counter create hit One Among Us - Download Free eBook
Ads Banner
Hot Best Seller

One Among Us

Availability: Ready to download

Kidnapped and forced into human sex trafficking, Maggie has only one way out. Eleven-year-old Maggie Clarke is an average suburban girl known for her intelligence and beauty. Suddenly, her life’s path is tragically altered when Maggie is ripped from her family and thrust into the horrific underworld of human sex trafficking. In captivity, Maggie watches over a young boy, w Kidnapped and forced into human sex trafficking, Maggie has only one way out. Eleven-year-old Maggie Clarke is an average suburban girl known for her intelligence and beauty. Suddenly, her life’s path is tragically altered when Maggie is ripped from her family and thrust into the horrific underworld of human sex trafficking. In captivity, Maggie watches over a young boy, who gives her a reason to live. Robbed of her innocence and freedom, Maggie does whatever it takes to survive. 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. Meanwhile on the vile streets of Philadelphia, a strange man approaches Maggie 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. Raw, edgy, and intense, One Among Us ultimately offers hope through Maggie, who grows stronger and more resourceful through her experiences. You’ll be on the edge of your seat, rooting for Maggie as she fights for her life. **WARNING**18+ Readers Only. Graphic content and subject matter.


Compare
Ads Banner

Kidnapped and forced into human sex trafficking, Maggie has only one way out. Eleven-year-old Maggie Clarke is an average suburban girl known for her intelligence and beauty. Suddenly, her life’s path is tragically altered when Maggie is ripped from her family and thrust into the horrific underworld of human sex trafficking. In captivity, Maggie watches over a young boy, w Kidnapped and forced into human sex trafficking, Maggie has only one way out. Eleven-year-old Maggie Clarke is an average suburban girl known for her intelligence and beauty. Suddenly, her life’s path is tragically altered when Maggie is ripped from her family and thrust into the horrific underworld of human sex trafficking. In captivity, Maggie watches over a young boy, who gives her a reason to live. Robbed of her innocence and freedom, Maggie does whatever it takes to survive. 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. Meanwhile on the vile streets of Philadelphia, a strange man approaches Maggie 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. Raw, edgy, and intense, One Among Us ultimately offers hope through Maggie, who grows stronger and more resourceful through her experiences. You’ll be on the edge of your seat, rooting for Maggie as she fights for her life. **WARNING**18+ Readers Only. Graphic content and subject matter.

30 review for One Among Us

  1. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    I received a free e-copy of One Among Us by Paige Dearth from Goodreads for my honest review. This is an extremely emotional book that discusses the very sensitive subject matter of sex trafficking. It is hard to read but at the same time I think we all need to be more aware of the things that are happening in our world. This story is about Maggie, an eleven year old girl who is abducted from the local mall. She is sold into a human sex trafficking ring. She meets other children going through th I received a free e-copy of One Among Us by Paige Dearth from Goodreads for my honest review. This is an extremely emotional book that discusses the very sensitive subject matter of sex trafficking. It is hard to read but at the same time I think we all need to be more aware of the things that are happening in our world. This story is about Maggie, an eleven year old girl who is abducted from the local mall. She is sold into a human sex trafficking ring. She meets other children going through the same thing as she is. These children range in age from 4 to 18 years of age. This is a story that will open your eyes and your hearts as you hear of what these children go through and their families too.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sharon L

