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The Garden of Burning Sand

Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
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On a dark night in Lusaka, Zambia, a young girl is brutally assaulted and left for dead. Her identity is a mystery. Zoe Fleming, a human rights lawyer, is determined to find the perpetrator. Also investigating is Joseph Kabuta of the Zambian police. At first they are reluctant to work together, their cultures and upbringings radically different. Their task is not only to help the girl recover, but also to ensure justice doesn't fail her again.

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"A compelling novel with a conscience and a heart, gripping in its drama and unique in its insights into a hidden and dangerous world." (Richard North Patterson)

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Captivating family drama

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This is a family drama following Zoe (a Western visitor to Africa) as she investigates the rape of an African child who has Downs Syndrome. It is not a fast paced thriller, but a sedate drama which I found strangely compelling. Zoe isn't an especially likeable character, but her investigation into the case, finding out who the child is, the obstacles faced trying to get prosecution and the lead up to the trial are all gripping. Unfortunately for me, the book peaks with the trial and the last 2 hours were rather boring. It becomes more of a comment about poverty and how wealthy countries should pay. It focuses on Zoe and her relationship with her father. After building up to the trial it felt like a lot of unnecessary after blurb, but I guess it does complete the story.

The narrator was okay, there were a couple of glaring mis-pronunciations early on, but I was very forgiving because of the great story. Overall highly recommended.

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Very enjoyable

I enjoyed this novel, likeable characters - or hate - able ones as appropriate, and the story was well told, bringing up some issues that are sometime skimmed over.

Not one of my very favourite books, but a good read.

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An tragic true story well told

Thank goodness people like these in the book really care and want to investigate against the odds. So many injustices try to stop the truth being heard.The use of DNA not being allowed was shocking.and the beliefs of uneducated people with regard to Aides and there possible cure through rape of an innocent child is barbaric.
The book was well written and a very good read.