Resonant and captivating, The Website by Miriam Verbeek takes readers on an amateur
detective's quest to stop a crime. Interpol invites Saskia van Essen to
investigate images of exploited children that are circulating on the dark web.
She finds herself in the Si'Empra kingdom, on the mountain Island cut away from
the rest of the world. Can she help Einar and Lian Marene unravel the hand
behind the pornographic images on the internet? While she is deft at tracing
codes, her challenges continue to grow as she immerses herself in a world with
unique social values, complicated relationships, and the quest for revenge. The
lives of many children depend on her. Can she succeed this time?
Miriam Verbeek's gift for setting will instantly win new readers. She sets the story in a fantasy world that is vividly drawn and hugely imaginative. The plot opens with a compelling premise — child pornography is a reality that is as disturbing as it is compelling for a novel. The female protagonist appears like a rookie, but there is far more to her in terms of depth than meets the eye. The way the author writes about the dark web is realistic and readers will find themselves challenged to think about the world beyond their keyboards. The Website features stellar writing, superior storytelling, and deft plotting. But what gives depth to this novel is the impeccable world-building and the author's ability to establish links where none is evident. This novel will appeal to fans of Sci-Fi, crime fiction, and thrillers that are balanced. The Website is a superbly paced, immersive treat with particularly poignant moments.