    Edit: I once gave this book 2.5 stars rating (rounded down). 10 months after reading the book I feel the right rating, the honest one is 2 stars. The problem with books such as this is that the subject is grave and important and the writer has personal experience of abuse. So, I want to give it more stars in order to pay respect to the author and what she had gone through and in order to raise awareness. On the other hand this book deserves low rating due to it's many problems that will be list Edit: I once gave this book 2.5 stars rating (rounded down). 10 months after reading the book I feel the right rating, the honest one is 2 stars. The problem with books such as this is that the subject is grave and important and the writer has personal experience of abuse. So, I want to give it more stars in order to pay respect to the author and what she had gone through and in order to raise awareness. On the other hand this book deserves low rating due to it's many problems that will be listed in my review. So here I am trying to decide if I should rate this book on it's quality or on it's importance. I decided to settle for 2 stars. You may call me a bitch but this is the compromise between the quality and importance. And yeah, I am slightly in favour of quality in my rating. I simply can't ignore the book's problems and shortcomings: 1. Maggie is a Mary-Sue 2. The dialogues are somewhat flat 3. It is dark, at times unnecessarily dark and full of drama and angst. 4. There is showing (once in a while), but mostly telling. We never really delve into Maggie's emotional world and almost everything is told to us matter of factly. "She was feeling sad...there was no hope....little did she know...She blamed herself...he couldn't tell her...she felt happy...he saw how she had given herself for sorrow...he was having his way with her..." And so on and so on. 5. This is just too long (more so with the fact it is in telling style rather than showing) 6. Almost every chapter ends with some indication to how much the future is going to get darker before we will ever see a small, tiny glimmer of hope. 7. Other characters are stereotypical and lack depth. From the bad guy who is ugly and disgusting (you know he is bad cause he is ugly), to the stupid agent who thinks she can do things on her own, to the junkie that do things (anything, even when they backfire on her in the long run) for another fix, to the goody goody. Most characters are either good or bad (sometime there is the combination of good and stupid or bad and stupid or bad and cruel) they lack in complexity and they either have a moral compass or they don't from the very start. 8. Information is being provided in order to move the book forward in the exact time it is needed for the plot, which is why it becomes very sudden, characters change their attitude in order to move the plot forward and this comes out of the blue- as they do something they never would have done. E.g. I didn't know Maggie had earnings until 20% in when it's suddenly convenient for her to have them (considering this is a LONG book, 20% in is huge). More, a character with lack of fighting spirits (always kind, never fights, never rebels, never anything) suddenly puts up a fight so something tragic could happen. 9. Many of the things feel like they happen for shock value. A character is being tortured, then another dies, a group is moved to another darker place and one is being punished severely, then someone dies, and another one dies, and another one dies and one is being sold. The injuries and the number of times someone is on the brink of death is hazardous but even more are the times someone is saved from death. I know the human body is amazing, but I don't think it has this much of healing capabilities. While the body adapts, I don't think breaking every bone in your body over and over again will make you stronger. On the contrary, you become more prone to serious injuries in minimal efforts. 10. The bad people are mostly ugly or have something that give indication to how bad and ugly they are inside, while the good ones are beautiful. So yeah, Sorry, but I just can't. Its not bad, I think the author can really use her books for something good like she tries to do. But she needs to craft her writing style and skills and try to give a deeper meaning to her books beside the awful things that happen there, more character depth, more development, less shocking events one after another and a bit more complexity between good and evil. An Arc wad provided in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed by Julie on www.whisperingstories.com ‘One Among Us’ is the third novel from American author, Paige Dearth. The chapters are short and the story unfolds in chronological order, making it easy to follow. It is told in the third person and the past tense and follows the life of Maggie, an eleven year old girl who is kidnapped and thereafter systematically abused. She quickly finds that she is not alone in her plight as Seth, a four year old boy, is taken at the same time and there are Book Reviewed by Julie on www.whisperingstories.com ‘One Among Us’ is the third novel from American author, Paige Dearth. The chapters are short and the story unfolds in chronological order, making it easy to follow. It is told in the third person and the past tense and follows the life of Maggie, an eleven year old girl who is kidnapped and thereafter systematically abused. She quickly finds that she is not alone in her plight as Seth, a four year old boy, is taken at the same time and there are three other children being held captive by a depraved individual in an old prison. We know from the outset this is a story of survival, as over the next 600+ pages, Maggie’s ordeal is documented by the author, herself an abuse survivor. From a literary perspective, I think it’s fair to say that it is somewhat confused structurally. One major issue was persistent head-hopping in every section which made for muddled messages via a myriad of personal thoughts from multiple minds. I think a thorough edit would have addressed this. There is a lot of detail at times but at others, particularly towards the end, events seem rushed, making for an uneven pace. The connection between Maggie and Seth is touching and at times bitter-sweet but the remainder of the cast needed more depth of personality. Currently, it reads like a first draft. Many horrific events were covered in a matter of fact way, making the impact a little less shocking. It seemed each child shared the same sentence construction and mind-set but maybe this can be explained by their captive conditioning? Maggie seemed to be incredibly resilient despite the most appalling abuse at every level. At no time did she succumb to depression or self-harm. It seems a little incongruous that she was very attractive and therefore a valuable commodity to her captors, yet the punishments they meted out to her could have seriously compromised her earning ability. She was very fortuitous in meeting kind-hearted benevolent villains and towards the end the plot became a little less believable. Another aspect of this abhorrent practice is the effect it had on abductees’ families and the coping mechanisms they employed. We spend a bit of time with Maggie’s parents and the detective who has sworn to find her. The author also touches on issues of reintroduction, along with changing family dynamics and I would have liked her to have cut some of the other scenes and expanded on these areas a bit more. Anyone who reads this tale cannot fail to be affected by its deeply disturbing and harrowing contents. The author pulls no punches and directly addresses sex trafficking, child rape, pornography, mental and sadistic physical torture, degradation and supplication. At this point in a review I normally suggest a target audience but in this case I am struggling. This is a very dark and depressing read with each chapter hook leaving the reader with a sense of foreboding. If you are of a sensitive nature, it will haunt you. I suspect the author has written this tale as a cathartic exercise and for that she has my unreserved admiration. The physical size of this book is daunting but nonetheless I read it in less than a week. With a comprehensive edit it would be worth a higher rating but currently I award three-and-a-half stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kati

    *** I received this book by the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to Paige Dearth for the opportunity to read and review One Among Us. *** Now this book was one of the books that got me out of my comfort zone, One Among Us is a book about human sex trafficking. But not only human sex trafficking but also deals with kidnapping, child molestation, sexual predators, rape and child pornography. Just too name a few triggers this book has and it has a lot more triggers than the *** I received this book by the author in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much to Paige Dearth for the opportunity to read and review One Among Us. *** Now this book was one of the books that got me out of my comfort zone, One Among Us is a book about human sex trafficking. But not only human sex trafficking but also deals with kidnapping, child molestation, sexual predators, rape and child pornography. Just too name a few triggers this book has and it has a lot more triggers than the ones I said, this book is a dark book. So I will say if you are not comfortable reading this kind of books I would not recommend this book for you. But me personally this book is so much more it shows us and open our eyes about human sex trafficking and how it works. I can tell the author did a lot of research about this dark subject and I thought she did an amazing job telling us the story about the horrifying tale of Maggie Clarke on how she came to be in a human sex trafficking network since she was kidnapped at just the young age of 11 years old. Now it is not an easy read reading about Maggie and what all the horrible things she went through since she was 11 years old up too when she is a full grown adult. But One Among Us is also about hope for these human sex trafficking victims that some of them can survive and live in today society and help other victims like Maggie did. Now I won't go into any details about this book because I think if readers want to read and learn a little bit more about human sex trafficking like I did. Then I say read this amazing book on human sex trafficking and read about how Maggie Clarke try's to survive this horrible and nightmarish ordeal in human sex trafficking. While I was reading this book I felt I can see through Maggie's eyes since she was 11 years old until she was full grown up with everything she went through. And I absolutely cried a lot of times while reading One Among us I just wanted Maggie to have her HEA and by the end, she certainly did have her HEA. Now I am going to leave it off here without getting a spoiler for anybody but I thought this was an amazing book about survival, hope and also a little bit about faith as well.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan Hampson

