Book Review: Missing Girl by Piper Punches

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Book Review: Missing Girl by Piper Punches Title: Missing Girl
Author: Piper Punches
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: January 31, 2014
Genres: Crime
Page Count: 140
Format: eBook
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In life my name was Sophia Lucia Cruz. In death it is simply missing girls. Not even singular, but plural, as if there was never one single part of me that was unique or separate from all the other girls that were buried in that harsh Mexican dirt; victims of circumstance, irrevocable choices, and just plain bad luck. If I still had the capacity to cry, I would, because it is that sad and tragic. But when the knife slid deep into my belly and the blood gurgled at the base of my throat I knew that tears wouldn't save me and they won't change my story now.

Sophia Cruz was what many would consider an average 17-year-old girl from Mission Valley, until the day she had a knife put to her stomach and fear inserted into her heart. Some may have called it stupidity. She called it a necessary sacrifice. Why else would she leave everything behind to walk arm in arm with the devil into a world of prostitution and human imprisonment?

This is Sophia's story. She wants you to know who she was before that day. Before she became just another missing girl . . .

Missing Girl, is a powerful, provocative story that explores the depths of familial love and the horrors of the human trafficking epidemic that plagues our global community. Sophia's story is a fictional account of what so many real- life women and children experience every single moment of their lives when they are forced into sexual slavery and human imprisonment.

Wow, I could not put this book down! The Missing Girl was a short but powerful story. Sophia Lucia Cruz is 17 year old living a normal life in Southern California with her mother and brother. She wanted to be a normal teenager. She didn’t want to stand out but wanted to have a peaceful existence. One day, while doing a simple chore for her mother, Sophia’s whole life’s changes in the blink of eye. Sophia is given the choice to either put her family’s life at risk or save them by sacrificing her own safety. She’s forced across to the border to Mexico and she’s set to be sold.

“Everyone can be bought; you just don’t realize it until you have been offered a deal.”

Sophia is put into a world she doesn’t know. Branded and held captive she has nowhere to go and no one to turn to. She becomes another nameless girl in a world of the missing.  The story tells of her thoughts and emotions as she tries to come to terms with her new surroundings. She reflects on her past and the decisions that lead her here.

“Chains don’t always have to be visible to hold you tightly in place.”

For the short time she is held in captivity, Lizzie is the only person that Sophia has to rely on. They don’t know if other but it just a few days they form an bond. She is another missing girl and she has seen so much of the true cruelty this life can bring. She tries to protect Sophia as much as possible but she has a dark fate. The story is emotional and the writing was captivating. It was a story of decisions and ultimate sacrifice. I’m excited to see more for Piper Punches.


About Piper Punches

Piper Punches grew up in a rural Missouri town in the far west suburbs of St. Louis. As early as kindergarten, Piper began her adventure as a storyteller. It wasn’t long before others caught on that her talented storytelling was actually a disguise for her tendency to be a pathological liar. Luckily, by the time high school rolled around she got her act together and began to channel her bad girl tendencies into something constructive.

By the age of 16 she had written her novel, Silent Witness; a John Grisham- like tale about the treachery and brutality of the Colombian cartel. Before ever hitting the book shelves, Silent Witness was adapted into a screenplay that was picked up by a major Hollywood studio. It was at this time that Piper learned the harsh lessons of Hollywood and the literary world. NEVER pay an agent one measly dollar until you have a contract in your hands and listen to your parents when they advise you against blindly sending $500 to have your dreams come true overnight. Sometimes parents actually know what they are talking about.

For the next several years (okay, about 20 years) Piper held onto her dream of becoming a published novelist, but decided to take up procrastination instead. It didn’t pay well, but it sure felt great to get nothing accomplished and pursue other random dreams. Finally, in 2012, after an eight year period as a social worker and a seven year stint as a business owner Piper decided it was time to get back into the habit of storytelling . . . err, writing. She began freelancing and ghost writing for several popular websites, while continuing to postpone writing her original work.

Piper’s mother had told her during her teenage years that writers write what they know. Of course, she didn’t take her mother’s advice back then and continued to write about drug cartels (because didn’t you know that every 16 year old living in rural Missouri knows about drug cartels? Meth – maybe. Colombia drug runners – no). However, in true Piper fashion, after 20 years she finally took that parental advice.

In late fall of 2013, Piper will debut her first novel as a bona fide adult. The Waiting Room is a novel that started as the title of a short story collection, but quickly proved it could be so much more. It evolved into a story about the complexities of family, the invisible bonds that connect people, and the pain that can reverberate through the choices we make.

Piper Punches lives 45 minutes from downtown St. Louis with her husband and two daughters. She continues procrastinate and write on a daily basis and is excited to share her stories with new readers each and every day!