The Last Witness
Overview - After a massacre at a Bosnian prison camp, a young girl is found alone, clutching a diary, so traumatized she can't even speak. Twenty years later, the last witness to the prison guards' brutal crimes must hunt down those responsible to learn what happened to her family. Read more...
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After a massacre at a Bosnian prison camp, a young girl is found alone, clutching a diary, so traumatized she can't even speak. Twenty years later, the last witness to the prison guards' brutal crimes must hunt down those responsible to learn what happened to her family.
Twenty years ago, after the fall of Yugoslavia, the world watched in horror as tens of thousands were killed or imprisioned in work camps during an "ethnic cleansing" in Bosnia. Carla Lane has little knowledge of what went on halfway around the world when she was a child. She is living a near perfect life in New York City, married and soon to have a family of her own. But when her husband is murdered by a group of Serbian war criminals, strange memories start coming back, and she discovers that she underwent extensive therapy as a girl to suppress her memories. She is given her mother's diary, which unlocks her childhood memories and reveals that she was, along with her parents and young brother, imprisoned in a war camp outside Sarajevo.
As her memories come back, it becomes clear that she is the last witness to a brutal massacre in the prison and that her brother may still be alive. She sets out to find her brother, but first she must hunt down the war criminals responsible for destroying her life. But these killers will stop at nothing to protect their anonymity and their deadly pasts...and are determined to silence the last witness to their crimes.
From the talented storyteller who gave us The Second Messiah
, The Last Witness
serves up another captivating and nail-biting thriller that will keep you holding your breath right to the end.
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The grisly conflict that tore apart the former Yugoslavia serves as the backdrop for this pedestrian and improbable thriller from Meade (The Second Messiah). As a child, Carla Lane witnessed the horrors of ethnic cleansing in Serbia, but, as an adult, she is unable to recall these traumatic experiences—that is, until her husband, concert pianist Jan, is killed in a car bombing by the Serbian war criminals-turned-international gangsters he had been hunting. Carla discovers her late mother’s diary and reads about her long-vanished brother, Luka, thereby recovering her last memory of him in a prison camp near Sarajevo. Despite having recently learned she’s pregnant, Carla resolves to undergo a dangerous journey to find Luka. Unfortunately, Meade’s worthwhile message about ethnic hatred, whether in the Balkans or elsewhere, is diluted by unlikely coincidences, shallow motivations, and broadly drawn characters like the villain with “terrifying gargoyles in the dark belfry of his mind.” Agent: Claudia Cross, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Aug.)