Livia Lone by Barry Eisler

Published by Thomas & Mercer Genres: Thriller
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley

Seattle PD sex-crimes detective Livia Lone knows the monsters she hunts. Sold by her Thai parents along with her little sister, Nason; marooned in America; abused by the men who trafficked them…the only thing that kept Livia alive as a teenager was her determination to find Nason. Livia has never stopped looking. And she copes with her failure to protect her sister by doing everything she can to put predators in prison. Or, when that fails, by putting them in the ground. But when a fresh lead offers new hope of finding Nason and the men who trafficked them both, Livia will have to go beyond just being a cop. Beyond even being a vigilante. She’ll have to relive the horrors of the past. Take on one of the most powerful men in the US government. And uncover a conspiracy of almost unimaginable evil. In every way, it’s an unfair fight. But Livia has two advantages: her unending love for Nason— And a lifelong lust for vengeance.

Livia Lone is Barry Eisler at the peak of his grimdark best.

I’m a fan of Barry Eisler’s John Rain series, and when I read about his new story – the tale of a former child slave who survives to hunt down the likes of those who abused her as a child – I knew that this was going to be a dark, psychological thriller.

Born in the mountains of Thailand, Livia Lone is sold by her parents to sex traffickers, who put her on a ship to a world away from her home. Along the way she has horrific abuse inflicted on her, and her sister, but she learns to survive. On her arrival in America she is rescued, but this is only the beginning of a new life of horror. As an adult, she becomes a police officer, tracking down the worst of the worst, and inflicting her own sort of justice on them.

To go into much more detail about the plot would necessitate giving away spoilers, but I think that to most readers, the underlying story would be plain in the open, which makes the experience of watching the horrendous events depicted even worse. This is a book that will shock, horrify, and leave readers wondering what might go on behind white picket fences, and closed doors in our communities.

This book is certainly not for the faint of heart, with liberal amounts of – without being gratuitous – violence, sex, and abuse that the author doesn’t shy away from. And that is what one comes to expect from Barry Eisler’s work. While reading it, I was reminded of the Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson, although this is told more from the victim/survivor’s point of view.

I hesitate to say that I enjoyed reading the book, because of the subject matter, but this is an extremely impressive, well-executed piece of fiction that goes to prove that Barry Eisler is amongst the masters of his craft.

I received a review copy from the publisher in return for an honest review.

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

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