On a dark night in Lusaka, Zambia, a young girl is brutally assaulted and left for dead. Her identity is a mystery. Zoe Fleming, a human rights lawyer, is determined to find the perpetrator. Also investigating is Joseph Kabuta of the Zambian police. At first they are reluctant to work together, their cultures and upbringings radically different. Their task is not only to help the girl recover, but also to ensure justice doesn't fail her again.
"A compelling novel with a conscience and a heart, gripping in its drama and unique in its insights into a hidden and dangerous world." (Richard North Patterson)
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Captivating family drama
This is a family drama following Zoe (a Western visitor to Africa) as she investigates the rape of an African child who has Downs Syndrome. It is not a fast paced thriller, but a sedate drama which I found strangely compelling. Zoe isn't an especially likeable character, but her investigation into the case, finding out who the child is, the obstacles faced trying to get prosecution and the lead up to the trial are all gripping. Unfortunately for me, the book peaks with the trial and the last 2 hours were rather boring. It becomes more of a comment about poverty and how wealthy countries should pay. It focuses on Zoe and her relationship with her father. After building up to the trial it felt like a lot of unnecessary after blurb, but I guess it does complete the story.
The narrator was okay, there were a couple of glaring mis-pronunciations early on, but I was very forgiving because of the great story. Overall highly recommended.