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I could not put it down. Keeps you on the edge of your seat till the end. I am a librarian and wish it was in every library. Although it is a novel it teaches so much about life in the middle east. I hope the author writes more. I will read everything she publishes.
Many women have regreted the choices they have made in becoming involved with other people. The main character in this story, Kamala, goes from bad to worse in a downward spiral. It's difficult not to feel compassion for her plight as she moves away from an abusive husband to a more abusive employer. After a lengthy and grueling description of of the physical torture Kamala endures, the story abrutly ends. A more developed resolution might have worked better here.
The story moves along at a good pace drawing the reader into Kamala's distress as the author clearly defines villains and heroes. But in my opinion, the overall manuscript needed more precise editing. A good story, and I think this was one, can get lost if not crafted to flow smoothly.
The story is an interesting one. The way it was written is lacking. It may be that the book was poorly translated from another language. There was no flow, and I was constantly stopping and trying to figure out where the author was going with the story. Other than that, its terrible that this story no doubt is real. Just recently a domestic migrant worker was executed for killing her abusive employer.
I gave this a 3 because it was a short book and things moved quickly, would have liked more details. Kamala was so brave and what she went through was unbelievable! I would recommend this book to anyone interested in life in middle East countries.
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2017
I really just want to comment about the annoying typo -- " ..... faced by Sri Lankan female workers who have being migrating to Middle East countries as housemaids for many years" should actually read ".... faced by Sri Lankan female workers who have been migrating (or 'migrated') to Middle East countries as housemaids for many years" or ".... faced by Sri Lankan female workers who are being migrated to Middle East countries as housemaids" Depends on the exact meaning you want to convey. Please fix it. Thanks.