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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Layers of Light by S. R. Cronin is a beautiful story that handles complex and sensitive themes. Teddie is the female protagonist, just finishing high school when her best friend Michelle convinces her to spend the semester in Darjeeling, India. Teddie sees an opportunity for the adventure of a lifetime, but as she begins to make new friends, she discovers an underworld of crime involving human trafficking and the flesh trade. What makes it more complicated is that her friends are in danger and to save them she has to harness an extraordinary power she barely knew she possessed. Will she be able to find her missing friends and save them?
S. R. Cronin takes a very sensitive topic and skillfully develops it, drawing the reader’s attention to an inhuman practice without diminishing the entertaining nature of the story. The characters are lovely and well developed. I found myself rooting for the protagonist and I liked the supporting characters like her friends Usha and Hallie. The subplots are masterfully handled and they provide the suspense that makes for an exciting read. It is interesting how skillfully the author brings different plot elements together to create a seamless conclusion. There is a lot to enjoy in this narrative, from the crisp writing to the strong plot points. The author’s handling of the themes of human trafficking and the sex trade is impeccable. Strong writing and cinematic narrative combine with the elaborately developed cast of characters to make for a gorgeous offering. Layers of Light is a page-turner for fans of well-written stories with compelling characters.