THERE IS ONLY ONE ESCAPE for five female back packers condemned TO HANG in Singapore - the emergence of an unprecedented and POLITICALLY EXPLOSIVE EXPLANATION which could justify Singapore relenting in a class A drug case FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS HISTORY.
Their offence had been to carry HEROIN into Singapore from their Tissue Trail trek on the Nepal Tibet border and HAD BEEN FOUND GUILTY despite having no knowledge that they were carrying.
Initially there is NO SIGN OF A SOLUTION. Then a medical researcher exploring the same Tissue Trail area TAKES VIDEO FOOTAGE of a salt caravan coming into Nepal from Tibet. This SEEMINGLY INNOCENT act leads to his arrest and interrogation not only in Nepal but also Singapore. When he TRIES TO DISCOVER WHY he starts to UNCOVER EVIDENCE that the women may be pawns in just the sort of political conspiracy needed by the defence.
As the researcher and his team get closer to the truth people START TO DIE. But NO ATTEMPT is made on the researcher himself. In a spell binding climax it becomes clear why
The Tissue Trail Conspiracy has a gripping start that pulled me in, particularly one young woman's experience as she's led to her execution. The details about what she sees until the hood is placed over her head, then what she hears, create an intense atmosphere. Had that atmosphere kept its pace through the rest of the book, this would've been a five-star read for me. Unfortunately, I felt like the story got a bit too convoluted at times. I expect some amount of that when conspiracies are part of the story, but this was a bit much for my taste. The book is also too often repetitive, which only served to draw me out of the story. This one could've been trimmed down some, and it would've been a more effective thriller. This tale does have potential, and it was worth the read despite my issues with it, but I don't think it quite lived up to what it could be, to what I was hoping for.