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The Bracelet

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  306 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Humanitarian aid Abby Howell and reporter Nick Sinclair find themselves in the middle of a human trafficking ring in Pakistan. When Abby realizes she may have witnessed a murder by a high-ranking official, she and Nick must break the story before she becomes its next casualty.
Paperback, 318 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Gallery Books (first published 2012)
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Nov 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nichole
Originally posted on, reviewed by Nichole.

Humanitarian aid Abby Howell and reporter Nick Sinclair find themselves in the middle of a human trafficking ring in Pakistan. When Abby realizes she may have witnessed a murder by a high-ranking official, she and Nick must break the story before she becomes its next casualty.
I was really nervous to read The Bracelet because it discussed such a terrifying topic for me: sex trafficking. I live very close to Seattle, WA, which actually has
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Oh lookie! There goes my faith in humanity again..*waves goodbye for the millionth time this month*. This book pried my eyes open, yes, PRIED. I was aware of the horrors of human trafficking before ( a 32 BILLION dollar profit for this sick bastards!!), but not through such personal accounts, and I definitely did not feel the level of sickness, and disgust this book allowed me to feel. Roberta Gately included some heart-wrenching stories of pain in this pages, so I will start
Jan 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Abby Monroe needs to get away for a while. Especially after her boyfriend, Eric moved away and left her. Abby signs up to assist the UN. Abby is going for a morning run while on her last day in Geneva before she heads to Pakistan. While on her run, Abby hears a woman and a man arguing. The next thing Abby spies is the woman tumbling over the balcony to her death. All Abby can remember is the bracelet the woman was wearing on her arm. It was encrusted with lots of shiny jewels.

Abby travels to Pa
Mary (BookHounds)
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it

Abby Monroe, newly dumped and laid off from her job as a pediatric nurse, decides to leave her life behind and is hired by the UN to compile statistics for their vaccine program. It is a job she is uniquely qualified for and is assigned to Peshawar, Pakistan. On her way to the refuge camp, she stops in Geneva for training and on an early morning run, she witnesses what she believes is a murder. A women falls four stories and Abby rushes to where she lands, as she approaches sh
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2012
3.5 stars. "The Bracelet" is a fairly easy read about a very tough subject: human trafficking. Abby, a nurse, is running away from a failed relationship in the United States. She ends up in Pakistan, one of the most dangerous places in the world, as a UN worker. When she is there, she meets a journalist, Nick, who is chasing a story about human trafficking. Meanwhile, Abby, through her own work and her own relationships in Pakistan, becomes more aware of the issue with human trafficking. She als ...more
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I’ve read some books that portray the abuse that many women have suffered due to sexism or some other sort of prejudice, namely in the Middle East. I think that is a subject that needs to be discussed and brought to the media so that people realize that this is real and it is important to fight against it, and eradicate such atrocity. So it’s always good to know that some authors are brave enough to tackle such a delicate and meaningful topic.

Also, the topics for discussion at the end of the
Laurie Johnston
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it
“Human trafficking remains the world’s dirty little secret.” – Roberta Gately

“Commendable” seldom leaps to mind as the pertinent word to describe chick-lit, but commendable chick-lit this one is.

Boston nurse, Abby Monroe, wants a husband and meaningful work, and when prospects tank on both these fronts, accepts a short-term UN job based in Peshawar, Pakistan. Initially stuck behind a desk, she’s surprised how dull her assignment is—until New York Times reporter, Nick, requests her help in quest
Timely subject, great characters (needed more depth), insightful look at the politics of the middle-east and the workings of the UN. The crime of human trafficking is presented in riveting, humanistic, horrifying reality. While reading this book, I found myself wanting more. I read it in a little over a day, so it certainly kept my attention. The coincidence of the main character, Abby, witnessing a crime in Geneva in the beginning of the book and the involvement with the perpetrators later was ...more
Cheryl Buckworth
Nov 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
not going to read! i hate all the nasty stuff
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

The Bracelet follows the story of Abby, who, after being dumped the day after her 30th birthday and losing her job due to layoffs, runs away from her life by taking a job with the UN, as a nurse providing vaccinations in Pakistan. While there, Abby is touched by the suffering she sees in the poor, but soon comes to realize there are much bigger problems facing the populations she is sent to serve - n
The Bracelet is one of those books I requested an ARC of way back when, and let expire. Or so I thought. Turns out it didn't, and I finally got around to reading the book. Bad idea. I should have just let it lie on my computer.

