Lydia is a bookstore owner in Acapulco. After she befriends a customer with similar reading tastes, she learns he is the head of a Mexican cartel. Even when her journalist husband writes an expose on this cartel, she does not believe her life is in danger. When tragedy strikes, she flees with her young son, the only family other than herself to survive. She needs to get him to the United States at all costs.
This novel is so beautifully written that the reader feels as if they are right beside them on their journey. We experience every setback and triumph along with Lydia and Luca as they make their way to freedom.
My favorite line is in the Epilogue:
“If you can’t trust a librarian, who can you trust?”