- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing; Latest edition (1 October 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8175993170
- ISBN-13: 978-8175993174
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,91,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Invisible Threads Paperback – Oct 2015
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About the Author
Lucy Beresford is a writer, broadcaster and psychotherapist.
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The story is about Sara who is trying to find out how her husband, a soldier fighting in Afghanistan, died in India.
In the story, the author talks about devdasis and how they are exploited and how she comes across these girls during her medical practice. Though she comes to India to search for her husband but ends up fighting for one of her patients.
The story is OK and I find it well researched. She has nicely captured the corrupt Indian system and the plight of sex workers and the deceased.
I give this book 4/5.
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This is a deeply moving account of a woman grieving after loss of her husband, who she understood was killed Afghanistan. I found that I was hooked on the story very quickly. We get to know Sara very well and soon she realised that the actual truth about how her husband Mike actually died and more importantly where he died suddenly the book takes on a whole new dimension.
The truth sometimes is stranger than fiction and we find our heroine heading to India and is confronted with the two India’s the colour, the vibrancy and people, then very quickly is confronted with the other. The treatment of women in India in particular the trafficking of women for the sex trade.
I found that Beresford’s style of writing and and the passion for the story line and in particular how she slowly built up the lead character Sara, who I found charming and witty but also someone who could think for herself and would not let go in her pursuit of the truth. The truth when it came for Sara was painful. Mike lied to her about his job and then to find out that when he was killed he was with another woman would destroy a lot of women but not our heroine. Sara after arriving in India became close the one young women Pritti who she then desperately tries to save from the other side of Delhi that the rest of the World may never have known about the sex trade, the human trafficking and who is involved and to what level this goes.
A complex story that is told with tact and also compassion, but at the same time Beresford never shies away from the ‘real’ truths behind the story and her time in India and with The Rescue Foundation helping with trafficked women from Brothels clearly had an impact.
Anyone who enjoys a thriller should have a read of Invisible Threads as it gives the reader much more than this. You will not be disappointed this will leave a mark on you as it has with me. Some may debate as to whether Sara is the lead character or whether India is itself the lead character as Beresford peels back the two sides of India and lets the reader see what Sara see for herself. This is a book that should be on everyone’s to be read list.
I began the novel with great expectations only to be irritated by Beresford’s choice of first person, and the present tense. She tackles many of India’s problems, particularly those concerning women whom she portrays as mere victims of lust. “To her great surprise, the carriages on her train were segregated. Male passengers, at either end leered and whistled at the forbidden fruit; Eve Teasing is the trivialising euphemism she has seen the media here used, for all forms of sexual harassment.”
Beresford paints vivid word pictures of Delhi: “…roads crammed with shops selling jewellery, cooking utensils, Halal meat. Another street sells tyres and car parts, its workshops open to the road. Half-naked men stand welding, their bronzed skin glistening in the flare of the kerosene lamps.”
As I read the first third of Invisible Threads I cared less and less about the characters and the style irritated me more and more. I was not enjoying the novel so I put it aside.
I congratulate Beresford on the scope of Invisible Threads in the part I finished but I doubt I will ever want to read the rest.