Narrator: Leigh Townes
Series: Brier Hospital
Published by Grass Valley Publishing on 3 October 2017
Length: 7 hours 23 minutes
Genres: Medical Thrillers, Womens Fiction
Source: Author, Submitted
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Out of Darkness deals with the abhorrent problem of human trafficking, the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the 21st century, ranking second after drug smuggling.
There are more young American girls entering the commercial sex industry—an estimated 300,000 at this moment—and their ages have been dropping drastically—the average starting age is an alarming thirteen.
Out of Darkness follows Cynthia Lange from despair—her mother selling her into sexual slavery, to her rescue by the FBI, and her difficult transition to a prominent physician at Brier Hospital in Berkeley, California.
While she had escaped from “the life,” she can’t rid herself from its aftereffects. She deals bravely with them and begins a new life. While the FBI created “legend” obscures her past, circumstances threaten to reveal the truth and destroy all she had worked so hard to create.
We discover in this novel that the human spirit can triumph over evil.
This is a story that happens far too often, as Dr. Gold points out, to young girls pushed into the sort of life as described at the Rabbit Ranch. This delicate subject has often had people standing adamant on one side or the other. Dr. Gold’s story, even though fictional, raises awareness of the sex-trade problem and the ongoing stigmatism these girls to woman endure. The traumatic aspects of this story may be hard for some readers.
I liked the aspect of Dr. Cynthia Lange’s work in the hospital and interactions makes her a compelling and memorable character with a will to endure as well as overcome life’s challenges. She is an accomplished doctor competing in a male-dominated profession, which proves problematic when a co-worker suggests that Cynthia via for a leadership role over the hospital. One of the things that I found most intriguing was the viewpoint of the doctors. This seemed counter to how most people expect doctors or professionals to conduct responsible people interactions.
The style of writing the various timeframes for this story were a bit disjointed in going back and forth in time repeatedly. It was tied together in the end, even with the unexpected surprise ending character development. A good mystery to consider giving a listen.
I’ve not had the opportunity to explore the other books by Dr. Gold, but his background and experience lend realism to the story. His empathy for people shines through and I expect there is a great deal of him in the hospital leadership.
Leigh Townes has the right tone of voice for this story. She is able to differentiate the characters, though in some places the voice for the same character, like Cynthia, was different from one area to another. In a few cases, this made it hard to realize who was speaking, particularly between two female characters. The tempo was consistent with good emphasis on the narrative side of the voice delivery.
There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook.
This audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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