Teddie likes her country music and her old pick-up truck and she’s not sure how she let her best friend talk her into spending a semester abroad in Darjeeling India. Once she arrives, her innocence quickly collides with an underworld in which young women are bartered and sold. As she fights to understand a depravity that she never dreamed existed, Teddie finds that her own mind develops a unique ability for locating her friends and that an ancient group is willing to train her to use her innate skills for out of body experiences to save others.
It will require trust in ideas she barely believes, and more courage than has ever been expected of her. When it becomes clear that the alternative may be her friends’ deaths and the unchecked growth of an evil crime lord’s empire, Teddie accepts the challenge and shows those guilty of unspeakable crimes just how powerful a young woman can be.
I am actually so proud to be associated with this book!! I beta read this wonderful story and told the author to not change anything, and here it is published!! I feel proud!!
This book has a lot of characters. And a lot of surprises. And simultaneously running sequences. But the marvel of it all is that the author manages to tie everything up.
Teddie’s life is going to change when she decides to take a year off to study in India with her friend Michelle. There she meets Usha and Hallie. As circumstances force their lives to change, Teddie discovers a hidden secret. She has a unique and mystic ability which she has to use because her friends are in danger. The book revolves around getting Teddie’s friends out of danger and how her life changes.
This book tackles a much urgent and pressing problem of flesh trade. I won’t mince bones saying that no country is immune from it. People can be smug and claim their own society won’t indulge but this extreme form of barter still continues. The author exposes us to the grave dangers and also the horrible stench that this trade leaves on the girl who is to be bartered.
I was able to keep a track on the different stories that were running simultaneously, whether it was Teddie developing her powers, or her friends, each one of them facing grave dangers and myriad circumstances, the author manages to pull it off with aplomb!! At no point did I think that the content was too much or that the story was going nowhere!
I was cheering on for Teddie as she brought on vital information which helped bring her friends back to safety. And Teddie is NOT the only heroine here. All her friends are!! All of them are such strong ladies, who handle their challenges by taking it at the horn. With all the plethora of books which portray women as victims, it was heartening and refreshing to read a book where women made intellectual choices and thought on their feet. Also I was cheering for Teddie, Usha, Michelle and Hallie at every step!! They were so very inspiring.
What this book made me think is that women most always lead such inspiring lives. We manage so many things simultaneously and yet a woman is the first one to berate another. As a gender, being united is so difficult. If only we could realise the collective wisdom and power with us could move mountains!! It also reminded me to be more grateful. For all the people who work selflessly to make sure that evils like prostitution, flesh trade and other social ills were kept at bay. I owe them for making the world a better place.
I also really enjoyed reading about a secret society because just the prospect of imagining a secret society made my day. There are lot of miracles that are possible. Our subconsciousness is possible of so many different things. I am glad the author covered that as well. I love how the author gave a unique power such a confident twist!
This was the first book I read by the author and I wish I could have read the others too!!
Definitely a MUST READ!!
My Rating: 4/5