Barnes & Noble
Published by: Gallery
Release Date: November 6, 2012
A moving and timely novel about human trafficking—from the author of the acclaimed debut Lipstick in Afghanistan.
Boston nurse Abby Monroe and New York Times reporter Nick Sinclair find themselves entrenched in the middle of a human trafficking ring overseas. When Abby realizes she may have witnessed the murder of a Pakistani woman by a high-ranking official, she and Nick must break the story before she becomes the next casualty.
A highly emotional and powerful story, The Bracelet expertly navigates readers through the rich and complex Middle Eastern cultural landscape and is an absorbing and satisfying read.
In a luxurious private clinic in Kuwait, a badly burned man sat quietly as a young nurse approached, ready to clean and dress the blistering, blackened wounds that covered his face and body. The nurse brought with her a European newspaper, and she handed it to her patient to take his mind off the pain of the dressing change. His hands trembled as he held it, and he carefully smoothed out the front page. He wanted no creases to disturb his reading. His uninjured eye scanned the paper before coming to rest on the glaring headline – UN Donor Exposed as Criminal Dies in Air Explosion.
His good eye twitched furiously as he pulled the paper closer, and he blinked and squinted to clear the cloudy film from his line of sight. He held the paper up to the light, and carefully read the front page story. Abby Monroe, he read, was back in the U.S., in New York City. A half smile crept across his scarred face as he set the paper gently on his lap.
New York, he thought, his growing smile disrupting the sores and blisters on his face, was not so far away.
"Roberta Gately uses her experiences working with refugees and traveling in the Middle East to take readers on a thrilling, highly visual trip into the world of human trafficking in Pakistan. The Bracelet is a pleasure from page one, and hard to put down until the very last page."
—Jennifer Haupt, I'll Stand by You: One Woman's Mission to Heal the Children of the World
"Gately is very effective at covering the complexity of human trafficking in a straightforward and easy to read style that just keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next... In addition to the great human interest stories within the story, there are enough surprising twists and revelations to make for a captivating and suspenseful read!"
—Audrey Lawrence, Fresh Fiction
"Gately, a nurse and humanitarian worker, has a keen understanding of conflict zones and human trafficking, and the resultant detail is vibrantly deployed throughout her newest novel (after Lipstick in Afghanistan)."
"Gately’s thought-provoking insights in The Bracelet deliver a clear message of her compassionate view of the subject matter. Gatley has hands-down passed the age-old litmus test of an accomplished writer in that, a writer writes what a writer knows - without question, Ms. Gately knew her topic and therefore, she wrote a fantastic book. Quill Says: Current topic equals great read!"
—Feathered Quill Book Reviews
A silvery haze shrouded the streets of Geneva when Abby set out on her early-morning run. The sky was still dark, the air still crisp with the night’s last breeze, as she stepped from her hotel into the quiet of the street. The doorman tipped his hat in greeting. “Bonjour, Miss Monroe. Another run?” “Morning, Claude. My last one here in Geneva. Tomorrow, I’m off to Pakistan.” Read More
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