    This is a story about some of the most vile people who you would never wish to meet. It is about people you never want to think about but the truth is you probably wouldn’t even know if you had met them. Unfortunately there is a huge and constantly growing market for this commodity, the abduction and sex trafficking of children. At 11 Maggie had her whole life to look forward to. She had a loving family, she was intelligent and very striking with her long black hair and piercing blue eyes. Like I This is a story about some of the most vile people who you would never wish to meet. It is about people you never want to think about but the truth is you probably wouldn’t even know if you had met them. Unfortunately there is a huge and constantly growing market for this commodity, the abduction and sex trafficking of children. At 11 Maggie had her whole life to look forward to. She had a loving family, she was intelligent and very striking with her long black hair and piercing blue eyes. Like I said, was, because one silly mistake had turned her innocent life into a living nightmare that lasted years. The book does carry a warning about the graphic content and subject matter but what is doesn’t warn you about is how much this little girl will get into your thoughts and heart along with all of the other abused children in this story that she makes ‘her family’. On the same day that Maggie was taken so was Seth, a 4-year-old boy, Maggie makes it her mission to protect Seth as much as she can and when she can’t, just to be there for him and comfort him. She becomes the nearest thing to a mummy that the little boy has. Maggie is also taken under the wing of an older girl Cali, Max and much later on Juju. It is through them that she finds the ways to survive. One of the quickest lessons to learn is that there is a price for anything that a depraved person wants to do to a child. It is at times a horror story and the most hard thing to remember is this really happens. The story follows Maggie through her teen years and into adult life. Running alongside the story of Maggie’s disappearance is the struggle that her family have not knowing what has happened to her, if she is alive or dead. A mother that blames herself and won’t give up hope and a father that feels this wouldn’t have happened if he had been there and wants to move on after years of not knowing and give their son the childhood he needs. It is all very heart breaking. Constantly supplying the family with any information that he can find is Detective Harker, who swears that he will never give up looking for Maggie. There is a passion in Paige Dearth’s writing that makes these characters real, as she pulls memories from her own experiences as an abused child. Maggie was such a strong character in this book that managed to keep her sanity and compassion for other people. This may sound totally wrong to say this but I loved this book, as well as being a story of the worst people in society it also had its heroes. There were tissue moments but there were some punch in the air times too. It is a very long book of 661 pages but boy does every page count! Just brilliant.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Graphic, disturbing, emotional, awe inspiring story once again from Paige Dearth. I had read a previous book by this author so I kinda knew how she wrote. I do find when she is using narratives that she comes over a bit lack of emotional description, but apart from that I found this book much better than her last one I read. I need to explain that its graphic, its about children/trafficking/abuse, so expect a complete truth and no fussing about. This author has experience first hand in that horrib Graphic, disturbing, emotional, awe inspiring story once again from Paige Dearth. I had read a previous book by this author so I kinda knew how she wrote. I do find when she is using narratives that she comes over a bit lack of emotional description, but apart from that I found this book much better than her last one I read. I need to explain that its graphic, its about children/trafficking/abuse, so expect a complete truth and no fussing about. This author has experience first hand in that horrible area of life, for some they may find it hard to read, so be warned. Anything that is like this is hard to read, but, its FACTS its what goes on, its real life, and the more people are aware of this the more signs we can see where we can protect our children. Although this is fiction, its a hard handed, hard banded realism story. Thanks for AuthorBuzz via Net Galley for this book

  7. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    ARC for review. This is a tough review to write, primarily because the author's biography is very evident (it's not in the back as is customary, but is actually the first page of the book after the copyright page, and it's titled "Some Dirt on the Author" which draws the eye.) It's filled with personal information about the author, her horrific childhood and rough adulthood and while that helps the reader to understand why she might be drawn to the subject matter, it also makes it harder to say t ARC for review. This is a tough review to write, primarily because the author's biography is very evident (it's not in the back as is customary, but is actually the first page of the book after the copyright page, and it's titled "Some Dirt on the Author" which draws the eye.) It's filled with personal information about the author, her horrific childhood and rough adulthood and while that helps the reader to understand why she might be drawn to the subject matter, it also makes it harder to say that the book isn't very good. And it's not. Maggie is eleven when she is kidnapped from a shopping mall and is immediately put into sexual slavery. Not a horrific detail is spared so the book was difficult to read - the reader understands that Maggie and the others (and there are others, including a five year old) are fictional characters but one has to assume that there are things like this happening out there). However, the subject matter wasn't the reason that I didn't like the book. Dearth does not seem to be a very seasoned writer - all the characters, Maggie, her fellow captors, her parents, law enforcement, her abductors all shared the same voice - the early Maggie spoke and thought like an adult and the adults all sound like children. The dialogue was often stilted, and Dearth really needed a better editor, for a number of reasons, including the fact that the book was far too long and at some point as the coincidences keep piling up even the most forgiving reader is going to roll his/her eyes. Also, there was a discussion of "snuff" films as if they are a regular part of the sex trade when, according to the articles I've read, the FBI has never found reports of them to be credible. One good thing - I think that when I think of child sex slavery I often think of Thailand and other foreign locales, when I'm sure that Dearth is correct in the fact that this also occurs in the U.S. There's really a decent framework of a story here, but the execution left something to be desired.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maggies Daisy

