Anybody's Daughter

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White Bird Publications, LLC, May 31, 2022 - Fiction - 258 pages
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Following a small courthouse wedding, criminal defense attorney Adam Kennedy and his bride Ellen, a high-school teacher and tennis coach, set sail for a weekend, honeymoon cruise to Kelleys Island. Their idyllic bubble bursts when hijackers board their sailboat in the middle of the night and order them at gunpoint to make it to a rendezvous point before daylight, or die. While fighting terrible weather conditions on Lake Erie, Adam and Ellen are shocked to discover that the contraband they are transporting is not drugs, as they suspected, but two teenage girls. The realization that they are unwilling participants in a human trafficking scheme forces them to confront an agonizing decision when, with time running out, the opportunity to save themselves presents itself. Can they live with themselves if they walk away, or do they stay and risk their own lives, on the off chance that they can rescue these young women, whom they barely know, from the horrors of life as sex slaves?
 

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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
Imagine you have just got married and are enjoying a honeymoon on your sailboat when the next thing you know is that you’re being forced to alter
course and make an unacceptable delivery at gunpoint. Charles Abood explores this dilemma in Anybody's Daughter. The cost of failing to comply is death. How do you get out of the situation when you can’t exactly jump overboard and swim to shore in stormy lake waters, and just what is it you are being forced to deliver? Drugs? But you’re a respected lawyer and your wife is a schoolteacher, not criminals. If you don’t get killed you could end up arrested. Is there any way out of this situation? Using their combined intelligence and human decency, but at great danger to themselves and others on board, Adam and Evelyn find a solution. Though lives are indeed lost in the rather bloody conclusion, important lives are saved.
Anybody's Daughter is a ripper of a read, filled with so many unexpected twists that it’s impossible to stop turning the pages - definitely my kind of thriller. I love a book that moves quickly, doesn’t slow me down with paragraphs of description, has realistic characters with strong emotional appeal and with whom I easily identify, and then brings it all together cleverly with credible plot events. This book does all of that in a fast-paced 251 pages. Readers will close the book still asking themselves what they would do if faced with the choice of saving others or saving themselves. It’s a universal theme neatly explored through an important contemporary social issue - human trafficking - in a most pleasing thriller. Well done, Charles Abood.
 

Contents

Section 25
Section 26
Section 27
Section 28
Section 29
Section 30
Section 31
Section 32

Section 9
Section 10
Section 11
Section 12
Section 13
Section 14
Section 15
Section 16
Section 17
Section 18
Section 19
Section 20
Section 21
Section 22
Section 23
Section 24
Section 33
Section 34
Section 35
Section 36
Section 37
Section 38
Section 39
Section 40
Section 41
Section 42
Section 43
Section 44
Section 45
Section 46
Section 47
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Charles Abood graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Psychology and the University of Toledo College of Law. He worked as an assistant prosecutor before serving as a trial judge and then an appellate judge in Ohio. His years in the criminal justice system combined with his love of sailing influenced his debut novel, Anybody’s Daughter. Now a full-time writer, he lives in Toledo, Ohio, with his wife Gail. They have two adult daughters. In the summer he can be found sailing on Lake Erie, with occasional trips to Lake Huron and beyond. For a break from northern Ohio winters, he and Gail have enjoyed several sailing adventures in the Virgin Islands.

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