Extremely sad, terrifying, disturbing, tormenting, heart-wrenching, eye-opening, brave, strong, and at the same time filled with love and sacrifice, Not Without My Daughter is unputdownable until you know what happened next and after that and so on and so forth going on to the last chapter. You breathe a sigh of relief and become happy for Betty Mahmoody and Mahtob.
Not Without My Daughter is an account of Betty Mahmoody’s experiences during 1984–86. She left Alpena, Michigan to travel to Tehran with her husband and daughter for a short visit as promised by her husband. She and her daughter were held against their wills in Tehran after two weeks of their visit. Betty Mahmoody became a prisoner to an Islamic culture hostile to Americans, her husband’s family hostile to her, and an abusive husband. Her husband separated her from her daughter for weeks, assaulted her and threatened to kill her if she tried to leave. However, she eventually fled with her daughter with the help she received from many Iranians and covered 500 miles/800 km to escape to Turkey, mostly on foot.
Noone can understand what Betty Mahmoody felt while she was captured in Tehran and being separated from her daughter, but we can take a glimpse of it all in this autobiography. Despite several opportunities to leave Tehran without her daughter, which was more easy and convenient, Betty Mahmoody patiently waited and risked for the right time and right opportunity to leave with her daughter. Kudos to Betty Mahmoody and Mahtob!