    Such a disturbing subject to write about. But one that we all must address if we are ever to eradicate these beasts who feed on our young innocent children. For me, there is no punishment too severe for the scum who prey on these pure unblemished children. I cried, I laughed, I go mad and now I am left with a hole in me that wants in some way to help these young victims. I feel in love with Mags, Cali, Max, Seth and Juju and would like to hear more about them. If everyone was made more aware of Such a disturbing subject to write about. But one that we all must address if we are ever to eradicate these beasts who feed on our young innocent children. For me, there is no punishment too severe for the scum who prey on these pure unblemished children. I cried, I laughed, I go mad and now I am left with a hole in me that wants in some way to help these young victims. I feel in love with Mags, Cali, Max, Seth and Juju and would like to hear more about them. If everyone was made more aware of these crimes and taught lessons to prevent abductions maybe we can slow down the human trafficking on earth. Hope…..is what keeps us alive.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ♡B♡

    I was looking for something that was dark and gritty. This definitely fit the bill. I enjoyed this book I read it and it took a while to get through it because I did have to put it down a few times just because it was a lot to take in. This book is very graphic and emotional. There is a lot that goes on. There were a few things that were not amazing, but it didn't affect my overall rating. I will break it down in a list. I think that will work best here. I will try and keep this as spoiler free I was looking for something that was dark and gritty. This definitely fit the bill. I enjoyed this book I read it and it took a while to get through it because I did have to put it down a few times just because it was a lot to take in. This book is very graphic and emotional. There is a lot that goes on. There were a few things that were not amazing, but it didn't affect my overall rating. I will break it down in a list. I think that will work best here. I will try and keep this as spoiler free as possible but there might be a couple because I just need to bring it up but I will keep it as minimal as possible. * Maggie talks like an adult (well thinks like one) when she is 11 years old. (it happens, there are kids that are very smart and articulate) Some people didn't like this some didn't have an issue with it. I did not. * There are a few times in the book that we don't know something until it's happening how she would know it. For example, someone gets hurt and she knows how to help. We find out after the fact that the reasons she knows what to do is because she read books about it. There were a few moments where this came to play. When I was reading this the fist time I did wonder What the hell??? How does she know this? She is too young. * The whole book is in third person and that isn't really an issue because that way we are able to see things in other people's minds. I personally prefer that it was in third person for that simple fact. I almost want to say that it would have maybe even come across better as her telling the story and looking back over everything that happened might have worked out pretty well also, although we wouldn't have been able to really see things in the others minds also. * It is very graphic, it did take me a while because I have a son that is 10 and daughter that is 5. It hit close to home for me because all I could think is I will NEVER EVER EVER let my children out of my sight again. I there are some things that just broke my heart reading. This may be a big trigger for some. * Some found her will to fight back and stay strong a little ill-placed, how it was convenient that she would be strong right when something bad would happen. I believe that it worked out fine. She was compliant and would do what she needed to do well what she had to do so that she wouldn't be singled out, she would start to feel like she was losing who she was and would fight to hold onto it. So, of course, there are consequences. There is no question in my mind that happens. When it comes to human trafficking is there really a right or wrong way that a person should deal with it while they are going through that horror? Let alone it be a child? * It is a LONG book. Some found this to be an issue I for one did not. I LOVE that this is a long, full novel. I felt like I got a complete story. I wish more would write longer stories instead of breaking books up into a series, when you could have just finished the book as a whole and it just have been a longer book. * At the end of some of the chapters it lets you know pretty much about something that will be happening in the future. I kind of wish those were not there. It didn't so much hurt the story, but I just like to not know ahead of time what to expect when reading a story. When it ends with "this will be what helps her in the future" I just wasn't a big fan of that. * When it comes to human trafficking I will admit that I don't usually think of children, and that may be for the simple fact that I just don't want to. I will also say that I think of other countries, (Mexico, Thailand, Middle East etc...) Now I will be the first to say that Human Trafficking is something that is an ongoing issue here in the United States as well. People just try not to acknowledge it because if we don't then we think it isn't an issue. To think that it happens here (and it does) is just scary. * There was one part that I did have a bit of an issue with. Now I am not Italian, I am also not a part of the Mafia...But what I want to bring up is Tony and Vincent, when you read this book you will meet them...Now it says that they are the Consiglieri. Okay from my understanding there is usually just one guy that has that role. They don't sit out and watch someone for the "boss" that is what the capos/soldiers are for or even the underboss if they want someone they can trust to be keeping an eye on someone they care about. That being said I just found that part odd, it didn't quite go. And they absolutely don't get their hands "dirty" they are not a part of that. If they want something done they have the soldier/capos for that part. BUT I do believe that if it came down to it, if it is a personal issue that they want to be a part of I can see that being the exception. I just couldn't wrap my head around that part though. I think if it were changed to one being the Underboss and the other his buddy who is also a capo...that would have been a little more realistic. For me. * PTSD...we see it throughout the book yet I feel that when it should have been there it wasn't that was one that I just had a bit of an issue with. Given when a child goes through a traumatic experience, their brain can shut out most of it; but I believe we would have just seen more of it strong willed or not. Overall it was a great read, I understand that the outcome is rare but it's fiction and I am so glad it ended the way it did. I couldn't stop thinking about it after I read it and while I was reading it. It is heartbreaking, heart-wrenching, emotional, dark, taboo, gritty, graphic, and just something that will stick with you. It is not for everyone that's for sure, some may not be able to get past the subject matter. I enjoyed the read and will read the authors other books. I just need a break in between. :) But I will get to them.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan Bazzett-Griffith

