“Hearts and Minds” by Amanda Craig takes us into the streets of London where we discover the aching hearts of several people who through excellent writing intertwine with each other,pass and miss each other by moments.
Amanda Craig knows her city, London,the never stopping pulse of people and traffic that clogs up the air and fills the human soul with instincts of survival and greed.
The story starts with an unknown killer disposing of a body somewhere in London. Polly Noble is a human rights lawyer who is all too aware of the misfortunes that can befall London’s immigrant population. When polly’s house help,Iryna, disappears Polly is angry about her lack of responsibility,but then Iryna is found dead.
Job the Zimbabien taxi driver works hard and sends money to his wife. He hasn’t had any contact with her for a while but he believes they will be reunited when things get better. Katie is an American reporter with her own problems and Ian, a South African school teacher, living in exile from their homeland, in loneliness and anger.
Then we are introduced to Ana who is a sex-slave in brothel. She is fifteen years old and has been forced into an unimaginable situation that makes the heart beat for her. Her violent captors show no mercy for her as the dish out violence on a daily basis. Katie, the reporter, lives in the same block upstairs. She comes into contact with Ana and does her best to help. The story has so many characters that pop up, yet each has his or her rightful place in a complex story that Amanda Craig has plotted and written with expertise. She takes us into a world where we can empathise with those who we would not normally meet in everyday life. The reader feels the compassion of the author throughout which makes it book worthy of everbody’s bookshelf.