The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida, published June 2, 2015
Genre: literary suspense
A young woman takes off on her own to a foreign country and has to survive after her passport and wallet are stolen.
How she gets through the scrapes she gets into in an unfamiliar country is the basis of the novel. A little suspenseful and a bit of a travelogue at the same time, it shows what can happen to unsuspecting travelers - pickpockets, an unreliable police system, unfamiliarity with a new culture and customs, etc.
I really enjoyed this young woman's travel and how she survives and takes on a new persona as she is stripped of her old possessions or discards them as she has to face new situations. Running away from an unpleasant situation in her past, she comes to terms with the present and begins to create a new self.
I woke up at 3:30 a.m. to finish this book.That's how interesting I found the character and how well written the story.
First chapter, first paragraph:
When you find your seat you glance at the businessman sitting next to you and decide he's almost handsome. This is the second leg of your trip from Miami to Casablanca, and the distance traveled already muted the horror of the last two months. What's to stop you from having a conversation with this man, possibly even ordering two vodka tonics with the little lemon wedges that the flight attendant will place into our plastic cups with silver tongs? He's about your age, thirty-three, and, like you, appears to be traveling alone.How does the first paragraph grab you. Does it make you want to read on?