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Friday, November 25, 2011

The Voice of Waterfalls - Natasha Salnikova

Title: The Voice of Waterfalls
Author: Natasha Salnikova

Format: Ebook provided by author for review

From Goodreads:
Inga manages to escape from a "house of terror" where she was held as a captive along with other girls who were kidnapped. She is chased into the woods and runs onto the road, almost falling under the wheels of an approaching car. She thought, it would be better to die that way than to return to her captors. The driver of the car, to her surprise, saves her. He brings her to his house and introduces her to his family: his mother, his father and his younger sister. He gives Inga a key to a separate room and brings her food. She appreciates his help and calls him her knight from the road. All she needs now is a phone to make a call to her mother. Her savior, Alman, says they don't have one in the house. He's also not in a hurry to take her from his house in the woods to the town where she can talk to police. And Inga began to doubt the noble intentions of her savior. After some time she starts to think this house is worse than the one she was imprisoned in before, if that was possible. 

From the moment I read the synopsis about this book, I knew I wanted to read it.  I just finished it today.  Natasha Salnikova really has a wonderful book here.  And a little fact about it, it was translated from Russian!  That impresses me so much.  You can definitely see some of the author’s Russian heritage in the book from some of the names used, foods mentioned. 

So from the blurb we learn that Inga was kidnapped and held captive with other girls.  But then someone comes along and she is afforded a chance to escape, which she takes.  When this happens you are cheering!  She runs out into the night, her captors hot on her heels.  You think she isn’t going to make it, but then out of nowhere there is a car.  It’s driver, Alman, gets out, fends off her captors and saves her.  Thank goodness!!

But really?  Should she really be so thankful?  Alman seems very nice.  He offers her a warm shirt to cover with, he fought off the captors.  How bad can he be?  Except he doesn’t want to take her to the police station, even though she says she wants to go – she wants to contact her mother who is probably worried sick.

But Alman, that man has excuses, and reasons for not taking her.   She meets his family; they all seem nice enough for having met a stranger in the dark of night.  But something doesn’t add up, something is just a bit….off.  And how could any modern family not own a phone in a day and age when even the smallest of children have their own phones?

I really enjoyed reading this book.  In the beginning you can see how frail and naïve Inga is.  But as the book reads on, she becomes smarter and tougher.  And a bit more aggressive and sarcastic (a quality I *always* enjoy!)  There were lots of twists and turns, although much of the book takes place in one location.  You really get to get inside Inga’s head and feel every feeling, understand every thought.  And while on one hand you could criticize her for even getting into the situation she is in in the first place, you realize by her naïveté that she is young and has made the same mistake so many other young adults have made.

We also get a side story of a young man named Anthony.  Anthony is battling his own inner demons and just came to Quiet River to relax while visiting his grandmother.   Why is every person he meets so interested why he came there and when he is going home?  Sure, it’s a small town, but there has to be something more to it.  And Anthony is a lawyer, he likes to get to the bottom of things.  Let’s hope he can make it out of this vacation alive!

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