THE SOURCE | Sarah Sultoon
04.15.2021 | Orenda Books
Rating: 4/5 stars
1996, Essex: Thirteen-year-old schoolgirl, Carly lives in a disenfranchised town dominated by a military base. She’s struggling to take care of her baby sister while her mother turns to the bottle, day after day. When her enlisted brother shows up at the door with food and an exclusive invitation to army parties Carly sees a chance for change.
2006, London: Marie is working as a junior TV newsroom journalist. She has spent the last six months working towards exposing a gang of sex trafficers when her case is shoved to the side. New Scotland Yard has announced the re-opening of Operation Andromeda, the notorious investigation into allegations of sex abuse at an army base a decade earlier.
Two lives forever tied together by a single, defining event.
Sarah Sultoon is an award-winning CNN journalist who has combined her journalistic talents and experience into her debut novel, THE SOURCE. This is the story of Carly and Marie and how their lives are forever intertwined. Pain and regret echo through the pages of THE SOURCE as Sultoon gifts the reader a look into the lives of Carly and Marie. Each of our narrators has things in their lives they don’t want the outside world to know about, but they both must make a choice to save themselves. It’s easy to become entranced in Carly and Marie’s lives, as the reader can feel their vulnerability and earns to protect them.
The themes of abuse, sex trafficing, and poverty are front and center throughout THE SOURCE. At times this book was incredibly hard and heartbreaking to read. There were moments I had to put it aside and reach for something a bit lighter, but ultimately I kept coming back to find out what would happen to Carly and Marie. This may not be an easy read, but it is a powerful read. Sultoon’s debut is sure to stay with me long after closing the book.
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