*A lost orphan. A forced goodbye. A treacherous plot.*
She was only 12…
…when she stopped trusting.
The day she loses her parents to a fiery car crash, Asha’s life is thrown into chaos.
She has no choice but to join an extended family, she never knew existed.
Then, one day, when a strange man visits, she realizes nothing is what it seems in her new home. In a world where girls are a commodity, evil can wear many faces and can be even your own kin.
Can she outwit those coming after her?
She’ll need all her guile to escape her fate in time.
But Asha’s a ferocious fighter who’ll never back down.
“A heart-stopping adventure! I just couldn’t put this down till I finished reading it.” ~ Advanced Reader.
This is an edge-of-your-seat, gritty tale of crime and deceit that will take you on a mad dash from the heart of Tanzania to a seaside village in India, to a ritzy North American city where evil can hide in the most unexpected of places.
Like Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? You’ll love Asha from the Red Heeled Rebels.
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The Girl Who Ran Away is the first novel of The Red Heeled Rebels international thriller series.
Formerly titled Betrayed / Disowned.
If you like gripping tales with flawed but gutsy heroines, vigilante action in exotic locales and twists that leave you at the edge of your seat, you’ll love these books by multiple award-winning Canadian novelist, Tikiri Herath.
Targeted Age Group:: Adult Readers
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My travels around the world. I’ve been an accidental traveler all my life, and have lived in fifteen cities, in seven countries, on four continents to date. I was born on a tropical island in the Indian Ocean, spent my childhood in the savannas of Southern Africa and have worked in South East Asia, North America and Europe.
My goal is to entertain the reader with a thrilling globe-trotting ride, so they feel like they're traveling the world without having to get a passport or buy an airline ticket.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I decided to write a story about a young woman who goes through experiences I witnessed, experienced or learned about, having lived in many places where women’s rights are not respected. I wanted to write a story about a girl who goes through adversity and hardship, but who rises up and fights back, and comes out stronger and wiser, despite what she endures.
The characters in my books are kickass strong, ferocious, and never back down. I hope this inspires women everywhere to stand up and speak up.
A dog barked somewhere in the neighborhood. Night had set in fully and I couldn’t see much.
I threw another pebble at the window. “Katy!” I hollered as loud as I dared.
I didn’t know when her shift ended or who else she’d be with. All I knew was she was working that evening and missing the pre-prom party everyone else was going to.
The front of the bakery was dark except for the dimmed security lights outside. There was a faint light at the back where I guessed the kitchen was, and that was where I was aiming my small stones.
I waited a few minutes and tried again.
“Katy! It’s me, Asha.”
Not a flicker of life inside.
I wondered if she’d finished her work and gone to the party already. I walked up the stairs and knocked on the door. Not a peep. After waiting a minute, I jiggled the handle like Ashok had done at the school an hour ago. Just like him, I had no luck.
I looked at the windows. They were similar to mine in Mrs. Rao’s home, close to the ground and large enough for someone small to sneak through. I tried the first window. It didn’t budge. I tried the second window. After some rattling, it slid open an inch.
If Katy or anyone else was inside, they’d get a fright, so I knocked gently on the pane. Not a sound from within. With my heart beating fast, I pushed the window up as silently as possible, parted the curtains, and slipped inside one leg at a time, like how Tim used to enter my basement room.
A flickering fluorescent light hummed above me. I sneezed. The place reeked of cigarette smoke and something sweet.
I waited for my eyes to adjust to the light.
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