Having left school to help her grandmother in the market after her parents died in a bombing, Moldovan teen Hannah, has lost all hope of pursuing ambitious dreams of becoming a doctor. So, when offered the opportunity to become a nanny for an American Russian family, the Platonovs, Hannah jumps at the chance and makers her way to America with huge hopes. Unfortunately, what seemed like the perfect way to finally fulfill her dreams turns into the biggest shame of her life. The Platonovs never let her outside the house, make her work 16-hour-days and never pay her. Trapped inside her worst nightmare, Hannah will need to fight tooth and nail in order to get her life back.
Skeptical that the cover calling Trafficked a “gripping thriller” was just another case of mismarketing, I was pleasantly surprised when this book lived up the that label. This book did an exquisite job of retaining a voice and staying true to its main character while fully developing all the other characters. However, the most refreshing part of this book was that, despite its mature subject matter, it didn’t apologize for being realistic. It was a page-turner until the very last page. I would recommend this book to anyone above the age of 16, particularly those who are fans of thrillers.
Anvita, 12th grade