Ken Hollern has written a gripping story that doesn't flinch from it's dark subject matter. The characters are well realised and believable and there is no attempt to sugar coat the darkness that the story shines a light on. This is not a book that I would have selected on my own, but I'm glad I got a chance to read it. It's well written and gripping from the off. Despite confusion about the seemingly unconnected plots, I eagerly read this book to the end.
It's expertly crafted and the only niggle I have, is the supernatural ability of the Captain to discover things that he should have little knowledge of. The other niggle is the inability of people to remain undiscovered on a container ship. These things are huge, how did the Captain know that he had Cole as a guest the moment he broke out?
But despite those minor niggles, this is a superb read and I thoroughly recommend it. Be advised however, the subject matter is extremely dark, dealing not only with trafficking but rape, gang rape, murder and child suicide. If you can look past the grim aspects of the plot, there is a lot to recommend this book.