Riveting plot but deeply disturbing. Awarded three stars on Goodreads.
Chris Bohjalian delivers a real page turner but that certainly does NOT mean this is an easy read.
Two stories unfold.
• The first is about a bachelor party that goes seriously wrong. And how that one evening then threatens the lives of an ordinary family — where each member must suddenly face his/her worst fears. It’s a powerful demonstration of how vulnerable we all are because any life can be altered dramatically by a single event.
• The second story is of a young Armenian girl who, through no fault of her own, becomes a sex slave.
The descriptions of the brutality she is submitted to is so difficult to read that there were times I had to put the book down and take a break. And the psychological suffering both she and the family suffer is intense. So, just be ready for it.