’ve felt this way about several of Beth Wiseman’s books. They’re…not quite there…as far as believably in characters in my opinion.
I know! This one was particularly tricky because the heroine (and the hero) fell flat for me, but I felt the supporting characters were above average…