Release Date: August 19, 2017
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
First Line: “It started with a phone call, one among the two dozen calls Morris received every day.”
Synopsis from Goodreads: One phone call.
One kidnapped girl, location unknown.
One impossible rescue mission.
When the staff of a human rights NGO receive a call from a distraught girl, Mya, claiming she had been kidnapped, they are thrown on a gut-wrenching quest. They don’t know who she is. They don’t know where she is or her destination. All they have is a phone connection. Every clue draws them closer to her rescue…or pushes them to frustration. Within the next twelve hours, they must each make daring sacrifices and be tested to their limit.
The clock is ticking, the odds are against them…will they be able to find Mya?
When Hope Calls is a short novella about humanitarian workers. They get a call one day from a girl in trouble. Mya doesn’t know where she is and needs help. Morris is particularly distressed when he receives this call. He is unsure how he can help Mya with such little information. His only hope is that she’ll call again. Thus begins the story of how three humanitarian workers, along with three local recruits, sat by the phone all day.
As I read through this book, I genuinely felt everything the characters were feeling – their hope when Mya called, their disappointment when the phone cut off, their frustration at not being able to do more. David Lui truly encapsulated the hardships of working in human rights.
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Spoiler alert: this is not a happy, go-lucky, everything-will-work-out-in-the-end book. When Hope Calls is based on a true story about human trafficking. Unfortunately, human trafficking happens way more often than we think all over the world. I believe Lui wants the reader to understand that there are things that we can do to help. Just reading this book and sharing the message is helping in some way.
This was a quick read for me. I recommend it to anyone with half an hour to spare and who cares about human rights issues. Here’s a recap of my review:
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