A. Gonzalez

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (28 of 32)
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,074,936 - Total Helpful Votes: 28 of 32
Trafficked: The Terrifying True Story of a British&hellip by Sophie Hayes
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I do a lot of work with victims of trafficking for sexual and other types of exploitation. When I saw this book I decided to read it out of interest as the victim was british and I usually work with persons from abroad. I found the account moving, compelling and informative. Sophie's account came across as being very genuine. I have never met the author and have never had any sort of contact with her. It is clear that Sophie was naive, emotionally needy and vulnerable. Kas picked up on these issues. Traffickers are predators with a keen sense to identify weaknesses and exploit them for gain. This, in no way, means that Sophie was stupid. I found some of the reviews deeply offensive and… Read more
Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Being a big fan of Ruiz Zafon's work I was instantly drawn to this book. I had not heard of it before I saw it in Amazon.

Although the narrative starts with a bang, it didn't deliver in the end for me. Ruiz Zafon lost the plot towards the end. It was a shame really. The book started with a lot of intrigue and mystery - he is a master at that - but couldn't hold the tempo. It's readable but I won't go out to buy copies for my friends.
Carpenter's Pencil by Manuel Rivas
Carpenter's Pencil by Manuel Rivas
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Being a born and bred Galician, I'm probably unable to write an unbiased opinion on this remarkable book. This was Galicia's first ever proper bestseller. It is easy to see why. Rivas's writing is pure and effective. There are many books devoted to the horrors of the Spanish Civil War but none of them are like the Carpenter's Pencil. Whilst other - also very good - books concentrate on the political strife and the carnage of battles such as Belchite, Brunete or Guernica, the Carpenter's Pencil focuses on the human cost to a group of very likely and relatable characters and the divisions that, in some cases, have lasted until today, 70 years later. The Spanish Civil War was a very complex… Read more

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