    Law and Order SVU meets a Lifetime Original miniseries meets V.C. Andrews fanfiction meets really crappy 6th grade level writing. The writing in this book is flat out bad, and with subject material as disturbing and sensitive as child sex trafficking, abuse, and prostitution, the bad writing makes it feel very exploitative, especially the graphic first half of the book, since it is clearly fiction. Why is it so very clearly fiction? Because the characters are one dimensional and stereotypical an Law and Order SVU meets a Lifetime Original miniseries meets V.C. Andrews fanfiction meets really crappy 6th grade level writing. The writing in this book is flat out bad, and with subject material as disturbing and sensitive as child sex trafficking, abuse, and prostitution, the bad writing makes it feel very exploitative, especially the graphic first half of the book, since it is clearly fiction. Why is it so very clearly fiction? Because the characters are one dimensional and stereotypical and the protagonist is "flawless". The story eventually draws you in enough to want to see what happens next, so the author has some story telling ability, but, truly, I can't, with any good conscience whatsoever, recommend that anyone ever read this, and I'm pretty embarrassed that I read it all the way through. I don't understand how it can have so many positive reviews. It's awful, and desperately needed major editing. I feel dirty and stupid after spending a few hours of my life reading it. Note to self: If the book is free on kindle, there is probably a reason for that.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    Maggie's life is changed forever the day she is kidnapped and thrown into the cruel, frightening world of human trafficking. Her innocence stolen from her, Maggie does what she must to survive. Alone, even though she is with others going through the same horrifying experiences she is, Maggie's story is heartbreaking, but inspiring. Maggie endured unimaginable cruelty at the hands of her captures and others who should have been trying to help her. But through it all, she remained strong, never gi Maggie's life is changed forever the day she is kidnapped and thrown into the cruel, frightening world of human trafficking. Her innocence stolen from her, Maggie does what she must to survive. Alone, even though she is with others going through the same horrifying experiences she is, Maggie's story is heartbreaking, but inspiring. Maggie endured unimaginable cruelty at the hands of her captures and others who should have been trying to help her. But through it all, she remained strong, never giving up hope. Paige Dearth, staying true to her writing style, delivers an intense, engaging, and thoughtful story. The details are fictional, but are so close to the truth to be scary, and she is able to bring out emotions with her writing in a way that is simply captivating. Maggie's story is not a light read, and it will make you contemplate the horrors that are very real in this world. But it is a story needs to be told. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Loveliest Evaris

    As a formalist literary critic would quip: Regardless of the author's past history with abuse, that is irrelevant in regards to reviewing and determining the value and quality of the book. I stopped after 3 chapters. The writing style attempted 3rd person omniscient and failed. The narrative reminded me--painfully--of the first toddling steps an aspiring fanfiction writer would take in giving us a description of everything without it really feeling natural. It just didn't read well to me. It's not As a formalist literary critic would quip: Regardless of the author's past history with abuse, that is irrelevant in regards to reviewing and determining the value and quality of the book. I stopped after 3 chapters. The writing style attempted 3rd person omniscient and failed. The narrative reminded me--painfully--of the first toddling steps an aspiring fanfiction writer would take in giving us a description of everything without it really feeling natural. It just didn't read well to me. It's not like it was grammatically incorrect or out-there, it just felt very amateur and heavy-handed. Yeah, that's the word I'd use: Heavy-handed. Things that also bothered me right from the get-go in the little that I read: 1. No, don't believe for a fucking second that "men with big vans luring kids with puppies" is common whatsoever. Children are statistically much more likely to be kidnapped, raped, or murdered by someone they know than a complete stranger. Also, when people do such things to children, it's usually ones they know "won't be missed": Runaways, abused and neglected, etc. I understand the appeal of a good kidnapping story, I really do, I enjoy the dark themes that it could bring, but this is obviously coming from a biased perspective at the hands of the author due to her past. It does no one any good to continue to promote this tired false trope nowadays. 2. Chloroform takes minutes not seconds to kick in. Just thought I'd mention that. It's 20xx, you should know this shit by now. 3. This book doesn't need to be 630 pages. You can read infinitely better and more tragic books with similar themes of kidnapping and rape of children in titles like Gemma by Meg Tilly, which is roughly 1/3rd the length of this book. Save your time, this isn't worth it, it's actually pretty boring and painfully amateurish in its narrative.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cathryn

    Won this in a goodreads giveaway and I am glad to give a review on the chance of getting to read this book: One among us How resilient is a human and their soul? Read this book to find an answer. Raw edgy and disturbingly graphic. I understand why the author must write this because we have to decide to be self absorbed in our own world and things are possible happing right next door. Then we ask but how. Do you remember the 50s&60s where are family's went next door and welcomed people or just dro Won this in a goodreads giveaway and I am glad to give a review on the chance of getting to read this book: One among us How resilient is a human and their soul? Read this book to find an answer. Raw edgy and disturbingly graphic. I understand why the author must write this because we have to decide to be self absorbed in our own world and things are possible happing right next door. Then we ask but how. Do you remember the 50s&60s where are family's went next door and welcomed people or just dropped by for "coffee" it's because we wanted to know what was going on in our own neighborhood and be vigilant about keeping the bogeyman away. There are nuggets of use/truth in this book so as not to become a victim no one wants to ever have that "talk" with their children about strangers and what they might/will get us to do to steal our children but I would rather have that talk rather let them be nab. So if the author is putting it out there for you freakin use it ok. Maggie is not the poor pitiful woe is me character she kicked butt and struggled to make it thru this not only alive but bravely moving past it. Great read and great ending couldn't be happier!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    This is an emotional roller coaster, in a good way through. This is the first book I have read by Paige Dearth and after I finished I found her other books. She is a captivating author that makes you feel for her characters, they are real and believable and you feel as if you are there, watching events unfold. This was a hard book to read at times but it is worth the read. Children can be so resilient and spirits can be hard to break. I was hooked from the first page and flew through this book to This is an emotional roller coaster, in a good way through. This is the first book I have read by Paige Dearth and after I finished I found her other books. She is a captivating author that makes you feel for her characters, they are real and believable and you feel as if you are there, watching events unfold. This was a hard book to read at times but it is worth the read. Children can be so resilient and spirits can be hard to break. I was hooked from the first page and flew through this book to see what would happen next. We aren't all dealt a fair hand at times but we can persevere through the hard times to get to a place of happiness. If Maggie and Seth can persevere so can we. I highly recommend this book. This is not a book for young readers as it has language and sexual themes. Give it a chance though, but don't leave a bad review based on those issues, be forewarned. As i said, hard to read at times but well worth the bad to see the good. Paige is a great author that I recommend,.I have found a new favorite. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not effect my review one way or the other.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Blanchard

