Monday, 12 January 2015

Veiled Intentions by Eileen Carr

Veiled Intentions by Eileen Carr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Beginning with a compellingly impactful court scene, the storyline takes us through a set of events beginning on a fateful night when a young war veteran in Afghanistan is hit and run over, putting him into a coma. The police rest their suspicions on a high-school student, Jamila. Although Jamila denies the charges, no further efforts are taken up to find out what happened that night. Jamila's parents sue the police force for harassing their daughter owing to her religion. What starts as a legal enforcement issue turns into a politico-religious devastation, with religious hate crimes and bullying feed on themselves and spread out. Lily, the one person determined to get to the bottom of the whole issue, is not ready to let matters rest until the truth is found out. But she needs to face the wrath of religious haters as well. Does Lily manage to save her sanity and also Jamila's dignity, is what the book takes us through.

The author utilises the premise and plot of a thriller, to instill the right and wrongs of the society effectively. Lessons on morality and how the society should keep bigotry and religious hatred away, is a lesson that comes out strongly. The real culprit behind the crime comes as a surprise. Daniel Richardson's character, the silent and observant class fellow of Jamila's is a surprisingly strong character. The pace of the book was brisk and engaging.

This was an intense and brilliant work and highly recommended for everyone.

My rating for this book: 5 stars

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When a Muslim high school student is accused of a crime she didn’t commit, her school counselor gets involved to clear her record in this ripped-from-the-headlines novel.

When Lily Simon finds cops in the lobby of the high school where she’s a guidance counselor, she’s not surprised: cops and adolescents go together like sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. But when the cops take Jamila, a Muslim student, into custody for a crime she didn’t commit, Lily’s high school becomes a powder keg.

Police think Jamila is responsible for a hit and run, and since she’s not talking, they have no choice but to keep her as the main suspect. And since the victim—a young soldier recently returned from Afghanistan—is lying unconscious in the hospital, the whole town is taking sides on whether or not Jamila’s arrest is religious persecution. Determined to find the truth, Lily teams up with a reporter to uncover what really happened the night of the hit and run.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Lily read Daniel Richardson’s article with a horrible sinking sensation in the pit of her stomach. She brought up Facebook on her computer and started searching.

She found the “Jamila Is a Terrorist” Facebook page by following a fairly long line of comments among other students. Despite being incredibly computer savvy, it surprised Lily to see how few kids had much regard to their privacy online. Even the ones who had made their profiles private didn’t seem to realize that if they commented on a page that wasn’t private, someone could have limited access to their information.

She felt physically ill when she found the page. Scrolling through it made her feel even worse.

“Cast your vote! Which one of these Darby High students is the most likely to bomb the place to the ground?”

Lily’s stomach dropped when she saw the poll. At this moment, Lily wasn’t sure what horrified her the most. Was it the fact that someone had created a poll like that on Facebook? Or that so many of the kids at school had already voted on who they thought was most likely to commit an act of terrorism against the school. Two hundred and seventy-nine votes had already been cast.

Four of the five choices were Muslim students. Jamila, of course. Then Hakim Massoud, Abdul El-Sayed, and Fareed Bahri. The fifth choice was SpongeBob SquarePants.

SpongeBob was trailing by quite a few votes.

About the Author:
Eileen Carr was born in Dayton, Ohio. She moved when she was four and only remembers that she was born across the street from Baskin-Robbins. Eileen remembers anything that has to do with ice cream. Or chocolate. Or champagne.

Eileen’s alter ego, Eileen Rendahl, is the award-winning author of four Chick Lit novels and the Messenger series.

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