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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Caribbean Tears: A Psychological Thriller by Emiliya Ahmadova is a fascinating thriller that explores mature themes and the struggle for freedom of a strong female protagonist. Thirty-five-year-old Sheila has a perfect life in Trinidad, devoted to raising her children, until her policeman husband has the brother of a local gang leader locked up. She becomes the unlucky target in a war against her family, kidnapped and shipped to Venezuela where she is sold into prostitution. Sheila discovers the horrors of a degrading business as the husband of Bernadette, the woman who owns her, makes her life a living hell. Meanwhile, back in Trinidad, a burned body has been identified as hers so her husband is moving on and developing a new relationship with someone else. Is there any hope of escape for Sheila and a possible reunion with her family?
Caribbean Tears by Emiliya Ahmadova reflects the reality of human trafficking and the author does a wonderful job in exploring the pain of the protagonist. The story has surprising twists and the rawness in the way some of the scenes are described reflects the grim nature of the theme: prostitution and slavery. I wanted to see what becomes of Sheila as she continues to live each day with the hope of escaping. Her relationship with the other women in the brothel is one that inspires them and brings hope. Caribbean Tears is intelligently plotted and deftly written, a fast-paced, entertaining thriller with a strong message about the power of resilience and hope.