Double Exposure by Jeannée Sacken
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Expected publication: September 27th 2022
Taken from Goodreads: The second novel in the award-winning Annie Hawkins Green series.
November 2015—Seasoned war photojournalist Annie Hawkins returns home after an assignment to find her life falling apart. She’s under investigation for an incident that happened six months earlier in Afghanistan. Her best friend’s daughter, Seema, is still missing, apparently with her Taliban boyfriend. Her daughter Mel and friends are busy fundraising to rebuild the Wad Qol Secondary School for Girls and expect Annie to deliver the money. To make matters worse, she has a major argument with the love of her life, Finn Cerelli, and they’re no longer speaking.
When Annie returns to Afghanistan to cover peace talks between the government and the Taliban, she takes a side trip to Wad Qol, where she discovers that not everyone wants the new school. Sabotage delays construction, and when a worker ends up dead, it’s clear the militants are to blame. It’s also obvious that they know exactly where Annie is.
My Thoughts: I have realized that I usually read the same style, similar settings too much. I probably would have passed on this book only because I do not usually read about Afghanistan and the lives of their citizens, but I chose to pick it up because it was recommended to me by someone who really knows my book likes and I am thrilled to say I devoured the book. I enjoyed learning about the customs of a country I was not familiar with. The lives they live are so different than the life I live but there are many similarities.
Annie Hawkins is a heading back to Afghanistan to cover a special assignment but first she is going to right some wrongs that happened to her best friend and his daughter. This leads her directly into danger. I love her spunk, her knowing of right from wrong, her willingness to put herself in danger to find the answers she needs, and the lengths she will go to save her friends.
I did not realize this is the second in the series until I finished the book. I love when a series is standalones but I am going to find a copy of the first book just to learn more about a culture I do not know enough about and characters that I truly enjoyed getting to know.
**Thank you GetRedPR for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
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Meet Jeannée Sacken : A former English professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, Jeannée Sacken is now a photojournalist who travels the world, documenting the lives of women and children. She also photographs wildlife and is deeply committed to the conservation of endangered species. When not traveling, she lives with her husband and three cats in Shorewood, Wisconsin, where she's hard at work on the next novel in the award-winning Annie Hawkins series. Follow Jeannée at jeanneesacken.com
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