Eleven-year-old Maggie Clarke is living a nightmare most children couldn't imagine in their wildest dreams. She's been abducted from her suburban Philadelphia family and thrust into the indescribably horrific and largely unknown underworld of human sex trafficking. Maggie doesn't yet realize that her abduction will change her life forever. She's focused on caring for four-year-old Seth, who was also abducted.
Years pass and though Maggie's family never gives up searching for her, she's living the dangerous and degrading life of an underage prostitute. Maggie's smarts usually keep her one step ahead of her pimp, but her boldness sometimes earns her severe punishments from the man who controls her every move. Her close relationship with a drug dealer named JuJu and her continuing role as mother to Seth are what give her the strength to keep going through her brutal existence.
After nearly a decade, when a man approaches her with a dangerous proposition, will Maggie be willing to do whatever it takes to break free from this modern form of slavery?
An unforgettable story of courage and survival, One Among Us serves as an eye-opening reminder that horrible things can happen to anyone-it's how people deal with their circumstances that matters.
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About the Author
Paige Dearth, a victim of childhood sexual abuse, was raised in a poor family in Philadelphia. By her early twenties, she was a new mother with a heroin-addicted husband. But through sheer determination, Dearth would earn a master's degree and spend twenty-eight years working in corporate America. She realized her longtime dream of becoming a writer upon the 2011 release of her first novel, Believe Like A Child. Two more novels followed: When Smiles Fade and One Among Us.
Dearth credits her ability to produce exciting and emotionally provocative stories to years of voraciously reading thrillers and horror novels. She aims to inspire her readers to think about the lifelong ramifications of traumatic childhood experiences.
Dearth currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband. She enjoys healthy cooking and has plans to add a cookbook to her literary credentials.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Once again Paige Dearth Writes an amazing story. It's one of sadness, horror, loathing, and in the end.........justice. Just amazing!!! A must read for anyone who wants a good tear jerker.
Disclaimer: My book club won advanced copies of Dearth's book in exchange for honest reviews. With an estimated 24 million victims of child sex trafficking, this story is important if for nothing else than to raise awareness to the seriousness of the issue and that more needs to be bring down these evil, heartless animals who support this trade. There seems to be a huge conspiracy and deep pockets that are fueling it. HT is as lucrative to these cartels as the drug trade. It is pathetic that the child victims serve as nothing but as a commodity, to be used up and discarded. This is story is disturbing, graphic and raw. Paige Dearth obviously has experienced some horrific battles in her life to be able to tell this story. One Among Us was heart wrenching and difficult to fathom the brutal treatment of child sex trafficked victims, Maggie, young Seth and the other children throughout the story. I found myself having to take breaks so I could breathe. I was exhausted for waiting for a glimpse of hope for these children through their years long ordeal. Death at many times seemed to be the only thing that would bring an escape from their living hell. I kept asking myself how can a child ever endure and heal from something like this. I rate a book based on how it captivates me from the start to the very end. One Among Us did not disappoint. If not for having to break and breathe, I would rate this "unputdownable"! I read several reviews dissing the book because it had many grammatical errors and was too long with much repetition. I agree with all of this, but the story was truly incredible, so I was able to look beyond the errors. I believe with time and experience, the rest will come. I cannot wait for Dearth's sequel to find out what happened to Emma. I really liked her. Maggie was amazingly resilient throughout her horrifying ordeal, so I would like to know how her life turns out. I want to see her happy! I am very excited to share that our book club will be having an author chat with Paige Dearth. Prior to our author chat, we will have a clinician from The Porch Light, a ministry for victims of child sex trafficking speak to us on healing and restoration.
Becoming Famous was a very entertaining story from beginning to end. Bebe gets herself into so much trouble but always manages to come out on top. This book is a follow up to Rules for Riders but you don't have to have read that to understand this story line. It works well as a stand alone as well since it touches on parts from Rules for Riders. I found myself impressed with Bebe in the beginning when dealing with Blue but at times I also wanted to smack her in the head and ask what the heck was wrong with her or what was she thinking. At times you just see disaster headed her way (party towards the end). Overall a great book that flows great. Natalie Scott is great and I can't wait for whatever comes next in Bebe's adventures!!
Maggie's life is changed forever the day she is kidnapped and thrown into the cruel, frightening world of human trafficking. Her innocence stolen from her, Maggie does what she must to survive. Alone, even though she is with others going through the same horrifying experiences she is, Maggie's story is heartbreaking, but inspiring. Maggie endured unimaginable cruelty at the hands of her captures and others who should have been trying to help her. But through it all, she remained strong, never giving up hope. Paige Dearth, staying true to her writing style, delivers an intense, engaging, and thoughtful story. The details are fictional, but are so close to the truth to be scary, and she is able to bring out emotions with her writing in a way that is simply captivating. Maggie's story is not a light read, and it will make you contemplate the horrors that are very real in this world. But it is a story needs to be told.
This book is really good. I don't like the idea of human trafficking at all. But I do think it makes a good subject in this book and I love the happy ending Maggie gets. I think this was a great thriller! I would read more from this author. * I got this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review. I have read two other books from this author and I can say I know her writing style by now that I know it is going to be raw, disturbing, intense and much more. With One Among Us we are taken into the world of children sex trafficking it is something that actually goes on today but it is the thing that no one hardly talks about I believe. Maggie is a young eleven year old girl who was kidnapped and sold. We are put into her world where we see what her and others go through and it is gruesome enough to make you just want to rush out and save these children. We watch as Maggie suffers but somehow she finds the strength to survive and not give into the world of her captors. While she is trying to stay alive she takes under her wing to keep safe a little boy named Seth. He was four when he was taken and his ending comes as something that I didn't even see coming. Maggie goes from sex trafficking to prostitute at an early age, but she didn't let that make her who she is. She eventually turned to dancing and if you have read the other two books then you know the club she danced at and the people she met. They each have their own stories to tell. I would say that you don't have to read these books in any order but the girls that are in the other books by this author When A Smile Fades and Believe Like A Child are all connected in some way. Thanks to the strip to the strip club. Now with these books you want happy endings and you just know that there normally isn't one. But with One Among Us we get to see the happy ending Maggie gets. And I am glad she did. She deserves it after all the turmoil and nightmares she went through. Maggie is a very strong character and her world was written to where it was believable and scary. Again I will say as I have said in my other reviews by this author. The stories told are not for the faint of heart it will make you either want to cry or actually cry. You will be upset and mad, you will want to put the book down and just take a breath until you can find out what happens next. There is graphic sex scenes so reader beware. The only problems I had with this book are as followed. The author has the characters joke around a lot. Juju, Maggie and Seth are all hanging out on a normal basis. But when they are joking around I felt as though they would ask joke around saying 'your breath stinks.' Now I know they are joking having a laugh but I think the author could have used something more than saying people's breath stank. It was just used more than once and I felt that was was too much. Second, Maggie gets her happy ending. But there is no talk about her brother Keith. Did she ever get to meet him? How did he feel when his mother was depressed about his sister being kidnapped? I know it may not be important but there was more talk about Maggie's mother and father and hardly any mention of Keith but in passing. I would have liked to known his reaction to Maggie coming back.