Somewhere Inside (2010)

In an eye-opening story, Laura and Lisa Ling deliver a heart-wrenching portrayal of a family trying to stay afloat when one of their own is a world away – trapped, scared, held captive in a shadowed country.

It’s a tale that only a select few could ever tell.  That readers may never understand but one that creates a unity between two distinctly different worlds and cultures.

Although the way it was told was jarring at times – jumping between Lisa and Laura’s perspectives – this book is a must read.  Often people question what occurs in other countries.  News travels from these countries but can often be translated by the news mediums voicing the stories to the public – losing the true meaning or even key facts due to their preferred portrayals.

But this book reveals a different side – a story right out of the darkest and most shadowed country in the world.  North Korea hides their news and their people from the world.  This story – Laura’s perspective more specifically – gives personality to those she met while in captivity.  She speaks of possible friendship and the humanity that she saw within her captors (some of them anyways).

The most interesting part of this book though is that Laura returns from North Korea with a story.  She has a chance to open up a focal point to a country that has been hidden from North American eyes for so long.

She shares her tale – her fear, her frustration, and her desperation – while changing the readers belief of the North Korean people.

This is a story of persistence and peace.  This is a story showing the importance of friends and the kindness of strangers.  This book… is a definite must-read.

Title: Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home

Authors: Laura Ling and Lisa Ling

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