One Among Us by Paige Dearth Review

One Among Us Book Cover One Among Us
Paige Dearth
Dark Thriller
December 12, 2014

Kidnapped and forced into human sex trafficking, Maggie has only one way out.

 Eleven-year-old Maggie Clarke is abducted from her loving family and thrust into the indescribably horrific and largely unknown underworld of human sex trafficking. In captivity, Maggie's life turns into a nightmare most children couldn't imagine. When Maggie isn't being sold to clients, she focuses on caring for Seth, a young boy who was also abducted.

With the help of Detective Rae Harker, the Clarkes' frantically search for their daughter. Haunted by his own demons, Detective Harker vows to find Maggie--dead or alive.

Years after Maggie is abducted, a strange man approaches her with a dangerous proposition and she risks everything to break free of the network of unsavory characters that control her. Not even she can know how far she will go to get even with the people who ruined her life.

An unforgettable story of courage and survival, One Among Us serves as an eye-opening reminder that horrible things can happen to anyone--it's how people deal with their circumstances that matters.

When I was offered this book I had to take it. I’ve heard about it a few times and wanted to see what the fuss was about. I didn’t know much except that it was about sex trafficking. Personally, I had no problem with my unfamiliarity as I prefer going into a book as blind as possible. I actually haven’t even read anything by Paige Dearth before ‘One Among Us’. It was much different than I expected. While I do have a few complaints, I read this book quicker than I’ve read a book in a long time. At 620 pages, I thought it would take me a bit to get through but that wasn’t the case at all.  After sitting to read a few pages while my son was at school, I looked up to see I had read almost 300 pages. It is without a doubt an addicting book.

I did find myself emotionally attached to most of the characters.  They had it rough and I needed something good to happen to them. From page one, the book opens with horrible cruelty.  It caught me off guard with how graphic it was. I assume that was the point but I do feel this isn’t the book for people that may have triggers with sexual abuse or similar issues.  While dark, I did laugh a few times. The characters become like friends by the end of the book. Caring for the characters left me on the edge of my seat the entirety of the story.  I really wasn’t sure who would make it out alive. (NOTE: I believe Paige and George R.R. Martin took the same character death class.)

Now for my issues with One Among Us…

The grammar was fine and the book is easy to follow.  I felt the story did pull you from the first few pages and it kept me until the last. My issues with the book were small but I felt I should share them.  I know the book was supposed to bring on a helplessness to the reader, but at times the rollercoaster of emotions became exhausting. At the slightest glimmer of hope, the author would put a word of warning in. It became a bit repetitive (Things were great, BUT NOT FOR LONG).  I also wish the author would have shown more instead of ‘telling’.

From the highs to the lows, I enjoyed this book. As I said, the issues I had were small and I don’t think many readers would notice them. I plan on reading more by Paige Dearth and if you’re into dark(and graphic) thrillers, I would recommend it to you as well.

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3 thoughts on “One Among Us by Paige Dearth Review

  1. DJ Sakata says:

    this sounds intense and heart-squeezing, I generally avoid sex traffic books as they tend to upset me, however, your review has me considering it. Good job!

  2. This sounds like a very good book and I am glad that someone wants to educate others about human trafficking, and even though it’s dark, it sounds like it may have a happy ending! I like how you wrote about the book. It made me want to buy one as soon as I could! Thank you for this post, I probably wouldn’t have looked at this book if I saw it.

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