"Women are basically flawed. They are despicable creatures, unable to think, easily swayed." A man who had mutilated and then killed his wife, spoke these words from an open jail cell during a television documentary. His wife's friends appealed to viewers to focus world attention on her death and the plight of others like her, for whom it might not be too late. My novel tries to answer that appeal.In The Honour Killings, Sara and her two friends have just graduated from high school. They look forward with high hopes to career or marriage, or perhaps both. But their families lock them up and force unwilling marital choices on them. Sara flees from her family and gets away with her life. Her two school friends are not so lucky. Tani is sliced up with a carving knife and left for dead. Her husband sets fire to Minoo, who dies in Sara's arms. With the help of good friends, Sara fights for her freedom as her family pursues her across a continent. She knows that only by her own survival can she secure justice and world recognition for her friends.