I purchased Finding You by Lydia Albano when it was released back in September, but this has been my first chance since then to read it. I have been so excited for this book, as it is the first book I have read that I can say I know the author. I met Lydia when we were involved in TeenPact, and our mutual love of writing meant we connected well. She is a beautiful soul, and I am so excited for her that she can hold her own book in her hands and call herself a published author.
Finding You is the story of young girl, Isla. Stolen from a crowded train platform and sold into the human trafficking world, Isla holds out hope that Tam, her best friend and the boy she loves, saw her get taken and will come to save her. But as she gets branded, stripped of her own clothing, given the clothing of a sex slave, and sold along with a dozen other girls to a cruel rich man who plans to take them to his bedroom one by one to rape and toss aside, Isla realizes that no one is coming. And it is up to her to save herself and her fellow prisoners, and escape the dungeon they are being kept in.
From the very first pages, Finding You captivated my soul. I found my wincing in pain with Isla as she was branded and beaten. I cringed when she saw the human traffickers ogling her. I wept along with her fellow prisoners, as they all clung to each other for some semblance of safety. I held my breath as she made her plans to escape. Finding You swept me away with its intensity, suspense, and honesty. Albano is an incredible writer, and hers is a book you cannot easily put down. This is a fantastic and utterly perfect debut novel.
Finding You by Lydia Albano gets 5/5 stars.