|About the Book|
In the heart of every parent, no matter how strong the love and child-parental ties, lies fear. Fear that their child could one day, in some way, meet up with harm or be taken from them. For Marie and Steven Boman, on the final night of theirMoreIn the heart of every parent, no matter how strong the love and child-parental ties, lies fear. Fear that their child could one day, in some way, meet up with harm or be taken from them. For Marie and Steven Boman, on the final night of their daughter’s sophomore year, their worst fear becomes true with their only daughter’s disappearance. 16 year old Elizabeth Boman, affectionately known as ‘Lissy’ to her family and friends, is just like every other 16 year old girl, dividing her time among studies and friends at her local high school, looking forward to summer and the close of another school year. But unlike the ‘normal’ kids, Lissy is addicted to meth. On graduation night and desperate for a fix, she coerces Trevor, her best friend, to travel with her across the bridge that borders El Paso with Ciudad, Juarez. Targeted by traffickers for her youth, addiction, and white skin, her nightmare begins. Little does she know that she is being secretly followed by not just one, but several men. From new friends in the peculiar towns she finds herself in, to the strangers she befriends, to a robust woman who bears peach pies and hymns, to the men who were sent to get her, Lissy’s clock is ticking, as a desperate man stares at the images on the screen before him in a windowless cubicle overlooking Manila. Will Lissy be delivered into the hands of her kidnappers? Forced into a life of enslavement which has no way out but death? Or will she find her way home to her parents before the men who are following her find her? A poignant tale of love, courage, hope, and the desperation of addiction, interspersed with letters from a mother to a daughter, Lissy battles her demons as the traffickers try to find her. From the family ranch on the Rio Grande, to a party island, through seedy streets and a forest deep within the south behind a river, to the underworld of the drug cartels and traffickers, to a ‘house’ hidden in the hills above Manila, Lissy is a powerful novel that delivers.