This story was impossible to put down! It’s a book that I got incredibly emotionally invested in and needed to know what was going to happen!
Annie is a warzone photojournalist. While working in Afghanistan, she is attacked by the Taliban, and witnesses some incredibly horrific things. When she returns home is haunted by what she experienced. She is asked to teach in an Afghanistan school, and she accepts, but when she gets there, she can’t help but feel watched.
I thought this was a stunning book that really provides a view into the life of women living in Afghanistan, and also what it’s like to be a war-time journalist. The world-building is detailed and truly creates an immersive experience while you read. I was fully invested in this one, and I highly recommend it! I’m excited to see that there is going to be a second book as well!
Where to Find This Book:
Eight years ago, seasoned photojournalist Annie Hawkins Green barely survived a Taliban ambush that left her military escort dead and a young Afghan girl dying in her arms. Since then, she has managed to suppress her memories of that brutal day-until she returns to Afghanistan to teach a photography workshop at the secondary school for girls run by her expat best friend Darya Faludi. As the Taliban gain prominence in the once peaceful region, Annie’s nightmares from her last time in-country come roaring back with a vengeance. But are they just dreams? The unshakeable feeling of a grim, watchful presence makes Annie think otherwise.
As Annie struggles with her nightmares, more trouble brews with the suspicion that Darya’s teenage daughter is sneaking away at night to meet her shadowy boyfriend. Meanwhile, Annie’s own daughter wages war with her father and stepmother back home, feeding Annie’s all-consuming mom-guilt. Her only comfort, a poetry-writing U.S. Naval officer who saved her life all those years ago, is now at the other end of a satellite phone 7,000 miles away. How can he possibly keep her safe?
How can anyone?
Just the Facts:
Behind the Lens by Jeannée Sacken
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Ten16 Press
Pub Date: March 9, 2021
I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.