This is a captivating page-turner about a young Chinese girl who finds herself in a brothel (flash house) in India. She is rescued by an Englishwomen, but the story just begins there. This book is full of spies and intrigue.
An amazing and engrossing portrait of China after World War II seen through two women's very personal journeys
From the back cover-
New Delhi, 1949. Joanna Shaw runs a refuge for girls from the city's red-light district. She is here when the news arrives: her husband's plane has gone down in the mountains of Kashmir. Certain that Aidan, a journalist is still alive, she enlists the aid of his best friend, Lawrence. Together with ten-year-old Kamla, the half Chinese, half Sikh orphan she has rescued from a brothal, the three begin a journey into the treacherous heart of the Himalayans, where Aidan seems to have vanished without a trace.
Book is boring and tedious at times. I just couldn't understand why she continued to search for a husband who abandoned her.