Today I am reviewing Where Tomorrow Waits by Din Ka.
Blurb: Where Tomorrow Waits unfolds over the haunting landscape of Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge war era. Dara, a young girl whom instead of enjoying the carefree life of a teenager, is trapped between the opposing burdens of her mother’s secret affair and her own loyalty to her father.
Soon enough, Dara discovers her mother’s selfish secret is just the beginning of her sufferings as it leads her on a path filled with more lies, betrayal, and molestation. As Dara’s father, Muirye, learns about the consequences behind her mother’s actions, he sets forth to make a sacrifice that would ultimately change Dara’s life forever. But before Dara can learn to accept the changes her father has brought forth into her life, she must first survive the Khmer Rouge genocide.
Dara is left with a heartbreaking choice— risk her life trying to escape to America, a promised land of opportunity, or stay behind and sacrifice everything to search for her father, who might not even be alive. The choice she makes takes her on a haunting journey that spans three decades of guilt, lies, and what if questions. The deep dark twisting truth Dara accidently uncovers, which her mother had been guarding all her life, is something Dara considers far worse than death.
Will Dara ever be able to accept the deep dark twisting truth she has been unknowingly living with all her life, or will death finally grasp her by its fingertips?
My Review: I really feel this should be a must read. The deeply moving and truly horrifying events that take place when you live in a war zone should be felt by everyone. Maybe we would tend to think twice about the value in war. I truly hesitate to say I loved the book seeing how so much sadness was dealt with, however I did think it was delivered in a masterfully way. The way the characters grow and evolve throughout the book and learn to deal with the tragedies of the past and move beyond them is inspiring. I give this book 5 stars. If you like historical novels this one is for you.