Author: Kim Purcell
Format: Hardback ARC
Rating: 5 stars
Hannah is an ordinary teenager growing up in Moldova until her parents are killed in a terrorist bombing. While she’s still mourning the loss, she gets an offer that sounds too good to be true: a job as a nanny for a Russian family in Los Angeles.
At first, it seems like her luck has finally turned around, but life with the Platonovs quickly spirals into a nightmare. Lillian, the mother, forces Hannah to work sixteen-hour days cleaning, and won’t let her leave the house. Sergey, the father, is full of secrets. And they refuse to pay Hannah.
Stranded in a foreign land with false documents, no money, and nobody who can help her, Hannah has become a modern-day slave. And the more Hannah unravels this family’s terrible secrets, the more her life—and her family back home—are in grave danger. Desperate and lonely, she reaches out to the boy next door. But in the end, the only one who can save Hannah is herself. -www.kimpurcell.com
This is a very difficult read, given the seriousness of the subject matter and its societal relevance. This story is a fictionalized version of tales ripped from the headlines of newspapers nationwide.
Readers hearts will go out to young Hanna, a girl who though continually faced with seemingly insurmountable odds, still finds a way to maintain her integrity, spirit, and sanity.
The appalling behavior of the adults in this book in regard to Hannah and their pitiful attempts to justify and hide their misdeeds is enough to make one's blood boil. This is clearly an example of what unscrupulous people will do when they think that there will be no consequence.
This book is a must read for anyone with children. It is time that we as a nation take the blinders off and realize that this is "our" problem. A problem that will not go away without action from the American people, law enforcement, and government.