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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks; Unabridged Audiobook edition (1 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407495720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407495729
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,482,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ahalya is just seventeen when a tsunami rips through her Indian village. Along with her younger sister Sita, she attempts to seek refuge in a convent many miles away; but the journey brings unexpected dangers. On the other side of the world, American attorney Thomas Clarke accepts a position with the Mumbai branch of the Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation. But can he save Ahalya and Sita?

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Book-Lot UK on 5 April 2012
Format: Hardcover
The book is well written, the prose accessible and the plot engaging. As a previous reviewer notes, the subject matter is hard reading, but the characters are plausible and you do end up rooting for them. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a novel that engages you from the first page to the last. It ignores common day mass produced 'twists and turns' in plot(i.e. Dan Brown, James Patterson etc)to deliver an emotionally thought provoking read that captures your imagination vividly. You won't regret reading this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss Lawrence on 4 Jan. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
From the description this book sounded right up my street, having loved booked like "The Kite Runner" and "Cutting for Stone".

It felt as though Addison couldn't make his mind up between wanting to write a legal thriller and an emotional tale of two sisters separated from their family after the Tsunami, driven into a very dark life.

The writing was cold and lacked emotion but more than this I found it hard to like the "hero" of the book. The whole way through this book, the lead character Thomas managed to conjure up a brainwave that lead him miraculously onto solving the next stage of the mystery.

Without giving away too much, the whole situation went from a safe home environment to disaster, followed by what should have been a harrowing read (the bad characters lacked development and didn't come across as bad as they should have), and ultimately concluding way too fast and with a very unrealistic ending! Disjointed and lacked detail, this book could have been set anywhere in the world and you wouldn't know the difference.

I feel as though this should have remained a legal thriller set in the USA, as this would most likely have worked out more convincing. Only one scene did it's job in shocking and educating me, which is why this doesn't get 1/5!

Due to the high rating on Amazon I picked this for book club, and most of the group also hated it. Only 4/17 would bother to read something by Addison in the future. I'm not convinced this appeals to a UK audience, with the way it all conveniently falls into place, journalistic style writing (vague), and with it's main character being such a self proclaimed hero.

My advice is to download the sample, although the chapter about the girls sets it up well; if you find the chapter about Thomas a drag, many other chapters continue in this style.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sharon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
A Walk Across the Sun was definitely a lot more of a grittier read than some of the other books I've read recently but for me this is a good thing as I like to mix up the types of books I read.

When Ahalya and Sita's parents and grandmother are killed in a Tsunami they are left to fend for themselves, so set off for Chennai to take refuge in a convent but never make it after accepting a lift from a stranger. Instead they are taken to Mumbai where they are sold into the underworld where life becomes unimaginable for them, their only hope is for a miracle that someone will rescue them.

Thomas has become disillusioned with his life, his wife has left him and returned to India, he's been made the scapegoat at work for his firm losing a big case and he was a helpless bystander in a crime that he was unable to prevent. So when he's offered the chance for some time out, he decides to head to India and work for a non-profit organisation which is working to rescue underage girls who've been trafficked to work in the sex trade. It's through this work that his path crosses with that of the girls, will he be able to find and rescue them?

It might sound that this book is a bit depressing reading, and it's certainly uncomfortable to read at times, but it's because it's so realistic that it makes you want to keep reading to hope that everything turns out OK for all of the girls mentioned, not just Ahalya and Sita. It's a story of survival and resilience against all odds and the faith that one day they will be reunited again.

If this is what Corban Addison is offering as his debut novel, I cannot wait to read more books from him in the future
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Jun. 2014
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I was recommended this book by my daughter. What a great read - shocking sometimes - about how young girls are treated in India. Woven into the plot is an American 'cop' and how he comes to investigate the misuse of these girls. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to find out how other cultures treat their young girls. This is the first book I have read by this author but would definately read more.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Trish on 8 Nov. 2012
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The best book I have read since a Thousand Splendid Suns. I could not put it down. Beautifully written and very informative.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Fiona on 17 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
Why has this got so few reviews when trash like fifty shades has millions???
A heart pounding emotional read... Almost felt like I was there and yes I did cry.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Noriana on 26 Mar. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Corban Addison tackles the most gruesome of subject matter in his debut novel; the trafficking of vulnerable children for sex. The simple, uncluttered narrative serves only to make the horror of the story all the more potent, but while the plot is grim it's also a story of resilience, encouragement and hope. Going from the streets of Mumbai to Paris and New York, the global reach and hidden faces of trafficking are exposed. It's uncomfortable reading - but it's a wake up call we all need. This is a well-woven tale, with characters revealing the many shades of grey between good and evil, action and inaction in the face
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