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Belle's Book Club 2014: #6

Hey everyone

Next up in my Belle's Book Club 2014 series I'm sharing - Dishonour by Jaqui Rose

Synopsis (via Goodreads

No matter what she did, he would always be there, right behind her. She could never escape’

Laila is sixteen years old and beautiful, kind and clever; traits liable to get her into trouble and make people dislike her …
She doesn’t make her life any easier when she falls in love with an English boy, bringing shame on her family and attracting the attention of some very dangerous men. These men are always watching her and will stop at nothing to get things done their way.

Soon there’s a terrible ‘accident’ and Laila is forced to make a deal with the devil. And pay a very heavy price for breaking the rules. Laila has been forced to marry a cruel, controlling man by the people who are supposed to love her the most. Without anyone to help her, she has to find her own way out…

My Thoughts

Wow. Just wow.

I literally ended up reading this book in one afternoon - it was that good!

I love how complex the story was - how many characters formed two story lines that seamlessly ended up slotting together to form the one story.

Obviously, Laila's story is the main one - and it's a doozy of a tragic one! I'm ashamed to admit that I've never really read books about arranged marriages in Hinduism, this would be the first. But I found it incredibly compelling and eye-opening - how the whole arranged marriage situation was carried out and how mercy killings get entwined with that - it really helped me to understand both sides of the arranged marriage and form a proper well-balanced opinion on it.

As for the second sub-plot, I obviously fell for the love interest - Ray-Ray to be utterly adorable and what he does for Laila even despite the horrendous thing that happens to him, is just so cute and admirable. I have to say that the whole sub-sub-plot surround his family and his father in prison left me feeling a tad confused and I'm not sure how much it added to the story. The same goes for the side plot of Ray-Ray's mother and the serial killer that she manages to get involved with. I mean, I feel like these sub-plots were setting up for the sequel but there isn't one.

I love a good crime book so I would have enjoyed reading more about Arnold (the psycho killer) and Ray-Ray's mum or even more about what Ray-Ray's father gets up to in his crime spree's but alas I'm left wondering. I guess, I'm trying to say that the whole set up of these sub-plots ever so slightly distracted me from the main storyline of Laila and the trauma of her arranged marriage and made me find the ending just a bit dissatisfying. Don't get me wrong, the whole Laila and Ray-Ray story ended perfectly but the rest just left me a bit - eh.

All in all I found this book to be one of those great books that changed me as a person - which I love!

side note: I was lucky enough to discover another book that changed me post-reading during this series - {Ketchup Clouds}!

It educated me and allowed me to gain an opinion on a topical issue. It was a super fast read that kept me turning the pages, so that I would know what happened to all of the characters - I'd highly recommend this book!

Would you read this book? 

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