Eight years ago, seasoned photojournalist Annie Hawkins Green barely survived a Taliban ambush that left her military escort dead and a young Afghan girl dying in her arms, Since then, she has managed to suppress her memories of that brutal day until she returns to Afghanistan to teach a photography workshop at the secondary school for girls run by her expat best friend Darya Faludi. As the Taliban gain prominence in the once peaceful region, Annie's nightmares from her last time in-country come roaring back with a vengeance, But are they just dreams? The unshakeable feeling of a grim, watchful presence makes Annie think otherwise.
As Annie struggles with her nightmares, more trouble brews with the suspicion that Darya's teenage daughter is sneaking away at night to meet her shadowy boyfriend, Meanwhile, Annie's own daughter wages war with her father and stepmother back home, feeding Annie's all-consuming mom-guilt Her only comfort, a poetry-writing US Naval officer who saved her life all those years ago, is now at the other end of a satellite phone 7,000 miles away, How can he possibly keep her safe?
How can anyone?
Behind the Lens A novel by Jeannée Sacken Women's Fiction - Suspense Fiction Paperback 444 pages ISBN: 978-1-64538-194-5
BEHIND THE LENS has been selected for the 2022 Hawthorne Prize:
Winner in Fiction
BEHIND THE LENS has been selected as the 2021 American Writing Awards:
Book of the Year: Fiction
Winner in Fiction: Mystery/Suspense
Winner in Fiction: Women's Fiction.
BEHIND THE LENS has been selected as a Firebird Awards, Fourth Quarter 2021:
Best Debut Novel
Winner: Women's Fiction