Dust by Justine Hardy
Kate is a woman who chooses to work in Pakistan. She creates a second family for herself, far from the cherished warmth of her parents in rural Suffolk, their surrounding soft landscape in stark contrast to the raw land and humanscape of a remote corner of the northwest Himalayas. Kate then disappears and the worlds of genteel English countryside and harsh Gilgit collide in the search for a lost aid worker.
Dust is an elegantly crafted literary thriller that packs a deeper message to stimulate conversations around aid work and mental health. Review copies of the book, as well as a Q&A and press release, are available.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
As a journalist, Kate chooses to work in Pakistan, although life there is tough. she creates close relationships with a few individuals. She is close to her parents, especially her father, and a few others in America. Although she truly loves her mother, the woman drives her crazy. Kate only occasionally visits her family and friends there. This Holiday Season, she chose not to go home... A decision she will soon regret.
This is a story of a woman kidnapped by the Taliban, enduring inhumane treatment and possibly death.
It is also a story about how people close to Kate in both countries pull together to try and find her and implement a rescue plan. It is interesting, yet annoying, the process they needed to go through because of the traditions, fears, corruptness, and laws of both countries.
The story was interesting and amazing in many ways, but far too much profanity was used for me to truly enjoy the book. There was obviously a fair amount of graphic violence.
I felt the ending was weak. I am not sure if other books are to follow as a series, or if this is a stand- alone. Either way, the ending felt incomplete and if it was intended as a "lead-in" to the next book, it was still weak.
Although the book kept one's curiosity up enough to keep reading to discover what was happening, the main message was unclear.
The characters were well developed and the scenes were vividly portrayed.
I offer a Three and a Half Stars literary rating.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.
ABOUT the AUTHOR:
Justine Hardy is a British journalist, author, and conflict trauma therapist specializing in South Asia, and the Kashmir region in particular. She is the author of six books, ranging from journeys through Tibet, Hindi film, her time working on an Indian newspaper, the realities of orthodox Islam, and war.
Hardy has contributed to the BBC, the Financial Times, The Times, Traveler, and Vanity Fair. Her journalism extends from travel in Europe, India, the United States, and the Caribbean, to book reviews and social affairs reporting. Among other topics, she has written articles on the search for peace and the mental health crisis in Kashmir, and on female activists within Islam.
In addition to her writing, Hardy is involved in several aid projects.
Check out her Human Rights Foundation page: Justine Hardy - Human Rights Foundation (hrf.org)
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