Behind the Lens

by Jeannée Sacken

Eight years ago, seasoned photojournalist Annie Hawkins Green barely survived a Taliban ambush that left her military escort dead and a young Afghan girl dying in her arms, Since then, she has managed to suppress her memories of that brutal day until she returns to Afghanistan to teach a photography workshop at the secondary school for girls run by her expat best friend Darya Faludi. As the Taliban gain prominence in the once peaceful region, Annie's nightmares from her last time in-country come roaring back with a vengeance, But are they just dreams? The unshakeable feeling of a grim, watchful presence makes Annie think otherwise.

As Annie struggles with her nightmares, more trouble brews with the suspicion that Darya's teenage daughter is sneaking away at night to meet her shadowy boyfriend, Meanwhile, Annie's own daughter wages war with her father and stepmother back home, feeding Annie's all-consuming mom-guilt Her only comfort, a poetry-writing US Naval officer who saved her life all those years ago, is now at the other end of a satellite phone 7,000 miles away, How can he possibly keep her safe?

How can anyone?



"A gripping Afghan tale starring a strong hero wielding a camera."
Kirkus Reviews
"A powerful, heartbreaking story of an American woman seeking redemption after exploiting a photographic moment in an Afghani village."
Shauna Singh Baldwin, author of What the Body Remembers, The Tiger Claw, and The Selector of Souls
“From page one of Behind the Lens, Jeannée Sacken plunges her readers headlong into a foreign and often hostile culture—total immersion."
Jennifer Trethewey, author of the Highlanders of Balforss series
“I dare you to read the first chapter of Behind the Lens and put it down. It can’t be done.”
Judy Bridges, author of Shut Up & Write!




Behind the Lens
A novel by Jeannée Sacken
Women's Fiction - Suspense Fiction
444 pages
ISBN: 978-1-64538-194-5


BEHIND THE LENS has been selected for the 2022 Hawthorne Prize:
Winner in Fiction

BEHIND THE LENS has been selected as the 2021 American Writing Awards:
Book of the Year: Fiction
Winner in Fiction: Mystery/Suspense
Winner in Fiction: Women's Fiction.

BEHIND THE LENS has been selected as a Firebird Awards, Fourth Quarter 2021:
Best Debut Novel
Winner: Women's Fiction
Winner: Suspense website: © Copyright by Jeannée Sacken
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