It’s 2001, and amidst the political turmoil in Haiti, three disparate lives collide: Yolande, an impoverished farmer desperately looking for the sister her abusive husband has sold into slavery; Maddy, an eager British journalist on her first overseas assignment, set on making a name for herself; and Clare, an ex-pat gynaecologist who’s devoted the past eight years to healing Haiti’s downtrodden women.
Divided by language, lifestyle and personality yet all driven by painful memories buried in their pasts, the three women unite to search for the missing child. It’s a quest that takes them deep into the city’s underworld, where poverty is rife, black magic thrives and violence is king; a world in which appearances can be deceptive and where survival is by no means certain.
WOW. The Other Side of the Mountain is one powerful and moving book. Even though the book is a work of fiction, the author has based some parts on true accounts. What is scary is that especially in Yolandes life, a lot of what she and her family have gone through is something that sadly does go on even to this day.
I had no idea from the start of this book that I would practically be on the edge of my seat by the end. The authors descriptions of the sights, sounds and smells of Haiti are just breath taking. It felt like I had a television playing in my head as I could so easily visual the places that the author was describing. I really have to take my hat off to the author as she really brought this story to life and its one I won’t forget in a hurry.
In the story we meet Yolande, Clare and Maddy. Three very different women who all have their own demons to carry. Through the search for a child, these three women face a multitude of issues and problems which some sees them in great danger.
The Other Side of the Mountain starts off so beautifully, then the author starts to introduce us to the atrocities that can go on in this part of the world. It is a story that truly grabs the reader and will have you on tender hooks right up until the end. It is lovely to read of women over coming different barriers to be united in the search for a child. The three main characters all stand out in their own way, due to Yolandes life, it is hard not to have more empathy for her than Clare and Maddy but during the course of the story I grew to love all three of them.
This is certainly a story that will stay with me for a long time to come and can’t recommend it highly enough.
Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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