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Friday, August 15, 2014

The Last Witness

There are just some books that will forever touch your heart and soul and stay with you long after you turn that final page. "The Last Witness" from best-selling author Glenn Meade is just that novel. Based on a story of a young woman he met while traveling and learning of her survival during the Bosnian war, set the tone for his latest suspense thriller than I can guarantee you won't be able to put down. I found it hard to think how in 1991 while the crisis was happening in Sarajevo, ethnic cleansing, mass rapes and concentration camps once again reared their ugly head even after we swore as a global community that we could never allow something like the Jewish Holocaust to happen again, but it did.

Carla Lane is beginning to discover through repetitive nightmares that something has been missing in her life, something she can't explain. When she tries to make sense of it, she comes up empty handed. Just beginning her own perfect dream as a soon-to-be mother, she is hoping that she can talk to her husband, Jan about it after his concert tonight. When an explosion in their car happens just outside the theater, she spends the next four days recovering in a hospital only to learn that Jan didn't survive. It appears that he has his own secrets he was keeping from Carla. Secrets Carla has been keeping buried in her mind to protect her from the atrocities that she witnessed when she was a girl living in Bosnia with her parents.

It will take the work of a therapist to help her unlock the mysteries to her nightmares along with a diary her mother left behind detailing the life she has managed to block out. One that no child would ever want to remember. One that claimed the lives of countless men, women and children as she was imprisoned in a death camp in Bosnia that is every bit as horrible as the concentration camps like Auschwitz. Now she is about to set out on a journey to discover the people responsible for the death of not only her husband but her parents and brother as well and the first place she needs to begin is with the only witness that has ever come forward claiming to have survived the horrors. Will she be able to provide the clues she will need to unlock who is responsible and will she be able to do what she has planned to pay back those responsible?

I received The Last Witness by Glenn Meade compliments of Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. In the Author Note's section, Glenn clarifies for the reader how he got the idea for the story and how it set the tone for showcasing the horrors most have missed that happened in 1990-2001 , as the crisis unfolded when Slobodan Milosevic, Serbia's leader in 1991, tries to rein in the Yugoslav regions of Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia, a bloody conflict that would split the country apart along ethnic and religious divides. While the story is hard hitting, the truth is that this did happen and to this day graves are still being uncovered. It it hard to fathom that we as a global community continue to let things like this happen instead of doing all we can to prevent it. Well researched, and beautifully written to allow the reader a front row seat to just what Carla Lane and her family had to endure and learn to live with and thus the reason for a 5 out of 5 star rating in my opinion.

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