I requested it for the subject matter, and coming from the subcontinent, I'm always interested in books set in the general vicinity. While I can appreciate that it deals with sex trafficking, I really hated the way it was dealt with - superficially. This is just a book wh
Nov 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-books-read
Abby Monroe is in Geneva for orientation after having lost her job as a nurse in Boston, where her position was slashed because of the recession. Her love life had also crashed when Eric, the love of her life, broke up with her by e-mail.

Abby's parents had wanted her to move in with them in Florida, but Abby chose to go work for the U.N. to get away from her heartbreak.

While in Geneva, Abby witnessed a jump or murder from an office complex. The young woman has either jumped, fallen or was pushe
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was wanting to like this book, largely because it deals with a serious, largely under-reported issue, but in the end... I found the writing weak, the characters not at all realistic and the story not believable as a result.

The plotline of the book is that Abby, totally inexperienced with worldwide humanitarian work, takes a job in Peshawar, Pakistan, working on a vaccination program. On the way to Pakistan, she witnesses a murder in Geneva, that is ultimately connected to her experienced in Pa
Miriam Downey
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Read my full review here: http://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot.c...

The Bracelet by Roberta Gately is a fictionalized look at the serious problem of human trafficking through the eyes of a UN nurse in Pakistan. Abby needed a big change; a romance that she had depended upon was over. Hurt and angry, the idea of working for the UN for a while seemed like a good idea. Get away. Make a fresh start.

Her first assignment is Peshawar Pakistan where she is to evaluate an immunization clinic for UNICEF. Be
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
THE BRACELET begins with Abby, a UN aid worker witnessing what she believes to be a murder on her last night of training in Geneva. As Abby arrives in Pakistan to begin her UN work at the vaccination clinic, she finds that she can't get the woman who dies or the bracelet she was wearing out of her mind or her dreams. Abby ends up taking the UN job after two upheavals in her life. First, her job at a hospital in New Orleans is gone when Hurricane Katrina destroys the hospital. Then she starts a n ...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was fascinating and tragic at the same time. It gave me a look inside the world of human trafficking at a time when my local church is getting involved in a local program dealing with human trafficking. It is really scary to me to think that there may be women in my own community who are trafficking victims - but that is a story for antoher day - back to The Bracelet.

Abby chose to go to Peshawar to get away from a broken heart and an unsatisfying job. She wasn't really thinking about
Viviane Crystal
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Abby Monroe has lost her job as a nurse after Hurricane Katrina wiped out the hospital in New Orleans where she worked. Soon thereafter her boyfriend Eric dumped her and moved from Boston to Oregon, saying he needed to do this alone. Now she's initially in Geneva, where she inadvertently witnesses a devastating crime which haunts her dreams for a very long time. Now, she just wants to get away which she does by being accepted for a UN job in Pakistan. The nightmare and sorrow of the past now bec ...more
Jan 31, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: narrativa
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The Bracelet is an easy-to-read novel about a not-so-easy topic: human trafficking. As I read The Bracelet, the term that came to mind was "human trafficking lite." Abby Monroe is an unbelievably naive young woman who has run off to Pakistan as a UN aide worker. Her decision to enter this "unstable security situation" was made hastily, post-breakup, and as a result, Abby had no idea what she was up against. For example, I found myself annoyed at Abby, who gallivanted off to Peshawar, never havin ...more
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am loving Roberta Gately more and more and becoming such a huge fan. The Bracelet was a book that I got to read on my way home from California. It's an easy read that keeps you on your toes and turning the page. This story touches a difficult topic that many of us know about, human trafficking, but not too many of us knows exactly what and how this is still going on. I think she did an incredible job tackling on this subject for this being a fictional story. I honestly was glued to this story ...more
Vidya Tiru
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
A story that opens up aspects of one of the oft-forgotten crime of human trafficking, The Bracelet is a thought provoking read. Kudos to the author for writing about such a tough topic and the widespread, global reach of human trafficking. Poverty, corruption in every level of government and humanitarian agencies, greed, as well as plain desperation all contribute to this in so many ways.
The sad tales of the women and children who end up being the victims bring the reader a harsh dose of realit
I received The Bracelet for free as a Goodreads First Read. The premise drew me in: a young nurse, Abby, tries to find herself by taking a job working for the UN in Peshawar, Pakistan. Abby saw something during her training that she was not supposed to see, the death of a woman that may not have been accidental. Nick, a reporter for the New York Times, has arranged to interview Abby for a piece he's writing on the work of the UN in the region. Together, Abby and Nick must work out how the dead w ...more
Abby is escaping heartbreak and job loss, when the UN offers her a job in Pakistan monitoring vaccinations of refugees she jumps at the chance to work in her field (she is a nurse who has work in vaccinations) help out the unfortunate and get out of Boston after her fiance dumps her.
On the way to Pakistan she witnesses a murder (???/suicide??/ accident) when a woman drops from a balcony literally at her feet.
She arrives in Pakistan traumatized but keeps the unsettling event to herself.
As the d
I enjoyed this entertaining read that also addresses a serious global issue: the horrendous, twisted underworld of human trafficking. But it definitely had some weaknesses too: although the victimized women and children in this novel were sensitively portrayed and their stories were presented with a haunting blend of emotion and gritty realism, the two main characters, Abby and Nick, seemed like cardboard cutouts in comparison. In particular, I was often very frustrated and annoyed by ...more
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Whew! What an ending! Tanker trucks exploding, helicopters landing, people running for their lives!!

