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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Shackle: Escape From The Knot Of Restraint is a work of fiction in the women’s fiction, issue-based writing, and realistic drama sub-genres, and was penned by author DonnaLee Overly. This is the second work in The Knot Series, continuing the story of the King family, and this time it focuses on the story of Stan as well as moving the overall family story along. As Stan continues to work on himself following his time in rehab, he accidentally meets Marie, whom he discovers is an unfortunate victim of human trafficking. So begins a powerful quest to protect Marie and others like her from her fate, which results in a dramatic, suspenseful, and even romantic storyline as this horrible modern-day crisis is unveiled.
Author DonnaLee Overly has crafted a highly engaging story that mixes together elements of family saga and suspenseful crime to create a really unique modern-day western feel to the story. For me, the particular highlight of the tale is the showcasing of Marie and Alexa, kidnapped victims of human trafficking, that is developed into so much more than their initial circumstances present them. The character development overall in the story was truly excellent, and when combined with the many action-packed elements of the plot, it is easy to get completely lost in the tale and devour it from cover to cover in a short space of time. Overall, I would highly recommend The Shackle: Escape From The Knot Of Restraint to fans of modern dramas and emotive writing everywhere.