    This was a very difficult book to read. Not because it isn't well written, because it is, but because of the horrifying subject matter, child sex trafficking. It is extremely graphic, but it is truly gripping. I had to put it down so many times because it grabbed my soul as a parent and as a human being. Maggie the main character is a young girl who has more strength than you can ever even imagine. She is a survivor. She never let them take her soul. She is a strong, awe inspiring protagonist. I This was a very difficult book to read. Not because it isn't well written, because it is, but because of the horrifying subject matter, child sex trafficking. It is extremely graphic, but it is truly gripping. I had to put it down so many times because it grabbed my soul as a parent and as a human being. Maggie the main character is a young girl who has more strength than you can ever even imagine. She is a survivor. She never let them take her soul. She is a strong, awe inspiring protagonist. I would not have even half of her strength to go through something like this. Paige Dearth has captured the very essence of this horribly tragic subject, because she lived it. I was moved to tears many, many times. As to the book, it is long, but it had to be so that you could fully grasp this horrible story. This is a story that happens every day and most children do not survive it. The story has great flow, believable characters and is so true to life. So very true to life. This is a hard book to read but read it we must. Children are kidnapped every single day by animals. They could not possibly be human. This book will stay with me forever.

  16. 4 out of 5

    EMILY

    This was my first time reading this author, but it won't be the last! The subject matter was difficult to read, but at the same time I couldn't stop reading. I loved this book & all the emotions the author made me feel while reading it. Of all the books I've read since joining this website, this was the first that left me compelled to write a review (and only 5 minutes after I finished the book I might add)! This was my first time reading this author, but it won't be the last! The subject matter was difficult to read, but at the same time I couldn't stop reading. I loved this book & all the emotions the author made me feel while reading it. Of all the books I've read since joining this website, this was the first that left me compelled to write a review (and only 5 minutes after I finished the book I might add)!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Giorgiana

    I decided to start this review with the first page from the book, instead of the description, as I usually do. I felt that the first page has a bigger impact on us, the readers, than any other book description.  To be honest, I don't even know how to start this review. So, first I wish to thank Paige Dearth for sending me her book. It was a pleasure to read it and now I wish to read all her books and for her to never stop writing.  Before I continue, I want to say one thing about Paige. For me, sh I decided to start this review with the first page from the book, instead of the description, as I usually do. I felt that the first page has a bigger impact on us, the readers, than any other book description.  To be honest, I don't even know how to start this review. So, first I wish to thank Paige Dearth for sending me her book. It was a pleasure to read it and now I wish to read all her books and for her to never stop writing.  Before I continue, I want to say one thing about Paige. For me, she is the female version of Stieg Larsson. He is on my top list with the favorite writers and then is Camilla Läckberg. To this moment, Paige Dearth won the third place and, somehow I fear, in a good way, that after I will read her other books, she will take the place of one of the above writers. Most likely Camilla's. Sorry, Camilla for that.  Anyway, I love everything about One Among Us! Usually, the writers want you to feel one or two emotions, but Paige made me feel all the emotions in the world. I felt sorry and powerless about Maggie's and others kids destiny, I felt sad when Sam and Cali died. I felt pain when Seth died( sorry for the spoiler but I had to say it) - I cried. I felt happiness when Maggie reunited with her family. I felt hate toward the awful men who died all the unspeakable things to the kids. You must read this book and you'll understand what I am saying here.  I also made this habit to read before sleep, so must of the nights I had dreams about those children's faith. And I don't complain about it. What I am trying to say is that this book describes the reality of the prostitution, child abduction, and sex trafficking. A reality that most of us don't know it because no one talks too much about it. When you hear the news that a child has been abducted, they say how he/she was dressed when was last seen and where to call if you have any information. The same applies for the prostitution. Not so many pieces of information given. Or maybe I am wrong and I am living in a cocoon and I don't hear too much about it. But Paige described everything in the tiniest detail. Which, for me was the great thing that ever happened. Why? Because now I am aware of the reality and I couldn't be more grateful to Paige for it. Enough with this subject. Back to the book itself. I loved how easy to read is. There are no sophisticated words, but there are many vulgar words and swearing. So no one with the age under 18 is allowed to read it.  Is easily understood that the description is very well made.  I recommend this book to everyone as I consider it as a wake-up call for each of us who doesn't know the reality behind the sex trafficking and prostitution. Also, I must say that most of the book is really dark, with awful things described, but the ending is worth reading. I cried of happiness and I couldn't wish for another ending.  I've learned so many things reading One Among Us. I've learned to be grateful for the tiniest and unimportant things I have, to respect everyone around me and to never judge someone just because I see something that doesn't appeal to me. Life is full of unknown reasons why somebody does what they do, and if we don't try to understand their reasons and to help them, we don't have the right to judge.  P.S. I must add the fact that I love the cover!! 

