This novel tackles the topical subjects of terrorism and illegal entry; both highly controversial and highly emotive. The author presents them through two sets of characters involved from two angles: the first is the victim of Taliban brutality in Afghanistan who escapes and enters Australia illegally; the second is a husband and wife team who help him and others in similar circumstances.
Anyone with a heart would sympathise with terrorism victims but illegal entry is another matter entirely and generally people are divided into two camps: those who sympathise and those who don’t.
Whatever side you’re on, this is an important book. Intellectually I recognise that. However, I failed to be engaged. The story should have left me outraged, one way or the other, but it didn’t. The author failed to make me care for his characters.
So, although it’s well written I can only give it three stars.