Nurse Abby Howell has run away - from New York, from a failed relationship - when she enlists with the UN and is sent to Pakistan to keep statistics on infant immunizations. Sounds like a pretty easy desk job? Not after Abby visits the refugee camp and witnesses, first hand, the deplorable conditions, the lack of basic necessities, and the wall filled to overflowing with pictures of "The Lost" --
Freda Mans-Labianca
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
An deeply emotional topic, human trafficking. Yet, it happens every day around the world, even our own backyards, while we are somewhat oblivious.
This book is about a UN worker and a reporter who try to do more. I use the word try very loosely, as its' the most difficult task to take on. Terror, fear, and more bone-chilling feelings are most of what you take out of a situation as that one. Having to find a way to stay safe and get word out about what is happening, reminds me why most of the worl
Olga Ptashnyuk
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
very nice easy read book - something you can take with you on the airplane (easy to follow story). It was a nice switch for me after reading too much of the classical books. The one thing I did not like about the book is the end: it felt like everything happend a little too fast. I had to read 2-3 times the same paragraph trying to understand what happened to the main "bad guy". The end was, of course, very predictable, but even though I expected it to be like that, I felt like everything happen ...more
Oct 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-gave-away
After reading the description of this book, I was expecting a bit of a more gritty kind of book which isn't really what this is. Even though it wasn't what I was expecting it to be it was still a pretty good book. I liked the story line, it was easy to read and stay in the flow of the story.

The two main characters are Nick and Abby, I can't say I ever warmed up to Abby and while I liked Nick's character I never really saw him as a romantic interest. I actually found myself wishing the romantic
May 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Despite the sometimes "corny and repetitive dialog" and the usual "girl meets boy and falls in love" sub-story line, I liked this book. The topic of human sex trafficking was interesting as a main topic and the author did a good job of holding my attention throughout the story. It was an easy and quick read. This is far from the best book that I have ever read, but since I paid only $2 for the book at a non-profit fundraiser, I feel as though it was worth my expense and time. If you can look pas ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
After losing her job and her boyfriend, Abby Monroe takes a job as a UN worker in Pakistan. Murder, human trafficking and a new country are light years away from her normal reality.

I liked Abby well enough, but for all her education and experience, she was woefully ignorant of how many in this world live. Perhaps too many of us are. Her intentions to help and change this world were noble, however, and when she finds her cause in helping women who have been liberated from the sex trade, she is co
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A nurse, humanitarian aid worker, and writer, Roberta Gately has served in third-world war zones ranging from Africa to Afghanistan. She has written extensively on the subject of refugees for the Journal of Emergency Nursing, as well as a series of articles for the BBC World News Online. She speaks regularly on the plight of the world’s refugees and displaced.
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