Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Review No. 11: The Terrorist's Daughters - Brian Arthur Levene
No. of Pages: 252
Source: I received a free copy from the author and the lovely Lisa in exchange for an honest review. Thank you guys so much for your patience and understanding.
Series?: This is the 1st book in the T.O.G.G.L.E. series.
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Description: The lives of three girls changed dramatically after they were forced to leave Chicago and move to Pakistan. Their father became a completely different person in this new habitat and the girls were compelled to endure the terrible acts he committed. Their mother turned into a drug addict and didn't lift a finger to help her daughters. At the end of their tolerance level and with one of their sisters missing, two of the girls run away from the tyrant they once called 'father'. Along the way, they meet up with some interesting characters who all seem to want the same thing they are after; A chance to begin a new life.
What I think about it: Well, firstly, I think you should know that this book deals with abuse. If you're uncomfortable with this topic then please, find another book. Okay, with my warning out of the way, let's go on to what I actually think about the book.
It was so intense from the first page that I couldn't stop reading. I had to get to the last page, I just had to know what was going to happen as soon as possible! This story brought out its claws and dug into my mind, it gripped on so tightly that I don't think I'll be able to dislodge it any time soon. Ah, it was wonderfully thought provoking and entertaining. There was never a dull moment in this novel and I loved that. I must admit, however, that at the beginning I was a little worried that we'd only see one side of the picture (the girls' thoughts on religion) but I'm happy to say that the balance was perfect. We saw different characters with separate views on religion and that evened out the canvas. Thank goodness!
On the flip side of the coin, there were a few moments in the book where I had to stop and gape in disbelief. 'What?.....No, that didn't just happen!.......I'm sure I didn't read that right.........*rereads what I just read*........Huh......' That was my reaction to some of the things that occurred, particularly around the last few chapters.
Ambriel- She's the character who's missing. We only know her from the memories of her sisters. She was eccentric and everyone believed that she was crazy but she was brilliant! She was really rebellious. She was the one who came up with the escape plans before she went missing. I think she was my favorite character even though she wasn't actually there.
Aalia- She's the one who most lead now that their sister is missing. She is very good at 'reading' people. She's also good at manipulating them.
Zahra- She's the youngest and she has a really special mind. She know things that she shouldn't know and things she doesn't even remember learning. Keep in mind that this is not a fantasy book. She doesn't have special powers but something about her is strange. To find out more about that you'll have to read the book.
Omar- His daughters call him Lucifer and ,in truth, he's not far from that description. He's one of those characters everyone wishes would die from the force of their killing intent towards him. There's not a single likeable bone in his body!
Conclusion: 4.5/5 Stars. I highly recommend this to anyone who's looking for a short, action filled story with a generous helping of suspense.