  18. 5 out of 5

    Remie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.. This is my first time reading a Paige Dearth Novel so I went into this with no real expectations either way. I’m going to start by saying I give this book a solid 3 stars. I was intrigued by the description but I have to say I was not prepared for how dark and somber this book was. It’s not that I still believe in fairy tales or anything; I am well aware of Sex Trafficking and the sickos that fund it. I I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.. This is my first time reading a Paige Dearth Novel so I went into this with no real expectations either way. I’m going to start by saying I give this book a solid 3 stars. I was intrigued by the description but I have to say I was not prepared for how dark and somber this book was. It’s not that I still believe in fairy tales or anything; I am well aware of Sex Trafficking and the sickos that fund it. I just felt this novel may have been a little too raw for my taste. The main character, Maggie Clarke, never really seem to get more than a glimmer of hope for 90+ chapters. It just seemed to get darker and darker for a long stretch of the book. You really find yourself pulling for all of these kids that have been thrown into this lifestyle. I actually had to stop reading it a few times because it was so disturbing and the details were so imaginative. However, I think my biggest issue with this book was the actual length of it. By chapter 50, I am thinking how much more of the same vile and disgusting scenarios can Paige make us endure? Apparently over 100 chapters worth. I truly feel that with a little more character development, a couple hundred less pages to read and a little less of the grimy details this book would be a 5 star knockout. I was never really able to have an emotional connection with Maggie the main character but I did feel emotions from the 4 other main children, Seth, Shana, Cali and Max. Even JuJu and Joey who came along later had more emotion and presence. Maggie was always in a care taker roll, even at the start when she was 11 yrs old. She was hard and emotionless and I think if we got to really understand her fear maybe from another perspective I would feel differently about her character. The subject matter is very important and it relates directly with some things Paige, the Author experienced throughout her life and I do not want to take anything away from that. Page wants us to see and feel what goes on in the underground world that we so we want to believe doesn’t exist because why would anyone do this to innocent children. This was indeed eye opening for me and has me re-evaluating the ignominy expressed when we talk about poverty, prostitution and even the pornography industry. Many are forced into all three and I know this happens with kids that are kidnapped but that seems to be the only time the media pays attention. It is happening every day and it happens to those in poverty and/or those who may have drug addicted family members. It is best not to judge anyone because maybe they actually need help. Thank you for the reminder Paige as we should be vigilant and aware of dangers to not just us but our neighbors, friends, school mates, church mates and other people we come across in our lives. I learned some great lessons from this novel. Again, I give this book 3 stars. It seems like Paige writes her books with a cause and I hope her next novel is a 5 star best seller!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    It hard to figure out where to start with this story. It was hard to read because of the deep emotional topic it covered. But I couldn't put it down because I wanted to see Maggie get as much as a happy ending she could considering the circumstances she was in. The story begins with the kidnapping of Maggie. Like in real life she is lured by a stranger with a puppy. Then suddenly she's in a van with a kidnapped little boy Seth, who is only 4. I could barley get over that one. That very night Ma It hard to figure out where to start with this story. It was hard to read because of the deep emotional topic it covered. But I couldn't put it down because I wanted to see Maggie get as much as a happy ending she could considering the circumstances she was in. The story begins with the kidnapping of Maggie. Like in real life she is lured by a stranger with a puppy. Then suddenly she's in a van with a kidnapped little boy Seth, who is only 4. I could barley get over that one. That very night Maggie is thrust into the life of sexual slavery. She is not alone she is with a few other teen who were also kidnapped years before. This story is sad and heartbreaking, filled with sexual abuse, torture and horrific deaths. And takes course over a period of over 9 years. In this time frame you see Maggie grow, lose friends, and gain friends, and lose some more. All the while she's trying to make a life for herself and Seth, while still being exploited. You get a lot of imagery, in to Maggie's life. It's very hard to read, but in the back of your mind it makes you think, that this stuff really happens in real life. You also get to see the struggles that Maggie's parents face trying to find her. But throughout the book you are rooting for Maggie to be free, she is also trying to bring down some of the men who hurt her. It does have a bittersweet ending, you aren't left thinking you read the book for nothing. If you are a sensitive person this story will stick with you for a while, though this Author did a great job at detailing the life of Maggie, I don't think my emotions can handle another story like this. This book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Philip Bailey

    Impact. Sure to have an impact on any parent, grandparent, or anyone with concern for children. I read in order “Believe like a Child”, “When Smiles Fade” and “One Among Us” so I have some continuity of the story and the characters. It was refreshing to see the maturity of the author’s writing. This is easily a stand out amongst books dealing with the subject of child abuse and illicit activities perpetrated by the most sinister citizens of our population. Easily believable scenarios for the mos Impact. Sure to have an impact on any parent, grandparent, or anyone with concern for children. I read in order “Believe like a Child”, “When Smiles Fade” and “One Among Us” so I have some continuity of the story and the characters. It was refreshing to see the maturity of the author’s writing. This is easily a stand out amongst books dealing with the subject of child abuse and illicit activities perpetrated by the most sinister citizens of our population. Easily believable scenarios for the most part as the plot begins with the kidnap of children and progresses through the unimaginable abuse at the hands of pedophiles, then sold as sex slaves for the prostitution trade. The very human emotions are expressed through the characters living a life of abuse, knowing little other existence and yet knowing theirs’ is wrong, longing for the life in the world outside of their own. The bonds that form and the competition among these prisoners of an evil world are well expressed. When an author compels the reader to form an image of and a connection to the characters it assures success as a story teller. Even this hardened 68 year old reader came very close to choking up as a tragic end befell a central figure. News of missing and exploited children is all too frequent, but this story looks into the struggle of those who live day to day never knowing when the end may come and seeking the lightest spark of hope. The light at the end of the tunnel has been extinguished for most of these unfortunates. A very emotional read and one that will likely linger in my heart and mind for a very long time. A definite five star plus.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kimberlie

