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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read....but not great!, 27 Dec. 2009
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I recently devoured Betty Mahmoody's "Not Without My Daughter" and have been on the hunt for similar books. From the blurb, "Fatwa" seemed ideal. It was an easy read (finished in a day), but it didn't captivate me the way I had hoped. I didn't like the way the narrative would switch from an actual account of what had happened to Jacky's thoughts. To be honest it just seemed like an extra long true story article taken from a woman's weekly! It seemed a lot of detail was given to certain things, building the story up...but then when you thought you were getting to the meaty bit of the plans to escape etc, it just seemed rather glossed over.
I certainly feel for Jacky and her awful experience at the hands of her husband, and admire her courage for putting her life at risk to save her daughters. I can't put my finger on what exactly it was but something just didn't sit right with me. A pleasant enough book to read (not taking into account the subject matter of course!) but not one I'd recommend to a friend. Sorry!
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Initial post: 3 Feb 2012 10:36:47 GMT
Mia says:
Very helpfull review - I was also taken by B. Mahmoody's "Not without my daugther" and wanted to find similar story to read. Made a decision not to go for this book, based on this review - very helpfull indeed, thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2013 10:18:53 BDT
it's almost surreal reading reviews of your actual life - people bothering to jot down opinions/judgements/advice etc. The irony is that I , Jacky, have read 'Not without my daughter', which happened during the same year!! and alsowatched the DVD, and all the way through I was hoping the film was a true reflection of the escape journey where they were incredibly lucky not to have been raped, robbed or murdered. My story was far,far worse.Although the end was uplifting, also down to a string of lucky breaks and quick thinking, the endless years of torment were almost impossible to transfer to paper, hence my sections when I go off into my thoughts - it's how it was. I survived because of this 'going off into my thoughts', and now, 25 years later, I can attain levels of meditation in munutes that others spend a lifetime aiming for. There are so many things in life to be thankful for - I try and focus on those. One of them is my granddaughter - to whom I dedicated my first book. So, of course, the book won't appeal to everyone; it's lovely you bother to write and say so.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2013 20:28:58 BDT
WindsorMummy says:
Jennifer/Jacky, my review was no reflection on your harrowing experience, and it in no way was intended to belittle your efforts at sharing the story with the world. My review was based on how much I enjoyed reading it - which I did. As you said, the book won't appeal to everyone, and we all like different things. Perhaps I was expecting it mirror 'Not Without my Daughter', in which case my review might've seemed harsh. If it did, I apologise. No offence was intended.
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