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Book Review

Out Of Darkness
by Lawrence W. Gold

#9 in Brier Hospital

Category:  Medical Thriller

Average Rating:  2.0

Out of Darkness deals with the abhorrent problem of human trafficking, the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the 21st century, ranking second after drug smuggling. There are more young American girls entering the commercial sex industry; an estimated 300,000 at this moment; and their ages have been dropping drastically; the average starting age is an alarming 13.

Out of Darkness follows Cynthia Lange from despair; her mother selling her into sexual slavery, to her rescue by the FBI, and her difficult transition to prominent physician at Brier Hospital in Berkeley, California. While she had escaped from the life; she can't rid herself from its aftereffects. She deals bravely with them and begins a new life. While the FBI created legend obscures her past, circumstances threaten to reveal the truth and destroy all she had worked so hard to create. We discover in this novel that the human spirit can triumph over evil.


[2019-09-30 18:02:50]

Rating:  2

The writing of this audiobook is very unpolished and amateurish. The characters aren't well developed. There's insufficient foundation and background for many of the characters and events in the story. The dialog is sometimes incomprehensible. Basically, the book is in dire need of a competent editor.

For example, there are several contradictions in the age of the main character. In the prologue, she gives her age as 13 years, 1 month and 20 days on July 6, 1994. Later, it's stated that she's 44 in 2015, and much later in the story, she says she was born in January of 1981. It's obvious that neither the author nor the editor are paying attention.

Leigh Townes performs well, but she needs to voice some of the characters with more distinction. I'm especially impressed with her southern accent. Unfortunately, there are several production errors in the audiobook, i.e., missing or garbled text and one loud and startling noise artifact.

The story is engaging, but predictable. It could have been so much better.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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