    This is an intense, riveting, nightmarish look inside sex trafficking. Note: You will know and understand a few characters that appear in this book if you read Mean Little People and When Smiles Fade before One Among Us. We go with eleven year old Maggie Clarke through her abduction, her introduction to being trafficked, then her horrific day to day life throughout her imprisonment. We meet other children who are being held captive and sold by the same people, seventeen year old Cali, fifteen year This is an intense, riveting, nightmarish look inside sex trafficking. Note: You will know and understand a few characters that appear in this book if you read Mean Little People and When Smiles Fade before One Among Us. We go with eleven year old Maggie Clarke through her abduction, her introduction to being trafficked, then her horrific day to day life throughout her imprisonment. We meet other children who are being held captive and sold by the same people, seventeen year old Cali, fifteen year old Max, twelve year old Shana, and four year old Seth. They form a sort of family until all but Seth are taken away from Maggie. All of their stories are heartbreaking This book will tear you into tiny little pieces. Early on I found my mind drifting at times trying to imagine the best/worst way to torture these abusers, and hoping we get to see a fitting end for them, although nothing could be punishment enough for what they've done to these children. In time Maggie makes a friend, life starts to get a tiny bit easier, and then she has the rug ripped from under her again and she goes back to a constant and horrific hell. This book will gut punch you multiple times, but there are good parts too. Maggie is a strong, smart, and courageous young woman. She becomes a mother to Seth, she makes friends when and where she is able, helps who she can, and makes the best she can out of a seriously awful life. This book is hard to put down because of Maggie and her determination. I'm now moving on to Emma's story in When Smiles Fade.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tonya

    Truly captivating Truly captivating tale of a young girl's survival thru her kidnapping and survival in the sex slave industry. Paige Dearth can keep you busy with her work!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is simply the most disturbing book I have ever read and while a work of fiction it's horrifying to think situations like this happen more than we think. I couldn't put it down, One Among Us is incredibly well written. I loved that the story at times was told from multiple points of view. If I compared it to anything it would be A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer. Both horrifying and graphic but held the readers attention and while Pelzer's story is pure biography Dearth also has first hand kn This is simply the most disturbing book I have ever read and while a work of fiction it's horrifying to think situations like this happen more than we think. I couldn't put it down, One Among Us is incredibly well written. I loved that the story at times was told from multiple points of view. If I compared it to anything it would be A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer. Both horrifying and graphic but held the readers attention and while Pelzer's story is pure biography Dearth also has first hand knowledge of Maggie's experiences. It makes for a very haunting read, Have a box of kleenex nearby! I sobbed my way through and by the end was such a mess that I cried myself to sleep. There is no side stepping the human trafficking/sex trade/abuse in this novel.. It's honest and in your face to be prepared, Dearth holds nothing back. I think it's important read and one I highly recommend!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Breezy

    This book was an intense page turner, it really opened your eyes to what is really going on in the dark parts of the world. This book always kept the reader hopeful and wondering what was going to happen next. I really enjoyed reading this book and while some parts might be a little adult, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great page turner and a story that explores all of your emotions. :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Roxy

    Intriguing! I liked that the book took her life on different human sex trafficking ordeals, which broke my heart, but it gave readers insight on how bad it can get out there for these poor kids. I would recommend this book to people who want to read a book that they can’t put down until the end! I chose a five star rating because this book captivates the reader from the first chapter!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Esmeralda Plascencia

    This is a very great book and makes people learn that things happen for a reason not because you wanted it to happen.And that's just life you really do have to deal with it because one mistake could ruin your life but you have to just know that your not alone and there is always going to be people that will be there to help and understand.Very inspirational.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    I don’t even know where to start. I’ve never read anything remotely like this before. I won this Kindle book through the Goodreads Giveaway and appreciate that I won, however, I only got a third of the way through and could not read anymore of the abuse that this character and others were suffering at the hands of these despicable people. This was an extremely painful read and I could not continue. It is a horrific account of an eleven year old girl named, Maggie, who was kidnapped from a mall a I don’t even know where to start. I’ve never read anything remotely like this before. I won this Kindle book through the Goodreads Giveaway and appreciate that I won, however, I only got a third of the way through and could not read anymore of the abuse that this character and others were suffering at the hands of these despicable people. This was an extremely painful read and I could not continue. It is a horrific account of an eleven year old girl named, Maggie, who was kidnapped from a mall and forced into human sex trafficking. Sex trafficking was unknown a few years ago but is being talked about more and more. As a grandmother of two young boys, made this even more difficult for me to continue reading. I know the author was abused as a child and writes real-life horror and refers to her work as: Fiction with Meaning. Hoping that awareness through fiction creates prevention. I found the writing rather elementary and this was another reason I didn’t care for it. I don’t feel I can rate this book having not finished it. The amount that I did read is disconcerting to me on so many levels...and maybe this is what the author is striving for, so people become aware of what is happening to children that are forced into human trafficking.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This story will pull at your heart. You will find yourself crying. A good storyline with believable characters. It will tug at a your emotions. This book doesn't shy away from the reality of child sex rings and forced prostitution. It shows how good parents can make mistakes and errors in judgement. This is a well developed story. I recommend this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kim Cesario

    Wasn't a big fan, kind of dragged on

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Zautner

    3.5 Stars

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.