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Monday, March 15, 2010

Book Review: Karma by Nancy Deville

Karma by Nancy Deville
Genre: Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Heavenly Clouds
Pages: 258
Received From: Author + Publicist

Summary: While having a seemingly harmless glass of tea at a bazaar in Istanbul, Meredith Fitzgerald, a beautiful soon-to-be married American doctor finds her privileged world turned upside down. It takes only seconds. As she's waiting for the police to come collect an abandoned gypsy girl left in her keeping, Meredith's vision starts blurring, the bazaar music turns into a high-pitched whine, and she recognizes the chloral hydrate in the tea taking hold of her body. In this gripping novel a confusing scenario grows yet more frightening as Meredith realizes that, like two and a half million women and children worldwide, she too has been abducted and swept into the dark world of the human sex trade. We watch in horror as the once confident, self-reliant doctor finds herself trafficked to Mumbai and trapped in brothel compound where she's expected to work as the doctor. But maybe, just maybe she's not as helpless as she appears. An accomplished first novel, heartfelt and compulsively readable. Written in the style of a memoir, Karma is a brilliantly crafted story of courage, friendship, and spiritual awakening.

My Review: Karma was a hauntingly intense novel that will captivate readers from start to finish. Nancy Deville is very courageous for taking such a sensitive subject and turning it into an enlightening read. Meredith Fitzgerald, an American doctor protagonist, visits Istanbul for a medical conference. During a trip to the bazaar she falls victim to a sex trade. The graphic nature of the process was grueling. Her strength throughout the novel was extraordinary. Meredith did not once stop fighting. The novel is written from Meredith's perspective which gave me the opportunity to quickly connect with her emotions. I was truly touched by her determination and heartbroken for the predicament that she was in. Since she was a doctor, a lot of fascinating medical explanations were introduced, which was pretty cool.

After reading this book, I feel like I am more educated on the subject of sex slavery. I couldn't help but think about that movie 'Taken' because the plot was about a father trying to find his daughter who was sold into a sex trade. However, Meredith had her fiance looking for her, so she wasn't alone fighting the battle, even though she wasn't aware of it at the time. This book not only opened my eyes to how young girls and women are treated in foreign countries but definitely made me more cautious. Overall, a heartbreaking yet dark journey through a world of human trafficking. I have to warn my young readers this book is not for you, this is an adult book with graphics details.

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Author's Info:

Nancy Deville is a bestselling author of the nonfiction exposé Death by Supermarket. Karma is her first fiction novel. She lives with her husband in Boston, MA.


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Anonymous said...

interesting, this is very interesting. I've heard a lot about this kind of kidnapping and a lot of people i know say "this won't happen to me." but the message here is that it can happen to you, or to anyone. this sounds like a book i'd like to read. i really want to know how the author handled this topic. from your review, it sounds like it was well written...the setting of india and istanbul sound very right. i've never gone to instanbul but i'm from inida so i can relate to a lot of thigs (well, i've never been to Mumbai)....but as said, this happens all over the world...thats what gets me the most! great review, eleni!

Jason said...

This really caught my interest. I have put this book on my wishlist.


Sueann said...

I am definitely writing this book down. Sounds like a must read!

Tales of Whimsy said...

Sounds powerful and heart breaking. Thanks for the review.

Cindy said...

This sounds like a good read, great review :)

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Unknown said...

I have read Karma. The story of the fictional Dr. Meredith Fitzgerald is an amazing adventure. I flew through this book, a "page turner" is a vast understatement. To anyone who has not read the book, READ IT before it becomes a movie...which it is bound to do.
Great job Ms. Deville!

Alyssa Kirk said...

This sounds like a powerful read. I'm not sure I'm up for it but I did like Taken. Anything that can educate on the sex trade and help people become more aware is great!

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